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Prep girls basketball: Panthers, Badgers finish tied for first place

Cove’s Kindra Moore (32) takes the ball to the basket against Powder Valley Friday.
Cove’s Kindra Moore (32) takes the ball to the basket against Powder Valley Friday.
COVE — Kindra Moore stepped to the free-throw line trying to give her team a chance at a second-place finish in the Old Oregon League against Powder Valley Friday. Moore knocked down the two shots, her only two points of the game, allowing the Cove girls basketball team to hold on to a 45-40 win.

Cove got a little help for the opening points in the game when Powder Valley scored in the Leopards’ basket off a missed free throw.

Cove’s defense took care of the rest, taking a 10-4 lead after the first quarter.

The Leopards pushed their largest lead out to 16 points, but Powder Valley didn’t fade away. 

The Badgers cut the lead down to one, but Kayla Johnson connected on all four of her free-throw chances in the final quarter to hold off the rally.

Molly Delcurto finished the game with a team-high 11 points for Cove. Johnson finished with 10 points.

Alexandra Colton led Powder Valley with 13 points, while Bailee Allen finished with 11 points.

Cove won the second seed on a coin flip after finishing the regular season tied with the Badgers with a 7-3 OOL record.

The Badgers will open the postseason tournament against Pine Eagle Thursday at Baker City High School. 

Cove will play the winner of that game Friday.

Panthers win finale

IMBLER — The Imbler girls basketball team handled the pressure of the regular-season finale with ease Friday.

A senior night game, with the top league spot on the line turned into a 50-24 win against Wallowa Friday.

Imbler jumped out quickly, taking a 21-12 lead at the half. The Panthers widened the gap in the third quarter with an 18-6 advantage in the quarter.

Jessica McDaniel finished with a team-high 14 points, while Emma Bowers finished with 10 points. 

Lexee Robertson and Katie Barry each scored seven points.

Kristyn Young and Taylor Harshfield each scored six points for Wallowa.

The Cougars open the postseason tournament against Joseph Thursday at Baker City High School. Imbler will play the winner of that game Friday.

Union keeps streak going

UNION — After doing most of its work in the first quarter, the Union girls basketball team coasted to a 63-39 win against Irrigon Saturday.

Led by Keesha Sarman’s 17 points, the Bobcats closed out the season with a six-game winning streak.

Union jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead, but didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter.

Elly Wells added 15 points, while Sarah Good scored 14 points  for the Bobcats.

Beatriz Aguleria finished with nine points for the Knights.

Good got the ball rolling during a 46-30 win against Grant Union Friday.

Good scored eight of her 10 points in the first quarter, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and a pair of free throws.

Sarman took control in the second half. The junior scored 12 of her 18 points in the final two quarters.

Union will open the conference tournament against Weston-McEwen at 1 p.m. Friday in Hermiston.

Outlaws grab playoff spot

ENTERPRISE — The Outlaws won a must-win game against Grant Union 38-36 Saturday. 

The Enterprise girls had an eight-point lead at the end of the first half, but Grant Union tied it up 27-all by the close of the third. 

“The fourth quarter was a battle to get to the end,” said Enterprise head coach Mike Crawford. 

Once more the teams were tied late in the fourth, and the Outlaws hit 3-of-4 free throws to win the game. 

For Enterprise, Hayley Riggs scored a game-high 10 points. 

Hannah Schaafsma and Tiffanie George both finished with eight points.

Sarah Wright, of Grant Union, ended the night with eight points. Emily Mosley and Taylor Smith scored seven points each. 

The Enterprise girls basketball team beat Heppner with four tie-breaking free throws 48-44 Friday. 

After pushing hard in the fourth quarter to make up a nine-point deficit, the Outlaws tied the game late in the quarter 44-all. They were fouled twice and hit all four free throws for the win. 

Hayley Riggs finished with a game high 20 points, including two 3-pointers in the fourth. Tiffanie George ended the night with 10 points, making the final two free throws of the game. Schaafsma added seven points in the win. 

For Heppner, Kelly Wilson scored 12 points, Micha Hintz finished with 11 and Jessica Kempken ended the night with eight points. 

Enterprise travels to Hermiston for a district game against Elgin starting at 6 p.m. Friday. 

Elgin sneaks into playoffs

ELGIN — Elgin’s girls basketball team beat Heppner 46-32 Saturday. 

Heppner started the game off with a 9-2 run. 

“Our girls stiffened their backs, took the lead, only losing it in a tie once, and kept it for the rest of the game,” Elgin head coach Mike Slater said. 

Elgin’s Katie Witherspoon finished the night with a game-high 16 points, making 12-of-14 free throws, 11-of-12 in the fourth quarter. Jordyn Anderson scored 14 points and Stormy Silver finished with six points. 

For Heppner, Kelly Wilson scored 13 points and Jessica Kempken finished the night with seven. 

The Huskies beat Stanfield 41-20 Friday night. 

Mike Slater said Miah Slater, who usually is the team’s top scorer, cleaned up by rebounding basket after basket and anchoring the defense. 

Silver scored  a game-high nine points. Anderson finished with eight points. Both Miah Slater and Jessika Collins ended the game with six points. It was the first game for Collins to score in the season. 

For Stanfield, Laura Herrera scored five points. Jonnie Gregerson, Maddie Griffin and Ashlee O’Neill scored three points each. 

The Huskies will be in Hermiston for a district game against Enterprise starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

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