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Tigers win two over Grant Union

JOHN DAY La Grandes and Grant Unions girls basketball teams have shown a definite home court advantage the last two seasons.

Last year we beat Grant Union at home by 15 and we lost to them there by 10. A difference of 25 points, La Grande coach Isaac Williams said. This year at home we win by 34 and won there by 10. A difference of 24 points, same team. They just play a lot better at home.

La Grande needed stronger defense in the third quarter and some big shots in the fourth to pull out a 54-44 Greater Oregon League victory.

The game between the first- and last-place teams in the league featured 46 fouls, and sixth-ranked La Grande (14-4 overall, 7-1 league) made nine more free throws than Grant Union (5-13, 1-7).

The game was called a lot different down there, Williams said. It went both ways, but it was hard for us to adjust.

The Tigers had a slim 40-38 lead after three quarters but turned on the juice in the final five minutes.

We strung together some big baskets and knocked down some free throws that put us far enough away to win, Williams said.

Despite early foul trouble, Karli Nebeker led La Grande with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Lindsey Carmichael also had three 3-pointers as part of her 13 points.

Starters Shalece Hibbert and Christie Weaver and backup post Jill Jensen also had early foul trouble that kept them on the bench.

It was great to see while we were really frustrated in the first half and early in the third quarter, we just kept our composure, Williams said.

La Grande hosts Baker tonight.

La Grande girls 20 11 9 14 54

Grant Union 16 15 7 6 44

La Grande Weaver 3 2-4 8, Carmichael 4 2-2 13, Schuft 2 4-6 8, Long 0 1-2 1, Nebeker 5 4-7 17, Hibbert 0 0-3 0, Sternfeld, Rasmussen 1 1-4 3, Crouch 1 0-0 2, Jensen 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 14-28 54.

Grant Union Burgett 5 0-0 14, Krausse, Weizum 0 0-1 0, Armstrong 2 4-4 8, Tryce 2 1-3 5, Courcaeseme 1 0-0 2, Thunnel 2 0-0 4, Jones 4 1-8 9, Voigt, Moles 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 6-16 44.

Three-pointers La Grande, Carmichael 3, Nebeker 3; Grant Union, Burgett 4. Fouled out Weaver, Thunnel, Burgett. Total fouls La Grande 21, Grant Union 25. Technical fouls None.

Boys cruise past Pros

JOHN DAY The fast break was working well Friday night, and that meant a large margin of victory for the La Grande Tigers.

Greg Schuft scored 16 points to lead La Grande to a 68-50 Greater Oregon League boys basketball victory over the Grant Union Prospectors.

We started well and we executed really well, La Grande coach Aaron Mills said. The fast break was the best its looked all year.

Grant Union (4-13, 2-6) shot well in the first quarter to stay close to La Grande (10-9, 7-1), but the Tigers stepped up their defense, Mills said, and we started blocking out better and we got some layups.

We did get some (3-pointers) but most of our stuff we got was in our transition. In our half-court set, our set plays were getting us nice looks at the basket.

La Grande led 48-27 after three quarters.

Seth Pennington had 12 points and was all over the place, Mills said. He was a load. They didnt really have an answer.

Kyle Bomberger had nine points and nine rebounds. He was really solid, Mills said.

The win sets up tonights game between La Grande and Baker as a battle of first- and second-place teams in the league. The game starts about 7:30 p.m. in the LHS gym.

La Grande boys 19 11 18 20 68

Grant Union 14 6 7 23 50

La Grande Schuft 6 3-4 16, Pennington 5 0-0 12, Lester 4 2-2 11, Bomberger 4 1-2 9, Mellinger 2 2-5 6, Nebeker 0 4-4 4, Tucker 2 0-0 4, McDonald 0 2-2 2, Moore 0 2-2 2, Larson 1 0-2 2, McMahan, Mollerstrom. Totals: 24 16-23 68.

Grant Union Courtney 3 2-2 11, Moore 4 0-0 8, Samson 4 0-0 8, Pendleton 3 0-0 6, Colson 2 0-0 6, Oliver 1 2-2 4, Simmons 2 0-0 4, Officer 1 1-3 3, Fisher 1 0-2 2, Carpenter. Totals: 19 5-9 50.

Three-pointers La Grande, Schuft, Pennington 2, Lester; Grant Union, Courtney 3, Samson 2, Colson 2. Fouled out Simmons. Total fouls La Grande 18, Grant Union 18. Technical fouls None.

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