SHOOTING WOES PUSH ENTERPRISE OUT OF TITLE RACE
By Pat Perkins
Observer Staff Writer
PENDLETON It wasnt Enterprises night, and this wont be Enterprises year.
If the Enterprise girls basketball wants to win a state trophy for the seventh year in a row, it will have to beat Harrisburg in a fourth-place semifinal tonight.
Santiam and Erin Plotts proved too much for Enterprise in Wednesdays 52-36 quarterfinal game at the OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 2A Girls Basketball State Championships at Pendleton High School.
There can only be one champion and it isnt going to be us, Enterprise coach Mike Crawford said. We were just off a click. Thats the way it happens.
Plotts had a monster of a game, scoring 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. She grabbed 18 rebounds, three steals and had five assists.
They were a tough matchup for us, Crawford said. The problem was they had some mismatches on us and they just lit us up.
The mismatches came on the perimeter, where the Wolverines hit six 3-pointers, including five in the first half that dropped Enterprise (20-6) into an early deficit.
Erin Plotts, Kim Plotts and Jennie Benjamin each hit a pair of 3-pointers in the game for Santiam.
Enterprise, meanwhile, was 1-for-13 from long range and 15-for-54 overall from the field, hitting 27 percent.
Last night we found a comfort zone and tonight we couldnt find anything out there, Crawford said.
Santiam held Enterprise to five points in each of the first and third quarters. Enterprise, at most, scored five points in a row, but traded baskets with the Wolverines most of the time.
Erin Plotts, a 5-foot-10 forward, played Enterprises 6-1 post Ashley Anderson even throughout the game. Anderson had 20 points and nine rebounds, but her teammates were 5-for-36 from the field.
Santiam beat Enterprise 56-41 in December at the Oregon Trail Classic in Pendleton.
I dont know if playing them earlier in the season had anything to do with it, Crawford said. Theyre just a good basketball team and they played a good game tonight.
Santiam girls 12 15 13 12 52
Enterprise 5 14 5 12 36
Santiam K.Plotts 5-15 0-2 12, Benjamin 2-7 0-0 6, Hoover, E.Plotts 9-14 2-2 22, Zauner 6-13 0-2 12, Stewart 0-1 0-0 0, Gutierrez 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 22-53 2-6 52.
Enterprise Dawson 3-10 1-2 7, Gardner 0-3 0-1 0, Davis 1-5 1-4 3, Nobles 1-10 0-0 3, Anderson 9-18 2-3 20, Harvey 0-2 0-0 0, Conrad. Totals: 15-54 5-12 36.
Three-pointers Santiam 6-19 (K.Plotts 2-9, Benjamin 2-6, E.Plotts 2-4), Enterprise 1-13 (Dawson 0-1, Gardner 0-3, Davis 0-2, Nobles 1-6, Anderson 0-1). Fouled out Gutierrez. Total fouls Santiam 13, Enterprise 12. Technical fouls None. Turnovers Santiam 15, Enterprise 15. Rebounds Santiam 42 (E.Plotts 18), Enterprise 36 (Anderson 9). Assists Santiam 13 (K.Plotts 5, E.Plotts 5), Enterprise 9 (Gardner 4).