TIGER GIRLS GO AHEAD 27-0, ROLL TO WIN
The La Grande basketball girls started their game Friday in incredible fashion, going up 27-0 over the first 13 1/2 minutes against Vale.
After building that huge lead, the girls coasted the rest of the way in a 60-24 win.
La Grande (11-6 overall, 4-1 in GOL) gave up just a single field goal in that first half, as they played their best game since their starting all-league point guard Lindsey Carmichael went down with torn knee ligaments.
"They really came out ready to play, that was obvious," said coach Isaac Williams.
The girls actually struggled in a victory last week over Riverside, but Williams said they played much better on the road in a loss against an extremely good Burns team last Saturday, as the Tigers began learning to play without Carmichael.
"As a team, we started seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel at Burns," said Williams. "Tonight was another step in the right direction."
Christie Weaver scored 24 points and had a solid all-around game with rebounds and steals. She also did a good job of taking care of the ball. Weaver and Jenna Jensen each hit two three-pointers.
The girls have a huge test Saturday, as they play the No. 1 ranked 3A team in the state, Ontario, on the road. Ontario is 14-1 on the season and 5-0 in GOL.
Vale girls 0 5 14 5 24
La Grande 15 12 16 17 60
Vale Erin Pugh 2 2-2 6, Megan Haueter 1 1-2 3, Katy Mooney 7 1-2 15, Lindsay Ables, Marja-Lsa Obst, Kimoko Kamo, Elisa Mooney, Trish Lacey. Totals: 10 4-6 24.
La Grande Christie Weaver 9 4-6 24, Amanda Schuft 1 2-2 4, Amber Rasmussen 3 2-2 8, Jenna Jensen 2 0-2 6, Amanda Timm 3 1-1 7, Nikki Nielson 2 0-0 5, Kayla Crouch 2 0-2 4, Jill Jensen 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 9-15.
Three-pointers Vale, none; La Grande 5 (Weaver 2, Jenna Jensen 2, Nielson). Fouled out Haueter. Total fouls Vale 13, La Grande 13. Technical fouls none.
JV score La Grande 25, Vale 23