POWDER VALLEY WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT

December 23, 2001 11:00 pm
OVERTIME, AGAIN: Elgin's Ashley Rysdam attempts a shot in Saturday's double overtime loss to Weston-McEwen. It marked the second straight game that Elgin played in overtime. On Friday, the Huskies beat Helix in overtime. (The Observer/C.J. GISH).
OVERTIME, AGAIN: Elgin's Ashley Rysdam attempts a shot in Saturday's double overtime loss to Weston-McEwen. It marked the second straight game that Elgin played in overtime. On Friday, the Huskies beat Helix in overtime. (The Observer/C.J. GISH).

By The Observer

NORTH POWDER Powder Valley has found its groove heading into Christmas Break.

The Badger girls basketball team reeled off its fifth straight win Saturday when it defeated the visiting Imbler Panthers, 39-36.

This after starting the season 0-2 and one night after Panthers defeated the Class 2As top-ranked Pilot Rock Rockets in Imbler.

I felt good about our effort and think the girls learned a lot, Powder Valley coach Allen Bingham said.

The Badgers (5-2), the third-ranked team in the Class 1A poll, used a strong first half to build a 22-19 lead. Both teams scored 17 points apiece in the second half.

The difference boiled down to free throws. Powder Valley completed 10-of-15 to Imblers 2-of-4.

North Powder played fantastic defense, Imbler coach Dale Wagner said. We didnt respond. Our rebounds were way off and our turnovers were way up.

Amanda Bingham scored 11 points and Ashley Wisdom added 10 for the Badgers.

Emily Correll led Imbler with a game-high 13 points.

Powder Valley travels to Spray Thursday. Imbler is at Pilot Rock Friday.

Imbler girls 6 13 10 7 36

Powder Valley 10 12 10 7 39

Imbler Campbell 4 1-1 9, Rasmussen 2 0-0 4, Woody 3 0-1 6, Clerget 2 0-0 4, Correll 6 1-2 13, Hall. Totals: 17 2-4 36.

Powder Valley Tittle, Harrison 2 0-0 4, Taylor 0 0-2 0, Wisdom 3 3-3 10, Bingham 3 5-6 11, Lyman 0 2-2 2, Russell 2 0-0 4, Bain 3 0-2 6, Simmonis 1 0-0 2, Nelson. Totals: 14 10-15 39.

Three-pointers Imbler, none; Powder Valley, Wisdom. Fouled out None. Total fouls Imbler 16, Powder Valley 14. Technical fouls None.

Elgin drops heartbreaker

ELGIN Another night, another overtime.

For the second day in a row, Elgin forced overtime against its opponent at the Elgin Holiday Tournament.

Unfortunately, instead of coming away victorious, Elgin (4-3) fell to visiting Weston-McEwen 64-61 in double overtime in the tournament championship contest.

A scoreboard error originally gave the TigerScots the win at the end of regulation. Weston-McEwen was supposedly ahead 49-48 when the clock expired, but Elgins home scorebook said the game was tied at 48-all.

An Ashley Rysdam putback with 1:39 left in the first overtime gave Elgin a 52-50 edge, but Weston tied the score when Kayla Paredes stole the ball at midcourt and made an uncontested layup.

In the second overtime, Elgin once again took the lead - 57-53 - off a Kristin Schumacher putback and a Kim McCrae 3-pointer, but foul trouble and free throws from Weston put the TigerScots in control.

A 3-pointer by Kayla Johnson with 45 seconds left gave Weston the lead for good, 62-60, after Amber Looslie scored a layup for a 60-59 Huskies lead.

Four Elgin players fouled out in the game, all during the overtime periods. The TigerScots took advantge of the fouls by making 9-of-20 in the two overtime sessions. Elgin was 2-for-4 from the free throw line in the overtime periods.

We got in foul trouble and went to our bench, which is pretty young, Elgin coach Randy McKone said. Were still struggling to find leadership out there (on the court).

Leanne Foster and DeLeah Wiles led Elgin with 13 points. Looslie and McCrae had 10 apiece.

Johnson scored a game-high 21 points for Weston. Kendra Winn added 20 and Darlene Thompson had 16.

Elgins next game is its Wapiti League opener at Halfway against Pine-Eagle on Jan. 4.

Weston-McEwen 9 18 16 8 4 13 64

Elgin 10 7 13 15 4 9 57

Weston-McEwen Darc.Thompson, Bennett, Darl.Thompson 5 4-9 16, Johnson 6 6-6 21, Peterson 2 0-2 4, Paredes 2 0-3 4, Schoonover, Winn 7 5-12 20. Totals: 22 15-22 64.

Elgin D.Wiles 6 0-2 13, Looslie 4 2-2 10, Rysdam 2 2-5 6, Darrow, Heighes 1 1-2 3, Case 1 0-0 2, Schumacher 2 0-0 4, McCrae 4 0-0 10, Foster 5 3-3 13. Totals: 25 8-14 61.

Three-pointers Weston-McEwen, Johnson 3, Darl.Thompson 2, Winn; Elgin, McCrae 2, D.Wiles. Fouled out Foster, Schumacher, Rysdam, Case. Total fouls Weston McEwen 19, Elgin 26. Technical fouls None.

Scheele paces Cove

WALLOWA Cove was able to overcome a 1-point third quarter to win the Wallowa Tournament over the hosting Courgars Saturday.

After taking a 27-18 first-half lead, the Leopards were held to one point by Wallowa in the third quarter en route to a 45-36 win.

But instead of caving, Cove stepped up its defense as well, holding the Cougars to four points.

Cove has a good basketball team, Wallowa coach Greg Oveson said. With two minutes to go, we got within one point, but then (Cove) hit key free throws down the stretch.

Lisa Scheele scored 16 points for Cove (5-2) and Kelcie Robinson added 11.

Amanda Wilson led Wallowa (3-4) with 12 points and Larae Guillory had 10.

We just didnt shoot well again, Oveson said. We had 65 shots to their 35.

Coves Scheele and Robinson and Wallowas Lynique Oveson and Wilson were named to the all-tournament team.

Cove girls 17 10 1 17 45

Wallowa 12 6 4 14 36

Cove Pereira, Jes.Johnson, Jen.Johnson 1 0-0 2, Scheele 6 3-5 16, Whitall 0 1-2 1, Robinson 3 5-7 11, Holland, Mann 3 2-3 9, Puckett, Mills 3 0-1 6. Totals: 16 11-18 45.

Wallowa Barton 2 0-0 5, M.Oveson 1 1-2 4, McLain 1 0-3 2, L.Oveson 0 1-3 1, Guillory 5 0-0 10, Lewis 0 2-3 2, Wilson 5 0-2 12, Deal. Totals: 14 4-13 36.

Three-pointers Cove, Scheele, Mann; Wallowa, Wilson 2, Barton, M.Oveson. Fouled out None. Total fouls Cove 11, Wallowa 18. Technical fouls None.