Home cooking secures GOL title tie for La Grande Tigers

February 15, 2002 11:00 pm
GOING FOR TWO: La Grande's Karli Nebeker drives the court for a layup during Friday's win over Vale. (The Observer/Raenelle Kwock).
GOING FOR TWO: La Grande's Karli Nebeker drives the court for a layup during Friday's win over Vale. (The Observer/Raenelle Kwock).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

The La Grande girls basketball team enjoys playing at home they have not lost a Greater Oregon League home game during coach Isaac Williams two-year tenure.

I guess the girls are real confident here, Williams said Friday after La Grande swept aside Vale, 72-45, and clinched at least a tie atop the GOL.

The girls played really tough tonight, Williams said.

Vale is the only GOL team to have beaten La Grande (18-4 overall, 11-1 league) this season; the Vikings won 42-39 on Jan. 25 in Vale. Williams said the team realized the importance of this league game and stepped up their play.

The Tigers surpassed the last games point total by halftime, jumping to a 46-16 lead.

Williams said La Grande played good defense for three quarters and shot the ball better than it has in recent games. La Grande hit seven 3-pointers in the win.

Im really proud of them, Williams said. They did great.

Christie Weaver scored 20 points for La Grande, which plays today at Ontario. Karli Nebeker added 12 points and Amanda Schuft scored 11.

Karen Vickery had 18 points for Vale (16-4, 9-3).

Vale girls 8 8 17 12 45

La Grande 23 23 16 10 72

Vale Maupin, Miller, Robertson, Schaffeld, Haueter 4 1-2 10, Saunders 0 1-2 1, Siddoway, Netcher 2 1-1 5, Pugh 1 0-0 2, Mooney 4 1-4 9, Vickery 9 0-2 18, Burris 0 0-2 0. Totals: 20 4-13 45.

La Grande Weaver 8 3-5 20, Carmichael 2 2-2 6, Schuft 4 1-1 11, Long, Nebeker 4 3-5 12, Baum 1 0-0 2, Hibbert 2 0-0 5, Rasmussen 2 0-0 5, Jensen 2 2-3 7. Totals: 27 11-16 72.

Three-pointers Vale, Haueter; La Grande, Weaver, Schuft 2, Nebeker, Hibbert, Rasmussen, Jensen. Fouled out None. Total fouls Vale 16, La Grande 17. Technical fouls Vale coach Huston.

Defense carries boys

At halftime, La Grande boys basketball coach Aaron Mills told his team to pick up its defensive intensity.

The Tigers listened and came away with a 57-49 win Friday in Greater Oregon League play.

Mills said the team was thinking about Ontario, tonights opponent, instead of Vale in the first half.

We did not play good defensive basketball, Mills said. The defense was sloppy and its switching off was slow, he said.

In the second half, La Grande slowly pulled away with its defense.

We finished the game well, Mills said.

La Grande (13-10, 10-2) shot close to 50 percent from the field. Tanner Mellinger led the Tigers with 14 points, while Seth Pennington added 13 points.

Kenny Roner led Vale (7-13, 5-7) with 20 points.

La Grande has a one-game lead over Ontario for second place going into todays game. La Grande can secure a home playoff game with a win.

Vale boys 17 15 6 11 49

La Grande 11 18 12 16 57

Vale Hicks, Hiatt 3 3-4 9, Shira 3 0-0 8, Seals 2 2-2 6, Noland 2 0-0 4, Romans, Roner 6 8-10 20, Cooper, Lacey 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 13-16 49.

La Grande Nebeker 1 0-0 2, Schuft 3 3-4 9, Pennington 5 2-2 13, Lester 1 1-2 4, Mellinger 5 3-4 14, McMahan 2 2-2 7, Bomberger 2 1-3 5, Larson 1 1-2 3. Totals: 20 13-19 57.

Three-pointers Vale, Shira 2; La Grande, Pennington, Lester, Mellinger, McMahan. Fouled out None. Total fouls Vale 19, La Grande 16. Technical fouls Hiatt.