Powder's teams, Cove girls reach 1A state
By Pat Perkins
Observer Staff Writer
BAKER CITY The Crane Mustangs wanted a trip to state just as much as the Powder Valley Badgers.
That made Fridays boys semifinal game at the District 4-1A Basketball Tournament more exciting for all involved, especially the Badgers, who pulled out a 63-59 victory.
Thats what the district tournament is supposed to be about, Powder Valley coach Blake Jones said after his team blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead yet came back to win. Crane just never backs off. Theyre a tough ball team.
Powder Valley will play Jordan Valley, a 46-31 winner Friday over Prairie City, in tonights championship game. Both teams will play in two weeks at the state tournament at Baker High School.
Crane reared up twice against Powder Valley, taking the lead in the second quarter and again in the fourth quarter after falling behind. They took advantage of Badger turnovers in the fourth and scored the periods first 11 points.
Enter Powders Brody Turner and Riley Martin, teammates since the seventh grade.
He and I do the two-man practice and we pull it out when we need it, said Turner, whose jumper gave Powder Valley a 52-51 lead with 5:50 to play. Martin scored off a Turner pass, then Turner got a rebound and hit another jumper to push the lead to 56-51.
Martin had his second-straight 20-point performance, getting 22 points and 13 rebounds. Turner had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Ryan Browne added 11 rebounds.
Powder Valley (14-8) led 23-16 after the first quarter but fell behind early in the second. The Badgers finally tied the game 32-32 at the end of the half when Martin sank a layup at the buzzer.
Chance Miller led Crane with 20 points, with Ryan Joyce adding 17 points and Kenny Haigh getting 14.
Powder Valley boys 23 9 18 13 63
Crane 16 16 8 19 59
Powder Valley Browne 2-8 4-8 8, Thompson 3-9 1-3 7, Turner 9-20 2-2 20, Heffernan 2-4 2-2 6, Martin 9-16 4-8 22, Taylor, Lyman. Totals: 25-57 13-23 63.
Crane Mitchell 1-4 0-0 2, Miller 7-19 4-4 20, Haigh 6-9 2-5 14, Joyce 7-17 3-5 17, Courtney 1-6 2-6 4, Dowell 0-2 0-0 0, Colvin 1-4 0-2 2. Totals: 23-61 11-22 59.
Three-pointers Powder Valley 0-8 (Browne 0-1, Thompson 0-4, Turner 0-2, Martin 0-1), Crane 2-10 (Miller 2-8, Joyce 0-2). Fouled out Heffernan, Courtney. Total fouls Powder Valley 17, Crane 17. Technical fouls None. Turnovers Powder Valley 16, Crane 14. Rebounds Powder Valley 41 (Martin 13, Browne 11, Turner 10), Crane 42 (Haigh 10). Assists Powder Valley 8 (three with two), Crane 6 (Joyce 2).
Cove returns to state
By most accounts, Cove should have crushed Spray as badly as it defeated Mitchell two days earlier.
Nobody told the Eagles that, however, and they gave the Leopards all they could handle in Fridays girls semifinal game at the District 4-1A Basketball Tournament.
We knew they were aggressive because we watched them play Adrian, said Coves Kelcie Robinson, who scored 25 points in the Leopards 71-34 victory. We usually kind of start out slow thats not an excuse, thats just the way it is. I wish we wouldnt.
Robinson and teammates Lisa Scheele and Cassie Mills got into early foul trouble that limited their minutes and gave Spray, the Trico League champions, extended hope of staying with the Old Oregon League runner-up. It wasnt until midway through the second quarter, when Robinson hit a turnaround jumper and sank two free throws, that the Leopards really pulled away.
Toni Whittall hit a jumper and Kathy Mann drilled a 3-pointer, and Cove gave itself some breathing room.
I talked to the girls before the game about staying out of foul trouble, Cove coach Dick Royes said. So when we got in foul trouble, you saw I didnt have a smile on my face.
Spray beat Adrian at the free throw line Wednesday, and Royes didnt want to give the Eagles the opportunity to repeat that result.
I felt that if we didnt put them on the line at the beginning of the game we could win it, Royes said.
Sixth-ranked Cove plays Old Oregon League rival Powder Valley in tonights championship game. Powder Valley, ranked third in the state, has won both of this seasons meetings.
Sixteen of Robinsons points came after halftime, including the first eight of the fourth quarter.
It felt good because we knew we could beat them by that amount, she said. I get really frustrated when I foul because I dont like sitting on the bench and watching.
Scheele had 15 points for Cove, and Whittall added 13 rebounds.
Lacy Brewer led Spray with 13 points, with Rachael Fischer adding 12 points.
Tonights championship game is a rematch of last years district semifinal game, which the Leopards won 53-28. That loss kept Powder Valley out of the state tournament, and Cove went on to take fourth at state.
Tonights game will determine seeding at state both teams are in with wins Friday but it wont be any less tense. Cove and Powder Valley battled throughout the volleyball season, too, with the Leopards beating the Badgers in the state title game.
Cove girls 12 18 21 20 71
Spray 7 12 7 8 34
Cove Scheele 6-9 3-5 15, Whittall 2-8 2-3 6, Mann 4-14 0-0 9, Robinson 9-11 7-7 25, Puckett 2-7 0-0 4, Pereira 0-1 0-5 0, Jes.Johnson, Jen.Johnson 2-2 2-2 6, C.Cain 1-3 0-0 2, Holland 2-2 0-0 4, J.Cain, Keagle, Mills 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 28-59 14-22 71.
Spray L.Brewer 2-17 8-11 13, Garber 0-1 0-0 0, C.Brewer 1-4 1-2 3, Cromwell 1-4 0-2 2, Fischer 4-22 3-4 12, Williams, Reznicek, Knapp 2-4 0-2 4, Majors, Miller, Cromwell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-53 12-21 34.
Three-pointers Cove 1-3 (Mann 1-3), Spray 2-18 (L.Brewer 1-8, Fischer 1-9, Cromwell 0-1). Fouled out L.Brewer, Garber. Total fouls Cove 17, Spray 22. Technical fouls None. Turnovers Cove 17, Spray 19. Rebounds Cove 49 (Whittall 13), Spray 32 (Cromwell 7). Assists Cove 10 (Mann 5), Spray 4 (four with one).
PV wins behind Bain
Joelle Bain had another huge game for Powder Valley in their Friday win over Crane at the District 4-1A Girls Basketball Tournament.
Bain scored 26 points in their 51-40 win. Bain scored 25 on Mitchell in Thursdays game.
Free throws also decided Fridays outcome.
Crane made 13 of 24 free throws, while Powder Valley nailed 16 of 26 from the line.
Powder Valley coach Allen Bingham said Crane made all of their free throws in the first half, but they missed them in the second half.
Crane girls 6 11 14 9 40
Powder Valley 13 12 11 15 51
Crane Wright, Maher 2 4-8 9, Nichols, Oelke, Ugalde 4 3-4 11, Cargill, Anderson 6 3-8 15, Pelroy 1 3-4 5. Totals: 13 13-24 40.
Powder Valley Harrison 1 3-4 5, Taylor 4 1-3 9, Wisdom 1 0-0 3, Bingham 2 0-0 4, Lyman, Russell, Kasper 1 0-2 2, Bain 8 10-13 26, Simonis 0 2-4 2. Totals: 17 16-26 51.
Three-pointers Crane, Maher; Powder Valley, Wisdom. Fouled out Wright. Total fouls Crane 21, Powder Valley 20. Technical fouls None.