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WALLOWA GIRLS WIN EARLY OOL BATTLE

UP FOR A BASKET: Wallowa's Lynique Oveson, left, goes up for a shot over the outstretched arms of a Powder Valley defender in Saturday's game. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
UP FOR A BASKET: Wallowa's Lynique Oveson, left, goes up for a shot over the outstretched arms of a Powder Valley defender in Saturday's game. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

By Pierre LaBossire

Observer Staff Writer

NORTH POWDER — A blazing Wallowa girls' basketball team turned out to be hotter than a hot Powder Valley squad Saturday.

Wallowa rode some tough defense to beat Powder Valley 44-32. The Cougars (7-3, 1-0 in the Old Oregon League) came in to the game winners of five out of their last six, while the Badgers (8-3, 1-1 in OOL) came in winners of seven straight.

Wallowa gave up just three points in the first quarter, and only 17 points after three quarters. Powder Valley rallied late, but Wallowa's lead was too big at that point.

"They took us out of our normal game. We just couldn't get the ball to drop," said Badgers coach Allen Bingham.

"We did a pretty good job of disrupting things," said Wallowa coach Greg Oveson.

Oveson said this was the first time in his 13 years of coaching Wallowa that his girls have ever won in Powder Valley. He said it was a good early-season test of just how good the Cougar girls might be. "It was an important game. I knew it would be tough to win here," he said.

"We're a young team. Hopefully our girls learned from this," said Bingham.

Oveson said what he likes about his team so far is that no one girl is carrying the scoring load, with different players coming to the fore each night. The Cougars, in fact, don't have any single girl averaging double figures in points.

Saturday night, it was Lynique Oveson who led the Cougars with 17 points.

Joelle Bain led the Badgers with 10.

Wallowa had a comfortable lead almost the entire second half, but late in the fourth, Powder Valley surged back and had an opportunity to make it a tight game.

With Wallowa ahead 37-25 and less than three minutes left, Hailee Bingham hit a three-pointer, then with under a minute to play, Jenny Dayhoff hit a bucket, Powder Valley forced a steal and Shauna Nelson hit another basket to make it suddenly 40-32 with 47 seconds left.

However, that was the end of Powder Valley's scoring as Wallowa held the Badgers at bay down the stretch.

Wallowa hosts Crane Friday night, while Powder Valley travels to Jordan Valley.

Wallowa girls 12 10 8 14 — 44

Powder Valley 3 8 6 15 — 32

Wallowa — Holli Barton 2 0-4 5, Mysha Oveson 2 5-7 9, Megan McLain 0 1-2 1, Lynique Oveson 6 4-4 17, Larae Guillory 1 3-3 6, Amanda Wilson 3 0-3 6, Sandra Deal 0 0-1 0, Amber Josi, Chelcy Goodwin, Michelle Odegaard. Totals: 14 13-23 44.

Powder Valley — Hailee Bingham 3 0-0 8, Shauna Nelson 4 0-0 8, Lacey Lyman 0 0-2 0, Alisha Miller 1 0-0 2, Jenny Dayhoff 2 0-1 4, Joelle Bain 3 4-7 10, Amanda DeMarre, Mandy Wendt, Sabrina Rich, Kris Wendt. Totals: 13 4-10 32.

Three pointers — Wallowa 3 (Barton, Lynique Oveson, Guillory); P.V. 2 (Bingham 2). Total fouls — Wallowa 12, P.V. 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

La Grande routs Nampa Christian

NAMPA, Idaho — Amanda Schuft scored 20 points to lead the No. 1 La Grande Tigers past Nampa Christian 61-33 Saturday.

Lindsey Carmichael had 12 points for the Tigers and Christie Weaver 10.

Next up for the Tigers (6-5) is a re-match on the road in Pendleton Tuesday. Pendleton edged the Tigers 63-60 here Dec. 14.

La Grande girls 18 12 17 13 — 61

Nampa Christian 8 4 6 13 — 33

La Grande — Jill Jensen 0 1-2 1, Christie Weaver 4 0-0 10, Lindsey Carmichael 5 2-2 12, Amanda Schuft 7 4-7 20, Amber Rasmussen 3 0-0 6, Jenna Jensen 1 0-0 2, Nikki Nielson 2 0-0 4, Kayla Crouch 2 2-2 6, Amanda Timm. Totals: 24 9-13 61.

Nampa Christian — VanGrow 2 1-2 5, Bells 0 1-2 1, Brunel 3 6-8 13, Lee 1 0-0 2, Lewis 1 2-5 4, Jung 3 0-0 6, Gingrich. Totals: 10 10-17 33.

Three-pointers — La Grande 4 (Weaver 2, Schuft 2); Nampa Christian 1 (Brunel). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — La Grande 16, Nampa Christian 12. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — La Grande won

Freshman result — La Grande won

Cove shuts down Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY — For the second straight Old Oregon League game, the Cove girls disrupted any type of offense from their basketball opponent.

The No. 2-ranked Leopards (6-3 overall, 2-0 OOL) allowed eight field goals in their league opener win over Adrian Friday. On Saturday, they gave up nine field goals in their 75-30 victory over Jordan Valley.

"Getting 25 team steals set up some great breakaway baskets for Lisa (Scheele) and Kathy (Mann)," Cove coach Dick Royes said. "That's probably the most steals we have had since I've been coaching at Cove."

Scheele had a career-high 32 points to lead the Leopards. She drained three three-pointers, was perfect on her 11 free throws, had nine assists and six steals.

Kelcie Robinson had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. She also had five blocks and six steals.

Mann had 16 points, seven steals and four assists.

The Leopards travel to Prairie City Friday.

Cove girls 13 23 23 16 — 75

Jordan Valley 6 9 2 13 — 30

Cove — Lisa Scheele 9 11-11 32, Kathy Mann 7 2-6 16, Christina Cain 1 1-2 3, Kelcie Robinson 8 1-1 17, Amy Puckett 3 0-0 6, Julia Scheele, Ashley Holland, Keri Reynolds, Kara Mann, Jessie Johnson, Keagle, Gugin. Totals: 28 16-22 75.

Jordan Valley — K. Johnson 0 1-2 1, Cuveleir 1 3-4 5, Baltzor 1 0-0 2, M. Johnson 2 0-0 4, Mackenzie 1 1-2 3, Eiquren 1 4-8 6, Watkins 2 2-2 7, FrankeHall 1 0-2 2, H. Johnson, Davis, Brown, Grenke. Totals: 9 11-25 30.

Three-pointers — Cove 3 (Scheele); Jordan Valley 1 (Watkins). Rebound leader — Robinson 13. Fouled out — Eiquren. Total fouls — Cove 14, Jordan Valley 15. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Cove 38-32 OT

Union races past Umatilla 49-37

UNION — In a final tune-up before Wapiti League action starts Friday, the Union girls came out of preseason with a 4-4 mark after their 49-37 win against Umatilla Saturday.

The Bobcats raced out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter and were up 33-13 at the break.

The Bobcats will open their Wapiti League season against Grant Union Friday.

Kallin Prince was the leading scorer for the Bobcats with 21 points. She had three steals.

Jana Brotherton had 14 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Ammi Kucera had eight assists. April Savely had six rebounds. Lena Weitlauf and Chelsea Herron had three assists apiece.

Umatilla girls 6 7 9 15 — 37

Union 20 13 6 10 — 49

Umatilla — Austin Harvey 3 2-4 8, Chrissi Forshee 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Campos 5 2-6 13, Meghan Dahlin 2 2-3 6, Mandi Villanueva 1 0-0 2, Donna Borden 3 0-0 6, Chandra Harvey 0 0-2 0, Casondra Pankey, K.C. Bollinger, Katie Henry, Ashley Mead. Totals: 15 6-15 49.

Union — Jana Brotherton 6 2-2 14, Ammi Kucera 2 0-0 4, Lena Weitlauf 0 0-2 0, Kallin Prince 10 0-0 21, April Savely 2 0-0 4, Sandra Meredith 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Herron 2 0-0 4, Rosa Goodman, Shannon Mitchell, Kara Baxter, Christi Pierce. Totals: 23 2-4 49.

Three-pointers — Umatilla 1 (Campos); Union 1 (Prince). Rebound leader — Brotherton 12. Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Umatilla 7, Union 10. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — Umatilla defeated Union

Imbler girls struggle, but still win 37-35

ATHENA — The Imbler girls didn't play well on offense, but the Panthers' defense carried the day Saturday.

Imbler rallied with 15 fourth-quarter points to beat Weston-McEwen 37-35.

The Panthers (9-1) were led by Amy Clerget with 11 points, while Leanne Foster scored nine.

Imbler has its league opener at home Friday against Joseph, with game time at approximately 5 p.m.

Imbler girls 4 7 11 15 — 37

Weston-McEwen 8 8 9 10 — 35

Imbler — Tiffany Rasmussen 2 1-3 5, Liz Woody 0 2-8 2, Amy Clerget 4 3-6 11, Emily Correll 2 0-2 4, Leanne Foster 4 1-2 9, Hannah Hall 2 2-3 6, Rachel Lowe. Totals: 14 9-24 37.

Weston-McEwen — Kati Bennett 2 0-0 4, Darlene Thompson 2 0-1 5, Kayla Johnson 5 3-4 13, Darcy Thompson 0 2-3 2, Kendra Winn 3 3-4 9, Katie Todd 1 0-1 2, Kayla Paredes, Ashley Peterson, Shellie Schoonover. Totals: 13 8-13 35.

Three-pointers — Weston-McEwen 1 (Darlene Thompson); Imbler, none. Team fouls — Weston-McEwen 18, Imbler 16. Fouled out — Rasmussen.

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