Tiger Corner: La Grande picks up a pair of wins
The La Grande boys basketball team cruised to a 67-41 non-league win against Class 5A Dalles-Wahtonka Saturday night, extending its winning streak to 10 games.
Tyson Wicklander had the hot hand for the Tigers, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. The senior finished with 21 points, a game-high.
La Grande jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the opening quarter, but the Eagle-Indians rallied back to within four points, 17-13, after one quarter. The Tigers used a 13-3 run to push the lead to 32-18 at the half.
La Grande junior Jake Powell fueled the run, scoring eight of his 10 points in the second quarter.
Wicklander and Brandon Dall kept the heat on in the third quarter. Wicklander added nine points to his total, while Dall scored 11 points in the quarter. The junior finished the game with 15 points.
“I thought we played a little sloppy the night before,” Tigers head coach Mark Carollo said. “It was a rivalry game against Baker, so the emotions were running high. I thought we did a lot of things right tonight. I was happy with the way the boys executed.”
Dall led the Tigers to a 53-36 win against Baker Friday night. The junior finished with a team-high 13 points, making 7-of-9 attempts from the free-throw line.
Dall had eight in the second half, helping La Grande put the game out of reach after holding a 26-21. The Tigers held Baker to two field goals in the third quarter, and outscored the Bulldogs 17-4 coming out of the half.
Kurt Boyd and Wicklander each scored nine points.
Logan Sand had a game-high 18 points for Baker, while Clay LeaMaster finished with 11 points.
La Grande improved 11-2 overall and 2-0 in league play, but dropped in the OSAA state rankings from No.8 to No. 9.
The Tigers will travel to Fruitland, Idaho for a 5 p.m. game Tuesday.
La Grande splits weekend slate
The Dalles-Wahtonka showcased how it got to its 13-2 record in front of La Grande girls basketball fans Saturday.
The Eagle-Indians used its 3-2 zone to overpower La Grande 64-44.
Defending the paint were 6-foot-2 Olivia Starks and 5-foot-10 Brooke McCall. Things didn’t get easier on the perimeter with 5-foot-11 Katie Conklin and 5-foot-10 Emily Bailey flying to defend shots on the outside.
“We’re not going to see many teams like that this season,” La Grande assistant coach Bob Bedard said. “That’s a team that will give a lot of people trouble. We didn’t quite have our legs under us either, with a physical game the night before.”
Morgan Goslin pushed the lead to 23-13 by converting a 3-point play with 2:36 left in the first half. The Tigers never got the lead back under 10 points the rest of the way.
Bailey played a big role in that. The point guard, who has committed to playing at NCAA Division II College of the Mines in Colorado, went 11-of-18 from the floor for 24 points.
La Grande struggled to work the ball inside, and couldn’t hit from the outside to spread out the zone, shooting 5-of-15 from behind the arc. Sophomore Avery Albrecht also left the game in the third quarter with a leg injury. The Tigers had trimmed the lead to 44-32, with Albrecht scoring five of her nine points in the third quarter.
Kylin Collman led the Tigers with 13 points.
La Grande got the win it needed the most defeating Baker 50-32 Friday night.
Collman and Kali Avila fueled the win, each scoring 15 points in the game.
Avila scored 10 points in the second quarter, as the Tigers built a 28-16 halftime lead.
Bedard said it was a physical game, and the numbers showed that with La Grande making 34 trips to the free-throw line. The Tigers collected 21 points off those attempts, while Baker was 10-of-17 from the free-throw line.
Michelle Freese led Baker with eight points, while Allie Brown finished with seven points.
La Grande (9-5 overall, 2-0 GOL) will host Ontario at 6 p.m. Friday.