COVE GIRLS HOLD OFF MUSTANGS IN TIGHT FOURTH

January 09, 2004 11:00 pm
Perfect in league: The Cove Leopards won their second Old Oregon League game Friday, holding off a Jordan Valley rally in the fourth quarter. Here, Cove's Christina Cain (24) shoots over a Mustangs defender. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
Perfect in league: The Cove Leopards won their second Old Oregon League game Friday, holding off a Jordan Valley rally in the fourth quarter. Here, Cove's Christina Cain (24) shoots over a Mustangs defender. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

COVE — The Cove girls picked up a gigantic 37-35 Old Oregon League basketball win over the Jordan Valley Mustangs Friday.

"Oh, it feels so good," Cove's Ashley Holland said. "We worked so hard. We played as a team."

"Every game is huge for us because we are so young," Cove coach Candy McGilvray said. Cove had to replace its entire starting line-up from last year's state championship squad.

The Leopards out-rebounded the Mustangs 24-18.

Coach McGilvray said the Leopards played well defensively.

With less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs made a game of it, going on a 7-0 run after the Leopards grabbed a 36-28 lead.

The run was capped off by Bailey Kershner's basket to bring the Mustangs to within 36-35 with 1:41 remaining.

Then, Anna Watkins fouled Cassie Mills. Mills missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1:09 left. There was a battle for the ball with the Mustangs gaining possession.

But before the Mustangs could attack the basket, Cove's Christina McGilvray stole the ball. The Leopards were unable to get a basket off the steal, however.

Then with 25.2 seconds remaining, McGilvray stole the ball again and this time the Leopards capitalized as Mills was fouled with 11.5 seconds remaining.

Mills made one out of two free throws. The Mustangs got a final look at the basket, but Shari Baltzor's shot bounced off the rim preserving the Leopards' win.

Holland said she was "kind of nervous" while the Mustangs made their run. She said the Leopards pulled out the win with "tough defense."

Coach McGilvray said Mills did an "outstanding" job putting in baskets whenever Cove needed them. Mills had seven points in the fourth quarter.

She finished the game with 11 points and three steals.

Coach McGilvray said Kara Mann handled the pressure and got "easy" baskets.

Christina McGilvray had nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Kershner led the Mustangs with 11 points.

The Leopards (2-0 OOL, 3-4 overall) play Prairie City today.

The Leopards junior varsity defeated the Mustangs 31-19. Keri Reynolds had 10 points followed by Kyli Anderson with eight. Julia Scheele broke her finger and will miss the rest of the season.

Cove 37, Jordan Valley 35

Jordan Valley girls 7 8 9 11 — 35

Cove 6 13 10 8 — 37

Jordan Valley — Lauren Cuvelier 4 1-2 9, Shari Baltzor 1 0-0 2, Angela Larsen 2 0-0 4, Anna Watkins 3 3-6 9, Bailey Kershner 5 0-0 11, Kristen Grenke, Kayla Brown, Katie Johnson. Totals: 15 4-8 35.

Cove — Kara Mann 3 1-2 7, Keri Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Ashley Holland 3 0-0 6, Kinsey Keagle 3 0-0 7, Christina Cain 1 0-0 2, Cassie Mills 5 1-3 11, Ashley Gorham 1 0-0 2, Christina McGilvray. Totals: 17 2-5 37.

Three-pointers — Jordan Valley 1 (Kershner); Cove 1 (Keagle). Rebound leader — McGilvray 9. Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Jordan Valley 12, Cove 7. Technical fouls — None.

JV score — Cove 31, Jordan Valley 19.

La Grande girls storm to win after long holiday break

MILTON-FREEWATER — The La Grande basketball girls must feel like it's been a millennium since they last played.

The girls, who hadn't played since Dec. 30 of last year (and have only played one game since Dec. 23), got all that built up energy out of their system right away in jumping all over Mac-Hi and cruising to a 49-28 win.

"They were just excited to get in a game," said coach Isaac Williams.

La Grande had a lead of 34-13 at the half. The Tigers were led by Amber Rasmussen with 20 points, while Jill Jensen scored 10.

La Grande is 1-0 in the Greater Oregon League and 4-6 overall. The Tigers are scheduled to play Lewiston, Idaho, at 6 p.m. today in La Grande

La Grande 49, Mac-Hi 28

La Grande girls 18 16 8 7 — 49

Mac-Hi 6 7 8 7 — 28

La Grande — 3 1-2 7, Ellen Herman 1 0-0 3, Tricia Nebeker 0 1-2 1, Jenna Jensen 1 0-0 2, Amber Rasmussen 8 4-4 20, Jill Jensen 5 0-2 10, Kayla Crouch 2 2-2 6, Mikell Woodfield, Darcy Dolge, Kelly Bedard. Totals: 20 8-12 49.

Mac-Hi —Sears 0 1-2 1, B. Garton 2 0-1 5, Contreras 1 0-0 2, Brown 6 1-2 13, Tinnons 1 0-0 2, Carlson 1 3-6 5, Hulden 0 0-4 0, M. Garton . Totals: 11 5-15. Totals: 11 5-15 28.

Three-pointers — La Grande 1 (Herman); Mac-Hi 1 (B. Garton). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — La Grande 14, Mac-Hi 9. Technical fouls — none.

JV score — La Grande 28, Mac-Hi 19.

Union girls go 3-0 in league with huge win over Lady Pros

UNION — The Union basketball girls remained undefeated in Wapiti League play Friday with a huge win over perennial league power Grant Union.

The Bobcats fended off a third-quarter comeback attempts by the Prospectors to win 52-47. The win gives the Bobcats a 3-0 record in league (5-4 overall).

Coach Wayne Herron said the Bobcats seemed to be in control most of the game, but could never quite put Grant Union away until the end. Union held a 24-15 lead at the half, but Grant Union rallied the cut the lead to 35-33 after three quarters.

"It was a big win for us. They were picked to be at the top of the league," said Herron.

Kallin Prince hit three 3-pointers and scored 18 points. She also dished out five assists. Chelsea Herron had 12 points, while Chelsey Haywood pulled down seven rebounds and April Savely scored 10.

Union travels to Imbler today looking to build on its nice start to league.

Union 52, Grant Union 47

Grant Union 4 11 18 14 — 47

Union girls 8 16 11 17 — 52

Grant Union — Reyes 3 0-0 6, Simmons 4 9-19 17, Vidourek 4 0-0 10, Mascall 2 0-0 4, Bartlett 5 0-0 10, Legg, Matthews. Totals: 17 9-21 47.

Union — Kara Baxter 1 0-0 2, Shannon Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Lena Weitlauf 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Herron 6 0-4 12, Kallin Prince 5 5-8 18, Sandra Meredith 1 3-5 5, April Savely 4 2-5 10, Chelsey Haywood 0 1-5 1, Angela Collins. Totals: 19 11-27 52.

Three-pointers — Grant Union 2 (Vidourek 2); Union 3 (Prince 3). Fouled out — Matthews, Mascall. Total fouls — Grant Union 18, Union 16. Technical fouls — Grant Union, team technical.

JV score — Union 36, Grant Union 34.

Enterprise picks up first league win

ENTERPRISE — The Imbler girls rallied from a huge deficit and almost pulled off a win over Enterprise in Wapiti League basketball Friday.

The Panthers cut the lead to four points with two minutes left, but Enterprise hung on for a 59-49 victory.

"We could not get over the hump," Imbler coach Barry Bowers said.

Enterprise (1-2 in league, 7-4 overall) led by 17 points at halftime. The Panthers (1-2, 5-6) outscored Enterprise 36-29 in the second half.

"We weathered the storm," Enterprise coach Mike Crawford said.

The Panthers scored 23 points in the fourth, while Enterprise's Kayla Stoffel scored 10 of the team's 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Stoffel finished the game with 21 points. Enterprise's Jessie Morgan drained four 3-pointers for 12 points. Morgan also had seven assists and seven rebounds. Kallie Hadden had 10 rebounds and three points. Chelcee Noland had seven steals.

Enterprise plays today in John Day against Grant Union, while Imbler hosts Union today.

Enterprise 59, Imbler 49

Imbler girls 7 6 13 23 — 49

Enterprise 16 14 11 18 — 59

Imbler — Mandy Griffin 1 5-7 7, Emily Westover 1 1-2 3, Penny Cline 2 2-3 6, Hannah Hall 3 1-5 8, Kayla Ritter 5 7-11 17, Sarah Hill 2 0-0 4, Stacey Clinkenbeard 2 0-0 4, Janell Bartell. Totals: 16 16-28 49.

Enterprise — Jessica Marcum 4 0-0 8, Chelcee Noland 0 0-2 0, Stefanie McCready 0 1-2 1, Jessie Morgan 4 0-0 12, Kayla Stoffel 8 4-6 21, Madi Smith 2 1-4 5, Kallie Hadden 1 1-2 3, Caitlin Baird 4 1-2 9, Jennifer McCready. Totals: 23 8-18 59.

Three-pointers — Imbler 1 (Hall); Enterprise 5 (Morgan 4, Stoffel 1). Rebound leader — Hadden 10. Fouled out — Baird. Total fouls — Imbler 15, Enterprise 20. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — Enterprise def. Imbler.

Powder Valley girls stay perfect in Old Oregon League

WALLOWA — The Powder Valley basketball girls kept up their winning ways Friday, jumping out to a 29-9 halftime lead over Wallowa en route to a 47-23 Old Oregon League win.

The Badgers, ranked No. 1 in the state, were led by Shauna Nelson's 14 points, followed by Joelle Bain's 12.

"We played pretty well for three quarters," said Powder Valley coach Allen Bingham. He said the Badgers did lose their intensity in the fourth.

Wallowa coach Greg Oveson said, "I felt we did some things well. (But) we have to figure out a way to score some points. That's our biggest problem right now."

Wallowa was led by Lynique Oveson's eight points.

Wallowa (0-2 in OOL, 0-9 overall) makes a long road trip to Crane today, while Powder Valley (3-0 in OOL, 9-2 overall) hosts Jordan Valley. Bingham said this will be Powder Valley's first home game of the year

Powder Valley 47, Wallowa 23

Powder Valley 14 15 14 4 — 47

Wallowa girls 2 7 8 6 — 23

Powder Valley — Heather Tittle 3 0-0 6, Hailee Bingham 2 0-0 5, Alisha Thompson 1 0-0 2, Shauna Nelson 7 0-2 14, Kali Miller 2 0-2 4, Joelle Bain 5 2-4 12, Sabrina Rich 2 0-1 4, Tara Furhman, Lacey Lyman, Ashley Dozhier, Kaitlyn Browne. Totals: 22 2-9 47.

Wallowa — Hayley Oveson 2 0-0 4, Mysha OVeson 1 0-0 2, Caitlin Turner 2 0-0 4, Lynique Oveson 4 0-0 8, Chelsea Frei 2 1-1 5, Leah Pringle, Wendy Spaur, Olivia Soares, Emily Isley. Totals: 11 1-1 23.

Three-pointers — Powder Valley 1 (Bingham); Wallowa, none. Fouled out — Frei. Total fouls — Powder Valley 8, Wallowa 13. Technical fouls — none.

JV result — Powder Valley def. Wallowa

Elgin girls struggle in fourth quarter

ELGIN — Foul trouble and turnovers hurt the Elgin girls in their Wapiti League basketball game against Nyssa Friday.

Nyssa pulled out a 54-43 win.

The Huskies (1-2 in league, 5-3 overall) led by three points at halftime. Both teams were tied at 35-35 entering the fourth quarter.

Then, the Huskies fell apart with too many turnovers, Elgin coach Randy McKone said.

"Unfortunately turnovers are absolutely hanging us up," he said.

The Bulldogs outscored the Huskies 19-8 in the fourth to secure the win.

Amber Looslie paced the Huskies with 13 points, while Josie Cross added 12.

Chelsey Ramos led Nyssa with 16 points.

Nyssa 54, Elgin 43

Nyssa girls 9 10 16 19 — 54

Elgin 7 15 13 8 — 43

Nyssa — Chelsey Ramos 7 2-3 16, Celestina Leos 0 5-8 5, Daniella Kurtz 5 0-2 10, Laura Booth 0 0-2 0, Lexi Moody 2 3-8 7, Y. Escobedo 0 2-6 2, A. Escobedo 2 2-6 6, Kayleen Mitchell 3 2-3 8, Laura Booth 0 0-2 0, Christy DeLeon, Haley Anderson, Aaudia Hernandez, Lily Jittercob. Totals: 19 16-38 54.

Elgin — Rebecca Sanders 0 0-1 0, Amber Looslie 4 5-8 13, Brittany Beedle 1 2-4 4, Hailey Wiles 1 0-2 2, Kelsey Davis 0 2-4 2, Delia Darrow 0 2-2 2, Josie Cross 4 4-9 12, Tiffany Fincher 1 1-2 3, Alli Burgess 1 0-0 3, Mary Alice Tucker 1 0-2 2, Ashley Hogan, Kristin Thamert. Totals: 13 16-34 43.

Three-pointers — Nyssa, none; Elgin 1 (Burgess). Fouled out — Beedle. Total fouls — Nyssa 24, Elgin 27. Technical fouls — None.

JV result — Nyssa def. Elgin.

Joseph girls lose to deep Pine-Eagle

JOSEPH — The Joseph basketball girls found out Friday why Pine-Eagle is considered one of the top 2A teams in the state.

Pine-Eagle, which has yet to lose a game, won 60-23.

"They're forever deep. They're pretty darned good," said Joseph coach Dan Butterfield.

Joseph was led by Anna Yost, who had nine points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and four steals. Haddie Carpenter had eight points and five rebounds.

Pine-Eagle was led by Lila Forte's 20 points.

Joseph (0-3 in Wapiti League, 2-8 overall) will travel to Nyssa Saturday.

Pine-Eagle 60, Joseph 23

Pine-Eagle 19 17 15 9 — 60

Joseph girls 6 10 3 4 — 23

Pine-Eagle — Coffee 5 1-2 11, Morrison 3 0-0 6, Carnahan 3 0-0 6, J.J. Shevham 2 0-0 4, Forte 9 2-4 20, Thomas 1 0-0 2, C.J. Shevham 2 5-6 9, Gullick 0 1-4 1, Hale 0 1-2 1, Swanson, Baxter. Totals: 25 10-18 60.

Joseph — Julie Butterfield 1 0-0 2, Anna Yost 4 1-3 9, Brooke Moncrief 1 0-0 2, Amanda Exon 1 0-0 2, Haddie Carpenter 4 0-0 8, Holly Parker, Auburn Isaak, Brooke Moncrief, Emily Williams, Beth McClaran. Totals: 11 1-3 23.

Three-pointers — Pine-Eagle, none; Joseph, none. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Pine-Eagle 9, Joseph 14. Technical fouls — none.

JV result — Pine-Eagle def. Joseph.