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Tigers split weekend games

La Grande beats Baker City, falls to The Dalles-Wahtonka 

The Dalles-Wahtonka showcased how it got to its 13-2 record in front of a Grande girls basketball fans Saturday.

The Eagle-Indians used their 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. La Grande made 34 trips to the free-throw line, collecting 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.

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