PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Huskies split at Kennedy

By Observer staff December 16, 2013 11:35 am

KENNEDY — Foul trouble dictated the opening game of the Kennedy Tournament for the Elgin girls basketball team.

The Huskies were in foul trouble in the first half, and were outscored by the host team by 20 points in the second quarter during a 51-28 loss Friday. 

“We made defensive errors and got into bad positions, which led to fouls,” Elgin head coach Mike Slater said. “We just couldn’t recover after that.”

Miah Slater led the Huskies with nine points and Aria Higgins finished with six points.

Saturday, the Huskies bounced back behind the offense performances of Stormy Silver and Hannah Kimbel. 

Silver paced Elgin with 12 points during a 43-29 win against Monroe. Kimbel added 10 points.

The Huskies held a five-point lead, 28-23, after three quarters, but pulled away with a strong finish. 

“We made some adjustments and settled down,” Slater said. “The girls also did a good job hitting the offensive glass.”

Elgin (2-3) will open Blue Mountain Conference play on the road against Irrigon at 6 p.m. Friday.

Outlaws win a pair

ENTERPRISE — Trust is going a long way in Enterprise. The Outlaws girls basketball team is started to figure things out during their home Winter Classic over the weekend.

Hayley Riggs led all scorers in the opening game Friday during a 54-28 win against Joseph. The senior finished with 23 points, connecting on three 3-pointers.

“Hayley was pressing early this season,” Enterprise head coach Mike Crawford said. “But, with trust, things are beginning to balance out.”

Tiffanie George added seven points for the Outlaws, with five other players all scoring four points.

Joseph was led by Lindsay Kemp with nine points.

Saturday, Enterprise closed out the tournament with a 40-31 win against Wallowa, extending its winning streak to three games.

Riggs paced the Outlaws again with 15 points. 

Morgan Water led Wallowa with 14 points. The Cougars made just eight field goals in the game.

Enterprise (3-2) will open Blue Mountain Conference play at home against Pilot Rock at 6 p.m. Friday.

Cougars grab win against Spartans

ENTERPRISE — Taylor Harshfield guided Wallowa to a win at the Enterprise Winter Classic against Pine Eagle. 

Harshfield scored 11 points during a 32-25 win against the Spartans. 

“We did OK,” Wallowa head coach Greg Oveson said. “Neither team had a lot of energy during the game for some reason. But, we had enough to pull it out.”

Pine Eagle trailed 14-8 at the half, but erupted for 15 points in the third quarter. However, the rally ended there. 

Morgan Waters and Kristyn Young each scored six points.

Wallowa (3-3) will open its home Lions Club Tournament against Arlington at 7 p.m. Friday.

Bobcats keep on winning

COVE — Union used strong defense to close out the Cove Booster Club Tournament with a win Saturday. 

The Bobcats limited the Imbler offense during a 40-25 win, staying unbeaten through four games this season.

“Our defense was outstanding,” Union head coach Rhondie Johanson said. “We took them out of what they were trying to do on offense. Defense has been the key to the team’s success the past few seasons.”

Union pulled away over the second and third quarters, outscoring the Panthers 28-14.

The Bobcats’ Keesha Sarman led all scorers with 15 points in the game. Sarah Good added seven points.

Malia Mills paced Imbler with seven points.

Union will travel to Baker for a 6 p.m. game against the Bulldogs Tuesday. Imbler will host Weston-McEwen at 6 p.m. Tuesday. 

Panthers hold off Leopard rally

COVE — The Imbler bench came up big during a 38-31 win against the Cove girls basketball team Friday.

Three Panthers’ starters got into foul trouble, but the bench provided 27 points to hold off a Cove comeback attempt.

Lexee Robertson led the Panthers with 10 points and Katie Barry added nine points.

The Leopards pulled to within one point, 26-25, after a Molly DelCurto 3-point shot, but couldn’t overtake Imbler. DelCurto finished with a team-high nine points.

Imbler will host Weston-McEwen at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Cove will play Pine Eagle at the Wallowa Lions Club Tournament at noon Friday.