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Union squeaks past Joseph in overtime

SCRAPPER: Imbler's Kayla Ritter led the Panthers with 12 points against Grant Union Friday, but is wasn't enough as Imbler fell on the road 48-34. The Panthers will host Joseph today, with junior varsity games beginning at 1 p.m. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
SCRAPPER: Imbler's Kayla Ritter led the Panthers with 12 points against Grant Union Friday, but is wasn't enough as Imbler fell on the road 48-34. The Panthers will host Joseph today, with junior varsity games beginning at 1 p.m. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

UNION — The Joseph girls roared back against Union in the second half before falling 45-41 in overtime Friday.

The Eagles overcame a 12-point halftime deficit and kept chipping into the Bobcats' lead slowly in the second half.

"We kind of let them inch back into it," Union coach Wayne Herron said. "They hung around."

The Bobcats led 29-21 after the third quarter before both teams wound up tied 36-36 at the end of regulation, after Joseph's Anna Yost hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.

Yost had a monster game, nearly pulling off a triple-double. She had 22 points, pulled down 20 boards and blocked nine shots.

Joseph coach Dan Butterfield thought his girls played tough and said the Union girls hit their free throws in overtime. Herron agreed that Union played well in the added period.

"I was pleased the girls kept their composure in overtime," Herron said.

Herron said Lena Weitlauf played well. She scored four points in overtime and made "crucial" steals. Weitlauf finished with seven points and six steals.

Union's Sandra Meredith had 14 rebounds and seven points. Kallin Prince had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Seven Bobcats scored in the win. "Our depth on the bench has been a plus for us," Herron said.

Union's April Savely had nine points and three steals.

Joseph's Julie Butterfield didn't score, but she had nine rebounds.

Union (3-4 overall, 1-0 Wapiti) is playing at Elgin, while Joseph (2-6, 0-1) is at Imbler today.

Union 45, Joseph 41, OT

Joseph girls 4 6 11 15 5 — 41

Union 16 6 7 7 9 — 45

Joseph — Holly Parker 2 5-6 9, Julie Butterfield 0 0-1 0, Anna Yost 9 2-3 22, Brooke Moncrief 2 3-4 8, Emily Williams 1 0-0 2, Beth McClaran, Haddie Carpenter, Joy Kuppinger. Totals: 14 10-14 41.

Union — Shannon Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Lena Weitlauf 3 1-6 7, Chelsea Herron 1 1-4 3, Kallin Prince 3 7-8 13, Sandra Meredith 3 1-1 7, April Savely 4 1-3 9, Chelsey Haywood 2 0-0 4, Kara Baxter, Angie Collins. Totals: 17 11-22 45.

Three-pointers — Joseph 3 (Yost 2, Moncrief); Union, none. Rebound leader — Meredith 14. Fouled out — Moncrief. Total fouls — Joseph 17, Union 14. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Joseph 33, Union 32

Elgin girls outlast Enterprise in free throw-fest

ENTERPRISE — The Elgin basketball girls got 11 points from an injured Amber Looslie and strong play from their bench in beating Enterprise 43-38 in their Wapiti League opener Friday.

Elgin coach Randy McKone called the win "huge."

"This is our biggest win in a long time. This is the first time we've beaten Enterprise in nine years. The last time we beat them in Enterprise, I don't think anyone can remember," McKone said.

The game came down in large part to free throws, as 51 total fouls were called and 68 free throws taken. Elgin (1-0 in Wapiti League, 5-1 overall) shot decent on its free throws, making 13-of-25. Meanwhile, Enterprise struggled from the line, making just 14-of-43 (32.6 percent).

Enterprise coach Mike Crawford said his girls shot 0-for-10 from the line in the fourth quarter. "We did what was necessary to win, except make our free throws," he said.

Looslie sprained an ankle earlier this week and was doubtful for this game, but she ended up leading the Huskies in scoring. McKone also cited the play of Rebecca Sanders and Brittany Beedle off the bench. Sanders ended up scoring nine and Beedle 10.

Enterprise (0-1, 6-3) was led by Kallie Hadden, who was fighting her own shoulder injury, with 14. Hadden also shot 4-for-4 on her free throws. Jessie Morgan hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight for Enterprise.

Elgin hosts Union today, while Enterprise travels to Nyssa.

Elgin 43, Enterprise 38

Elgin girls 16 8 13 6 — 43

Enterprise 11 13 11 3 — 38

Elgin — Rebecca Sanders 3 2-2 9, Amber Looslie 5 1-4 11, Brittany Beedle 3 3-5 10, Hailey Wiles 0 0-2 0, Delia Darrow 1 0-0 2, Tiffany Fincher 1 5-8 7, Kristin Thamert 0 1-2 1, Alli Burgess 0 1-2 1, Mary Alice Tucker 1 0-0 2, Josie Cross. Totals: 14 13-25 43.

Enterprise — Jessica Marcum 0 1-4 1, Chelcee Noland 0 0-2 0, Stefanie McCready 0 2-4 2, Jessie Morgan 2 2-6 8, Jennifer McCready 0 2-4 2, Kayla Stoffel 2 0-6 4, Madi Smith 1 1-9 3, Kallie Hadden 5 4-4 14, Sara Freels 0 1-2 1, Caitlin Baird 1 1-2 3. Totals: 11 14-43 38.

Three-pointers — Elgin 2 (Sanders, Beedle), Enterprise 2 (Morgan 2). Fouled out — Wiles, Cross, Stoffel. Total fouls — Elgin 30, Enterprise 21. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Enterprise 38, Elgin 25.

Imbler girls stumble against Grant Union in second half

JOHN DAY — The Imbler basketball girls played Grant Union tough for a half Friday, but were ultimately undone by a rough second half.

Imbler had a lead of 23-22 at the break, but the Panthers only managed 11 points in the second half as Grant Union went on to win 48-34.

"We had a very good half, (but) the third quarter killed us. Our intensity wasn't there," said coach Barry Bowers.

Kayla Ritter led the Panthers (0-1 in Wapiti League, 4-5 overall) with 12 points, while Hannah Hall scored nine.

Imbler hosts Joseph today.

Grant Union 48, Imbler 34

Imbler girls 12 11 4 7 — 34

Grant Union 18 4 15 11 — 48

Imbler — Mandy Griffin 2 0-1 4, Penny Cline 0 1-2 1, Hannah Hall 4 1-3 9, Kayla Ritter 4 4-6 12, Sarah Hill 1 0-0 2, Stacey Clinkenbeard 1 0-0 2, Emily Westover 2 0-0 4, Janell Bartell. Totals: 14 6-12 34.

Grant Union — Reyes 1 0-0 2, Matthews 3 0-2 9, Simmons 3 1-1 7, Vidourek 3 0-1 8, Lemke 0-2 0, Mascall 2 1-5 5, Landis 6 3-6 15, Coxen 1 0-0 2, Legg, Bartlett. Totals: 19 5-17 48.

Three-pointers — Imbler, none; Grant Union, 5 (Matthews 3, Vidourek 2). Fouled out — Cline. Total fouls — Imbler 19, Grant Union 16. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — Grant Union defeated Imbler

Wallowa girls fall on the road to Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY — The Jordan Valley girls defeated Wallowa 35-23 in their Old Oregon League basketball opener Friday.

The Cougars (0-7 overall, 0-1 OOL) were led by Lynique Oveson's 11 points, while Mysha Oveson scored eight points. They play the Baker junior varsity today (weather permitting).

Jordan Valley 35, Wallowa 23

Wallowa girls 8 6 4 5 — 23

Jordan Valley 6 8 8 13 — 35

Wallowa — Mysha Oveson 3 0-4 8, Caitlin Turner 1 0-0 2, Lynique Oveson 4 2-4 11, Wendy Spaur 0 0-1 0, Chelsea Frei 1 0-0 2, Hayley Oveson, Olivia Soares, Emily Isley. Totals: 9 2-9 23.

Jordan Valley — Kershner 0 2-2 2, Cuvalier 6 2-6 14, Balzer 1 0-0 2, Eiguren 3 2-2 8, Watkins 4 1-2 9, Johnson, Larson. Totals: 14 7-12 35.

Three-pointers — Wallowa 3 (M. Oveson 2, L. Oveson); Jordan Valley, none. Fouled out — Frei. Total fouls — Wallowa 14, Jordan Valley 13. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — Wallowa def. Jordan Valley

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