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DOUBLE TEAM: Freshman Jill Jensen (center) and senior Lauren Sternfeld defend Pendletons Cydney Corey during the third quarter of Tuesdays game. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).
DOUBLE TEAM: Freshman Jill Jensen (center) and senior Lauren Sternfeld defend Pendletons Cydney Corey during the third quarter of Tuesdays game. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).

By Pat Perkins

Observer Staff Writer

What a difference a few practices make.

Ten days after losing by two points to Pendleton, the La Grande Tigers held the Bucks to two points in the first quarter and rolled to a 67-31 non-league girls basketball victory Tuesday night.

Were not doing anything different, its just we had more time to work on it and were better at it, La Grande coach Isaac Williams said.

The half-court defense worked well, the press-break offense worked well just about everything worked for the Tigers, who had four players score in double figures and led 21-2 at one point.

We just did a great job passing the ball tonight, which was our Achilles heel last time, Williams said.

Pendleton recovered somewhat in the second quarter but never stopped La Grandes offense. Christie Weaver, last years Greater Oregon League player of the year, did not have as many scoring opportunities as normal, Williams said, but it didnt matter. Amanda Schuft hit several outside shots and took Weavers passes for easy layups. She had 10 of her 14 points in the first half.

Schuft also had four rebounds and six assists, many of them to teammates Weaver, Karli Nebeker and Lindsey Carmichael, who each scored 12 points. Weaver had six assists, six rebounds and four steals.

The Tigers play their next nine games on the road, starting Saturday at Hermiston. La Grandes next home game is Jan. 11 against Grant Union.

Pendleton girls 2 12 8 9 31

La Grande 17 15 16 19 67

Pendleton Hawkins 0 1-3 1, Wise 0 0-2 0, Pahl 0 2-2 2, Alleman 2 1-2 5, Drop, Malcom 3 0-0 6, Wells 2 0-0 4, Corey, Melton, Schemming, Wilcox 5 1-6 11, McConville 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 5-15 31.

La Grande Carmichael 5 0-2 12, Weaver 6 0-0 12, Schuft 7 0-0 14, Long, Nebeker 5 1-2 12, Hibbert 1 0-0 2, Sternfeld 2 0-0 4, Rasmussen 1 1-2 3, Crouch 2 2-2 6, Jensen 1 0-0 2. Totals: 30 4-8 67.

Three-pointers Pendleton, none; La Grande, Carmichael 2, Nebeker. Fouled out None. Total fouls Pendleton 15, La Grande 20. Technical fouls None.

Pendleton boys shoot well

PENDLETON Yep, Pendleton has a good boys basketball team this year.

Six days after beating the La Grande Tigers by 24 points, the Bucks beat La Grande by 25, winding up the preseason series with a 75-50 victory Tuesday night.

We should have been right with them; we just couldnt hit any shots, La Grande coach Aaron Mills said.

Pendleton, on the other hand, shot extremely well, especially from long range. Marcus Buckley had four 3-pointers as part of his 16 points, and C.J. Severin, who scored three points last week, had 20 on Tuesday.

Pendleton had a 46-22 lead at halftime. After that, the teams played an even game.

The difference being we were looking for good shots and running our offense, Mills said. In the first half the players would take the first open shot and Pendleton would rebound and get an easy layup, he added.

We just made too many mistakes in the first half. Its a sign of our youth, and well learn from it.

Greg Schuft led La Grande with 17 points. Tanner Mellinger had nine points.

La Grande plays host to The Dalles in a 6 p.m. Thursday game.

La Grande boys 11 11 12 16 50

Pendleton 26 20 15 14 75

La Grande Schuft 7 2-4 17, Mellinger 3 3-5 9, McDonald 3 1-3 7, K.Moore 2 0-0 5, Bomberger 2 0-0 4, McMahan 1 0-0 3, Nebeker 1 1-2 3, Tucker, Mollerstrom, Team 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 7-14 50.

Pendleton Severin 8 2-2 20, Buckley 6 0-0 16, Larson 6 1-1 13, Sundin 3 3-4 9, Keeler 3 2-2 8, Nooy 2 0-0 4, Sabin 1 0-0 3, Short 1 0-1 2, Blanc, Beemer. Totals: 30 8-10 75.

Three-pointers La Grande, Schuft, K.Moore, McMahan; Pendleton, Severin 2, Buckley 4, Sabin 1. Fouled out None. Total fouls La Grande 10, Pendleton 17. Technical fouls None.


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