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La Grande’s Breanna Partney scored a game-high 30 points in the Lady Tigers’ 73-19 victory over McLoughlin Tuesday night. CASEY KELLAS/The Observer
by CASEY KELLAS / The Observer
The fourth-ranked La Grande girls basketball team honored their seniors in the best way possible Tuesday night — with a blowout victory over McLoughlin.
The Lady Tigers had no trouble with the visiting Pioneers, dismantling them 73-19 to improve to 18-4 overall and 8-0 in the Greater Oregon League.
“I was just real pleased with the seniors tonight,” LHS head coach Doug Girdner said. “They’ve set the standard for what La Grande basketball is all about. I’m proud with how they gave everything. I can’t ask for more. I hope they carry it on through (after high school).”
La Grande started the game on a 10-0 run and led 16-7 after the first quarter. But the Lady Tigers really distanced themselves in the second quarter, using a 19-0 run to go up 35-7.
McLoughlin didn’t score its first point of the quarter until an Amber Wells free throw with 3:06 left in the half. LHS took a 47-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.
“We talked about the little things before the game,” Girdner said. “We didn’t talk about winning, but about playing the best you can. I thought we played some really good basketball in that first half.”
La Grande outscored the Pioneers 12-6 in the third quarter and 14-3 in the fourth to seal its second straight victory. This is the third blowout of McLoughlin this season. LHS has outscored the Pioneers by 167 points this year.
Breanna Partney led the way with 30 points, while Lauren Mills put in 21. Lilly Page scored six, Lexus Miller-Moylan added five, and both Madison Elliott and Denise Comfort chipped in four.
“We have so many players who can score, but we really wanted our seniors to play and let them do what they do best. I thought Breanna shot the ball relaxed and with a ton of confidence,” Girdner said.
La Grande will close out the regular season Friday at Ontario. The Lady Tigers will then host a play-in game, but date and opponent are still to be determined. OHS defeated Baker 54-24 Tuesday night.