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LA GRANDE GIRLS LOSE A ROAD HEARTBREAKER TO VALE

VALE — The La Grande girls will be looking to bounce back tonight against Ontario after suffering a heartbreaking loss on the road to Vale Friday.

La Grande controlled most of this game, but it slipped away late in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers jumped out to a 9-0 lead early in the first quarter, and took a 33-22 lead into the fourth. But, the Tigers were outscored 25-9 in the fourth, as Vale ended up nipping La Grande 47-42.

"We turned the ball over a lot and they made their free throws int he fourth quarter and we didn't," said coach Isaac Williams.

La Grande was led by Amber Rasmussen's 16 points.

La Grande (3-2 in Greater Oregon League, 7-8 overall), is now enmeshed in a four-way dogfight for second place in the GOL. Burns is undefeated in league after beating Ontario Friday, leaving La Grande, Ontario, Vale and Baker all battling for second with identical won-loss records.

Vale 47, La Grande 42

La Grande 13 9 11 9 — 42

Vale girls 4 11 7 25 — 47

La Grande — Morgan Bonney 2 0-0 4, Ellyn Herman 1 0-0 2, Jenna Jensen 2 4-6 8, Amber Rasmussen 6 4-10 16, Jill Jensen 1 3-5 5, Mikell Woodfield 1 1-2 3, Kayla Crouch 2 0-3 4, Tricia Nebeker, Kelly Bedard. Totals: 15 12-28 42.

Vale — Pugh 4 4-5 14, E. Mooney 0 0-2 0, Carmichael 0 0-2 0, K. Mooney 3 8-10 14, Haueter 6 0-0 14, Lacey 2 1-5 5, Kamo, Shaffeld, Delong,. Totals: 15 13-24 47.

Three-pointers — La Grande, none; Vale 4 (Pugh 2, Haueter 2). Fouled out — Jill Jensen, E. Mooney. Total fouls — La Grande 17, Vale 21. Technical fouls — none.

Union improves to 7-1 in league

UNION — The Union girls came away with a 48-40 Wapiti League basketball victory over Elgin Friday.

"Elgin played strong, aggressive defense," Union coach Wayne Herron said.

Herron said the Bobcats kept their composure and showed good concentration at the free-throw line.

They were 10-for-11 at the line in the first quarter. They finished 18-for-29.

Union's Angie Collins came off the bench and filled in when posts Sandra Meredith and April Savely got into foul trouble, Herron said.

"She did an outstanding job," he said. "I was real pleased with her."

Collins had eight rebounds, six points and four steals.

Kallin Prince scored 23 points to lead the Bobcats (7-1 in league, 9-5 overall). She also had three steals.

Savely had nine points and three steals. Meredith had seven rebounds, three steals and two points. Chelsea Herron had four points and two steals. Shannon Mitchell had three steals.

Elgin (2-6, 6-7) was led by Tiffany Fincher's 14 points.

Elgin played at Nyssa, while Union took on Grant Union in John Day today.

Union 48, Elgin 40

Elgin girls 10 8 8 14 — 40

Union 20 11 8 9 — 48

Elgin — Rebecca Sanders 0 2-2 2, Amber Looslie 1 0-0 2, Brittany Beedle 2 0-3 4, Hailey Wiles 3 0-0 7, Kit McClure 0 0-1 0, Delia Darrow 1 0-0 2, Josie Cross 2 0-0 4, Tiffany Fincher 6 2-3 14, Kristin Thamert 1 0-0 2, Mary Alice Tucker 1 1-6 3, Alli Burgess. Totals: 17 5-15 40.

Union — Lena Weitlauf 2 0-0 4, Chelsea Herron 1 2-6 4, Kallin Prince 7 7-10 23, Sandra Meredith 0 2-2 2, April Savely 3 3-5 9, Angie Collins 1 4-6 6, Kara Baxter, Shannon Mitchell, Jennifer Brotherton. Totals: 14 18-29 48.

Three-pointers — Elgin 1 (Wiles); Union 2 (Prince 2). Rebound leader — Collins 8. Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Elgin 22, Union 16. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — Union def. Elgin.

Joseph girls come back to beat Imbler

JOSEPH — The Joseph basketball girls roared back in a huge fourth quarter to nip Imbler 50-46 Friday.

Joseph (2-6 in Wapiti League, 3-12 overall) has lost its share of close games this year, and the Eagles entered the fourth quarter Friday down 38-34. But, the Joseph girls outscored the Panthers 16-8 over the final eight minutes.

"We played with a lot of heart in the fourth. We played with a killer instinct," said coach Dan Butterfield. He said Beth McClaran came up with several clutch rebounds in that big fourth quarter.

McClaran ended with 11 rebounds and eight points. Anna Yost had a huge game, scoring 22 and pulling down nine boards. Julie Butterfield scored 13 and had 11 rebounds.

Imbler (2-7 in Wapiti League, 6-11 overall) was led by Hannah Hall with 19 points. The Panthers play today at home against Enterprise. Joseph travels to Halfway to take on undefeated Pine-Eagle.

Joseph 50, Imbler 46

Imbler 13 11 14 8 — 46

Joseph girls 11 12 11 16 — 50

Imbler — Mandy Griffin 2 2-3 6, Emily Westover 0 0-2 0, Penny Cline 2 2-2 7, Hannah Hall 7 4-6 19, Kayla Ritter 3 1-2 8, Sarah Hill 2 0-0 4, Stacey Clinkenbeard 1 0-0 2, Janell Bartell, Megan Matthews, Shandi Lovins. Totals: 17 9-16 46.

Joseph — Holly Parker 0 3-5 3, Julie Butterfield 6 1-2 13, Anna Yost 8 6-11 22, Beth McClaran 4 0-0 8, Emily Williams 2 0-0 4, Joy Kuppinger, Brooke Moncrief, Amanda Exon. Totals: 20 10-18 50.

Three-pointers — Imbler 3 (Cline, Hall, Ritter); Joseph, none. Fouled out — Westover. Total fouls — Imbler 19, Joseph 14. Technical fouls — none.

JV result — Joseph won.

Enterprise girls stay in playoff hunt

ENTERPRISE — The Enterprise basketball girls jumped all over Nyssa Friday in a game they had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and never let the Bulldogs to come back.

Enterprise won 48-36 to go 3-5 in Wapiti League (9-7 overall), one game behind 4-4 Nyssa for the fourth and final playoff spot. If Enterprise had lost this game, the girls would have been three games back of Nyssa and in serious trouble.

Enterprise coach Mike Crawford said four out of the girls' five league losses have been close. Enterprise got ahead 11-2 after the first quarter and 23-12 after the half.

Nyssa came back in the second half and cut the Enterprise lead down to five.

But, we answered and separated at the end," said Crawford.

Enterprise plays at Imbler today and at Elgin Tuesday in a make-up game.

Enterprise 48, Nyssa 36

Nyssa 2 10 13 11 — 36

Enterprise girls 11 12 10 15 — 48

Nyssa — 3 0-2 7, Leos 3 1-4 7, Kurtz 4 0-0 8, Booth 2 0-0 4, Moody 0 1-3 1, Jasper 0 2-3 2, A. Escobedo 2 1-4 5, Mitchell 0 2-2 2, Y. Escobedo. Totals: 14 7-18.

Enterprise — Jessica Marcum 3 0-0 6, Chelcee Noland 1 0-0 2, Jessie Morgan 3 6-8 13, Kayla Stoffel 2 2-3 6, Kallie Hadden 6 1-1 13, Caitlin 4 0-0 8, Madi Smith, Stefanie McCready, Jennifer McCready. Totals: 19 9-15 48.

Three-pointers — Nyssa 1 (Ramos); Enterprise 1 (Morgan). Fouled out — Kurtz, Moody, Baird. Total fouls — Nyssa 18, Enterprise 18.

JV score — Nyssa 45, Enterprise 34.

Badger girls crush Prairie City

NORTH POWDER — The Powder Valley girls got back on the winning track in a big way Friday, romping all over Prairie City 67-22.

Powder Valley was ranked No. 1 in the state until the girls lost a close one to Crane in North Powder Saturday. Crane is now the co-No. 1 team in the state, while Powder Valley (7-1 in Old Oregon League, 13-3 overall) is ranked No. 3.

Powder Valley got ahead 41-10 at the half and cruised the rest of the way. Coach Allen Bingham said the Powder Valley girls shot the ball well against Prairie City.

Leading the way for the Badgers was Joelle Bain, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Lacey Lyman had 12 points and Hailee Bingham 10.

Powder Valley hosts Wallowa today.

Powder Valley 67, Prairie City 22

Prairie City girls 4 6 5 7 — 22

Powder Valley 18 23 16 10 — 67

Prairie City — C. Rico 2 0-0 4, Denton 2 0-0 5, D. Rico 1 0-0 2, Reed 1 0-0 2, Black 4 0-0 8, Cary 0 1-2 1, Voigt, Smith, Teague, Storey. Totals 10 1-2 22.

Powder Valley — Heather Tittle 2 0-0 4, Allen Bingham 2 2-4 10, Alisha Thompson 1 2-2 4, Shauna Nelson 4 0-0 8, Lacey Lyman 4 2-2 12, Kali Miller 2 3-6 7, Joelle Bain 6 5-6 18, Savannah Shroyer 2 0-0 4, Kris Wendt, Sabrina Rich, Trista Wendt. Totals: 24 14-20 67.

Three-pointers — PC 1 (Denton); PV 5 (Lyman 2, Bain, Bingham). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — PC 14, PV 9. Technical fouls — none.

 
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