Perseverance pays off for Badger senior

By Paul Harder February 03, 2014 10:07 am

Powder Valley's Bailee Allen goes up for a shot against Imbler Friday. The Badgers won the game 43-41 on a last second shot by Allen Bingham.
Powder Valley's Bailee Allen goes up for a shot against Imbler Friday. The Badgers won the game 43-41 on a last second shot by Allen Bingham.
A natural instinct would be to shy away when something isn’t going your way. But, scorers don’t have that mindset. They keep firing at the basket, despite a little frustration. 

Without the mentality from Bailee Allen, the Powder Valley girls basketball team wouldn’t be sitting at the top of the Old Oregon League standings with a 5-2 record. 

The Badgers needed Allen’s last-second heroics to pull out a 43-41 win against Imbler Friday night. 

Allen’s shot off an inbound pass looked to defy the laws of physics, hitting the front of the rim, but somehow crawled over the rim. 

“I don’t know how it went in,” Powder Valley head coach  Allen Bingham said. “It hit the front of the rim so hard that I didn’t think there was any chance of it going in.”

It did. And, following a win by Wallowa against Cove Saturday, created a logjam at the top the league standings. Powder Valley, Imbler and Cove are all tied for the top record in league play with two weeks left to play.

For Allen, a senior, the shot served as a little redemption for a rough patch in the second and third quarters. She hung her head several times after missing point blank shots. Several times the ball appeared to be half way down and rattled out of the rim.

“It was frustrating,” Allen said. “It feels like there is nothing that you can do.”

What Allen did was continue to shoot the ball. She had four points in the opening quarter of the game. Then it was a long dry spell. Allen didn’t score again until there was 2:16 left in the game. Her basket trimmed what was once an 11-point Panthers’ lead to six points, 41-35.

Allen then connected from a seemingly impossible angle from the baseline, and then made it a one score game with her third basket in less than a minute stretch.

“I just had to tell myself to keep shooting,” Allen said. “The team is depending on me to be able to score. I just wanted to be able to help out.”

Alexandra Colton tied the game with a runner at 41-all with 28.6 seconds left in the game.

Imbler had the ball in the back court with 2.6 seconds left, but threw the inbounds pass out of bounds, giving Powder Valley the ball in the front court.

And that’s when Allen moved around two screens and fired the game winner.

“I really thought Alexandra was going to be the first option on that play,” Bingham said. “But, Bailee got free on those screens and got a good look.”

The win not only provided Allen with a little redemption, but the entire team following a 44-25 loss at Imbler Jan. 11.

“We knew we could play better,” Allen said. “And, we got the chance to prove it.”

The Powder Valley girls basketball team avoided a letdown game after picking up a huge win the night before. The Badgers cruised past Joseph for a 56-40 league win Saturday. 

The Eagles led by Breanna Gibson jumped out to a 14-8 first quarter lead. But, Powder Valley seized a 26-22 halftime lead, and didn’t let it go. 

Colton had a game-high 20 points. Allen added 11 points, while Sally Blair finished with 10 points. 

Gibson had a team-high 19 points. Hailee McClure added eight points.

Powder Valley (11-5 overall, 5-2 OOL) will host Pine Eagle at 6 p.m. Friday. Joseph will host Wallowa at 6 p.m. Friday.

Cougars pick up big win at home against Cove

WALLOWA — Wallowa head coach Greg Oveson didn’t classify it as a beautiful win, but his team’s Old Oregon League victory over Cove is one he’ll gladly take.

The Cougars girls basketball team erupted in the fourth quarter to defeat Cove 41-28 Saturday.

Wallowa held the Leopards in check in the first three quarters, claiming a 21-6 lead. The Cougars scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to close it out. 

Kristyn Young led Wallowa with 12 points, while Taylor Harshfield finished with 10 points.

Molly DelCurto had a team-high 10 points for Cove. Kindra Moore added seven points. Mikayla Murchison, Cove’s leading scorer, left in the game after the first half due to an illness.

A slow start kept Wallowa from picking up a win against Pine Eagle Friday. 

The Cougars trailed 13-2 after the first quarter, and didn’t have enough time to complete the comeback attempt. 

Young finished with 11 points, while Harshfield scored nine.

Wallowa (6-11 overall, 2-5 OOL) will travel to Joseph for a 6 p.m. game Friday. 

Panthers bounce back against Pine Eagle

HALFWAY — Imbler bounced back from a gut-wrenching loss the night before to get back on track in Old Oregon League play against Pine Eagle Saturday. 

The Panthers used their defense to dominate Pine Eagle during a 51-19 win. Imbler jumped out to a 25-10 halftime lead, holding the Spartans to three field goals in the opening half.

Malia Mills led the Panthers with 12 points. Katie Barry and Emma Bowers each scored eight points. 

Marriana Akers led Pine Eagle with six points.

Imbler (13-5 overall, 5-2 OOL) will travel to Cove for a 6 p.m. game Thursday.

Huskies drop a pair of conference games

ELGIN — The Elgin girls basketball team hit a roadblock, dropping a pair of games over the weekend. 

The Huskies couldn’t keep up with the hot shooting of Weston-McEwen. The Tiger-Scots picked up a 45-32 conference win by grabbing a 21-15 lead after the opening quarter.

“We just had too many turnovers at the wrong time,” Elgin head coach Mike Slater said. “Weston got hot in the first quarter. We played much better than we did Friday, so that’s a little silver lining.”

Miah Slater led the Huskies with 14 points. Jordyn Anderson and Katie Witherspoon each scored six points.

Elgin’s three-game winning streak was snapped in a 32-22 loss to Grant Union Friday night. 

“We came out flat,” Slater said. “The girls played well for the first few minutes. Then we looked sleepy out there.”

The Huskies had a three-point lead after one quarter, but the Prospectors grabbed the lead in the second quarter, and held on to it the rest of the game. 

Slater had a team-high eight points, while Stormy Silver scored six points.

Elgin (7-11 overall, 5-6 BMC) will travel to Enterprise for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday. 

Outlaws improve playoff chances with two wins

ENTERPRISE — With a well-balanced scoring attack, the Outlaws defeated Stanfield 44-24 Saturday.

Hayley Riggs led the scoring attack with nine points. Emma Hall and Sarah Aschenbrenner each scored eight points. 

Enterprise started slow, trailing 10-9 after the first quarter, but took an eight-point lead into the half. 

“We weren’t moving around the way we did Friday night,” Outlaws head coach Mike Crawford said. “In the second quarter we were able to change up the tempo, and they never had a chance to get back in the game.”

Ashlee O’Neill led the Tigers with seven points.

Enterprise had what might be one of those season-changing moments during a 42-28 win against Irrigon Friday night. 

The Outlaws held an 11-point lead headed into the fourth quarter. The Knights trimmed the lead to six. But, Enterprise came up with a defensive stop, pushed the lead to eight points, and never looked back. 

“We’ve been in that moment before, but we don’t get the stop. We don’t win the game,” Crawford said. “I knew we were close to taking that step forward.”

Hayley Riggs opened the game with 11 points in the first quarter, and tacked on 11 more in the fourth quarter. The senior finished the night with 24 points. 

Carson Sajonia added eight points and 10 rebounds. Tiffanie George was held scoreless, but grabbed 10 rebounds.

Enterprise (7-12 overall, 4-8 BMC) will host Elgin at 6 p.m. Tuesday. 

Bobcats split weekend slate, stay in second

UNION –– The Union Bobcats (16-3 overall, 9-2 BMC) beat the Heppner girls (8-11 overall, 4-8 BMC) 58-42 with an exceptional showing by sophomore Elly Wells Saturday. 

“I was really proud of them tonight,” Bobcats head coach Rhondie Johansen said. 

Johansen also said the team played their style of basketball and that the team is moving forward and getting better. The Union girls shot 86 percent from the free-throw line, making 18-of-21. 

Wells scored a team-high 22 points, making 6-of-7 free throws. Keesha Sarman added 15 points and made 9-of-11 free throws. Sarah Good finished with 11 points. 

Union fell to Pilot-Rock 71-62 Friday. 

 Johansen called it an ‘off night’ and that they will continue to make adjustments. 

“We didn’t play our style of ball,” said Johansen. 

Even with the loss, Sarman scored a game-high 25 points, making three 3-pointers and sinking. Wells and Good each scored 10 points, while Delanie Kohr finished with six points. 

Pilot Rock’s Caitlin Zyph made five 3-point baskets, and had a team-high 22 points. Madison Dave finished with 21 points. 

The Union girls will face Weston-McEwen in Union starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.