Bobcats keep record clean

By Observer staff December 23, 2013 09:59 am

STANFIELD — The Union girls basketball team opened the season with a dominant performance on the road against Stanfield.

The Bobcats limited the Tigers to one field goal in the first quarter during a 34-16 win Saturday. 

“We pride ourselves on our defense,” Union head coach Rhondie Johansen said. “We were able to get a bunch of girls in the game, and got a balanced scoring attack. That’s what I was looking to see. We need a bunch of girls to be able to score.”

Union (6-0 overall, 1-0 BMC) led 24-7 at the half, and sat its starters most of the second half. 

Senior Keesha Sarman led the way for Union with nine points. Ellie Wells and Delanie Kohr each finished with eight points. Sarah Good added seven points.

Cassie Muth led Stanfield with eight points.

Union will play Cove at the La Grande Optimist Tournament in Quinn Coliseum at
8 a.m. Thursday.

Leopards win in Wallowa

WALLOWA — The Cove girls basketball team pulled out a 37-30 win against Joseph at the Wallowa Lions Club Tournament.

Kayla Johnson helped the Leopards put the game away after holding an 18-11 lead at the half. Johnson, a junior, scored nine of her 11 points in the second half. She made two 3-pointers in the third quarter. 

Cove struggled at the free-throw line, shooting 1-of-10 in the game. The Eagles made 3-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Mikayla Murchison added 10 points for Cove, while Molly DelCurto scored six.

Hailee McClure and Holly Taylor each scored five points for Joseph. 

Friday, Murchison led the Leopards to a 35-23 win over Pine Eagle. The senior scored 15 points for Cove. 

The Leopards built a 27-4 lead after the first half, and allowed the younger players to come in during the second half.

DelCurto added eight points for Cove.

Senior Celisa Digges led the Spartan with 12 points.

Cove (2-4) will play Union in the opening game of the La Grande Optimist Tournament at Quinn Coliseum Thursday.

Badgers beat
Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY — The Powder Valley girls basketball team pulled out a tough win on the road against Jordan Valley 39-31 Saturday.

The Badgers trailed 20-19 at the half, but shutout Jordan Valley in the third quarter, and never surrendered the lead.

“Baskets didn’t come easy in this game,” Powder Valley head coach Allen Bingham said. “I thought we did a really good job defensively though. We kept them off the offensive glass, and we were able to get some second-chance opportunities.”

Alexandra Colton led the Badgers with 13 points. Bailee Allen and Sally Blair each finished with nine points.

Sharaya Sausser led Jordan Valley with 17 points.

The Badgers (3-2) will play Pilot Rock in the opening round of the La Grande Optimist Tournament at 11 a.m. Thursday. 

Outlaws split opening conference games

ENTERPRISE — The Enterprise girls basketball had an interesting weekend, learning from a mistake Friday night to help split the opening weekend of Blue Mountain Conference play. 

The Outlaws pulled out a 30-29 win against Weston-McEwen Saturday. The Tiger-Scots jumped out to a 10-2 lead, but Hayley Riggs led Enterprise back into the game with a personal 9-0 run, as the Outlaws claimed an 18-13 first-quarter lead.

Riggs hit the big shot with just over a minute to play in the game, connecting on a 3-point attempt to put her team up by one point, 30-29. Riggs finished with 14 points.

Enterprise didn’t give up any offensive rebounds in the final minute of play to secure the win, something it didn’t do the night before against Pilot Rock. 

Friday the Outlaws went into the final two minutes of the game against the Rockets tied at 31-all. A couple rebounding lapses sent Enterprise home with a 39-33 loss.

The Rockets’ Madison Dave scored eight of her 10 points in the closing two minutes off identical plays. She was fouled after making a field goal. However, Dave couldn’t convert the free-throw attempt, but grabbed her own miss and scored again. Dave did that twice.

“We learned from it,” Enterprise head coach Mike Crawford said. “That’s all we could do, and it came in handy on the next night.”

The Outlaws will open the Regis Tournament against Scio for the fourth straight season Friday. Tip off is set for 3 p.m.

Cougars split
at home tourney

WALLOWA — The up-and-down season continued for the Wallowa girls basketball team at its own Lions Club Tournament.

Saturday, the Cougars were in the lead against Nixyaawii, but couldn’t hold on. Wallowa dropped the game 36-27. 

The Cougars led 15-11 at the half despite going 3-of-14 from the free-throw line. 

“Other than that it was the best half we played all season,” Wallowa head coach Greg Oveson said. “We just needed to keep our focus, but couldn’t quite do it.”

The Cougars were outscored 25-12 in the second half.

Morgan Waters and Kristyn Young each scored eight points to lead Wallowa. 

Friday, Waters led the Cougars to a 37-15 win against Arlington. The Honkers struggled to score in the second half, as Wallowa pulled away. The Cougars outscored Arlington 26-8 in the second half.

Taylor Harshfield and Ashton Hall scored seven and six points, respectively. 

Wallowa (3-4) will open the La Grande Optimist Tournament against Imbler at 6 p.m. Thursday.