Powder Valley got off to a slow start in the championship game of the La Grande Optimist Christmas Classic.
Once the Badgers got going, they rolled to their 12th straight win.
Josie Ash led a balanced attack with 10 points, and the Badgers used a 13-0 first-half run and a 15-0 second half run to pull away for a 50-25 win over Cove Friday night at Quinn Coliseum.
Kim Williams added nine points four assists and three steals for Powder Valley, while Samantha Kerns, Megan Bingham and Autumn Davis all scored eight points for the Badgers. Kerns added nine rebounds and Davis had seven boards.
Ash triggered the Badgers’ first run with a jumper for a 7-5 lead late in the first quarter. Davis added three straight field goals to make it 13-5 early in the second quarter, then Ash fed Williams for a basket and a 10-point lead.
The gap reached 18-5 before Maggie Ledbetter’s layup for Cove midway through the second quarter. Ledbetter later found Taylor Fett for a 3-pointer, and Cove was within 22-12 at halftime.
Then the Badgers started the third quarter on a tear.
Kerns had back-to-back layups, Williams fed Megan Hufford for a layup and Bingham drained a 3-pointer. Bingham’s jumper capped the 15-0 surge for a 25-point lead, and the Badgers went on to lead by as much as 32 points as they cruised.
The Badgers shot 9-for-15 in the third quarter, and for the game shot 36 percent (22-for-61). They also outrebounded Cove 37-21, collected 20 steals and forced 34 turnovers. Five different players had three steals for Powder Valley.
Fett, who hit three 3-pointers, led Cove with nine points. Ledbetter added seven points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Leopards shot just 26 percent (9-for-34), though they did collect 10 steals and force 21 turnovers.
Powder Valley (12-0 overall) returns to Old Oregon League action Friday at undefeated and defending Class 1A state champion Nixyaawii. Cove (4-7) resumes OOL play Friday when it hosts Griswold.
Council 47, Union 25: Chelsie Testa scored 13 points and had five assists, and Council never trailed as it pulled away to beat Union in the third-place game.
The Lumberjacks broke open a close game with a 17-3 run that started late in the first quarter and ended with Council ahead at the half, 29-11. Council went on to lead by as much as 44-16.
Katie Good led Union with 11 points. Her jumper with 1:25 to play in the first quarter kept the Bobcats within 12-8, and another Good jumper ended a 10-0 Council run midway through the second quarter and made it 22-10, but Union drew no closer. Ellie Clark added nine points, six of which came in the third quarter.
Union (5-6 overall) hosts Heppner in nonleague action Friday.
Elgin 46, Imbler 43: Hannah McClure scored 11 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, and Elgin won a tight battle against Wapiti League foe Imbler to take fourth.
McClure scored all her points after halftime and hit four 3-pointers, including three in the final period. The Huskies shook off a scoreless second quarter and were down 33-31 entering the fourth before rallying.
Jocelyn Palmer added 13 points, including nine in the second half.
Hannah Kilpatrick scored 18 points to lead all scorers for Imbler, including 12 in the second half. Caysie McGinness added 12 points.
Elgin (6-6 overall) travels to Heppner in nonleague action Saturday. Imbler (3-8) visits Pilot Rock in a nonleague game Friday.
Sherman 45, Wallowa 32: Jamie Johnston scored 13 points, including nine in the first half, but Wallowa was unable to dig out of a first-half hole and dropped the seventh-place game to Sherman.
Sherman led 21-14 at halftime, and the Huskies extended the lead to double figures in the second half, taking a 32-21 lead after three quarters. Jaelyn Justesen scored 21 points to lead Sherman.
Ashlyn Young added six points for Wallowa (2-9 overall) who returns to Old Oregon League action Friday at Pine Eagle.