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The La Grande Tigers girls basketball team avenged an earlier loss to the Nyssa Bulldogs with a 44-40 road win Saturday night.

After scoring just four points in the first quarter, La Grande found a spark to take a 22-19 lead at the break. The Tigers led just 32-31 after three quarters, but held on in the fourth for the win.

Camryn Collman scored 14 points, including six in the fourth quarter, to lead the Tigers. Grace Neer added eight points, and both Alexyss Chamberlain and Ella Dunlap had six points.

La Grande (7-3 overall) hosts Pendleton Tuesday.

Also Saturday

Anderson has big night in Huskies’ win

Tymra Anderson poured in 27 points to lead three players in double figures as the Elgin Huskies girls basketball team picked up its first Old Oregon League win of the season with a 61-40 home victory over the Griswold Grizzlies on Saturday.

Kaelin Evans added 11 points for Elgin, and Jayden Palmer was close behind with 10 points.

The Huskies (4-6 overall, 1-1 OOL) head to Joseph on Friday.

Bobcats fall on the road to Grant Union

The Union Bobcats girls basketball team hung with Grant Union, which currently leads the Blue Mountain Conference, most of the night, but came up short in a 60-52 loss to the Prospectors Saturday in John Day.

Kaylin Nowak scored 14 points to lead three Bobcats in double figures. Kylie Marriott followed with 12 points, and Brianna Kohr added 11 points.

Union was within 34-29 at halftime before the Prospectors pushed the lead to double digits at 48-37 after three quarters and held on from there.

Union (7-6 overall, 1-2 BMC) hosts Stanfield Friday.

run boosts Badgers to blowout win

A 21-2 run in the second quarter by the Powder Valley Badgers girls basketball team helped set the tone as it rolled to a 52-14 thumping of the Cove Leopards in Old Oregon League action Saturday in Cove.

The big quarter boosted Powder Valley to a 32-8 lead at the half, and the Badgers held Cove to just six points in the second half.

Megan Bingham led Powder Valley with 12 points and had five of the Badgers’ 24 steals. Shelby Sieckman and Josi Krieger both added eight points.

Maggie Frisch had six points for Cove, and Rebekah Farrell added four points.

The Badgers (11-2 overall, 2-0 OOL) visit Imbler Tuesday, while Cove (6-5, 0-1) hosts Nixyaawii Friday.

Outlaws pick up road victory

The Enterprise Outlaws girls basketball team earned a 50-37 road win over the Pilot Rock Rockets Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference play.

Lexie Gassett scored 14 points and five steals to lead the way for Enterprise, while both Ashlyn Gray and Carson Miller had eight points. Karlie Bedard added a team-best 10 rebounds, and Miller had eight boards.

The Outlaws (11-3 overall, 3-1 BMC) head to Heppner Friday.

Cougars upend Golden Eagles

The Wallowa Cougars girls basketball team completed a sweep in its opening weekend of Old Oregon League play by earning a road win against the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles Saturday, 49-45.

Stats were not available.

The Cougars (5-7 overall, 2-0 OOL) travel to Powder Valley Friday.


La Grande tops Ontario in GOL opener

Camryn Collman scored a game-high 21 points, including 13 in the third quarter, to pace the La Grande Tigers girls basketball team to a 52-36 road win over the Ontario Tigers in the Greater Oregon League opener for both teams Friday.

Collman’s big third was part of a 20-point quarter for La Grande, which gave it a 43-27 lead after three quarters, one the Tigers didn’t relinquish.

Ella Dunlap added 10 points for La Grande.

Cougars edge Huskies

The Elgin Huskies girls basketball team was handed a tough 50-47 road loss to the Wallowa Cougars on Friday night in the Old Oregon League opener for both teams.

Tymra Anderson led three Huskies in double figures with 14 points. Jocelyn Palmer added 13 points, and Jayden Palmer had 12 points.

Stats were not available for Wallowa.

Panthers pick up first league win

Caysie McGinness scored nine of her game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter as the Imbler Panthers girls basketball team pulled away late for a 38-30 home win over the Pine Eagle Spartans Friday in Old Oregon League play.

Imbler rallied from four points down at halftime to take a 25-22 lead after three quarters, then distanced itself in the fourth with McGinness, who had 15 second-half points, leading the way.

Gracey Smith added four points for the Panthers (3-7 overall, 1-0 OOL), who host Powder Valley Tuesday.

Bobcats use big quarter to score victory

The Union Bobcats girls basketball team used a dominant second quarter to turn the tables on its way to a
39-27 home win over the Pilot Rock Rockets Friday in Blue Mountain Conference play.

Union outscored Pilot Rock in the second quarter 18-1, turning an early five-point deficit into a 26-14 lead by halftime to take control of the game.

Callie Glenn scored 16 points to lead Union, while Brianna Kohr added eight points.

Powder Valley earns win at Nixyaawii

Megan Bingham had 15 points and six steals, and the Powder Valley girls basketball team held the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles to just six first-half points on the way to a 40-32 road win in Old Oregon League play Friday.

Josi Krieger added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Badgers as they suffocated Nixyaawii on defense during the first half to take a 16-6 lead. The Golden Eagles got within 24-19 after three quarters, but the Badgers withstood the rally.

Outlaws fall short to Prospectors

A rough second quarter for the Enterprise Outlaws girls basketball team proved to be the difference in a 56-44 home loss to the Grant Union Prospectors Friday night in Blue Mountain Conference play.

Enterprise saw an early lead vanish when Grant Union poured in 22 points in the second to take a 33-22 lead at the half. Enterprise closed within single digits in the second half, but was
unable to complete the comeback.

Karli Bedard had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Outlaws. Shelby Moncrief added eight points, and Ashlyn Gray had seven boards and six blocked shots.

Eagles dismantle Grizzlies

The Joseph Eagles girls basketball team dominated in its Old Oregon League opener by blasting the Griswold Grizzlies on the road Friday, 53-21.

Sabrina Albee led a balanced Joseph offense with 12 points. Haley Miller added 10 points and Ella Coughlan had nine as eight players scored.

The Eagles led throughout and used a 16-0 third-quarter run to take a commanding 47-9 lead after three.

The Eagles (11-2 overall, 1-0 OOL) host Elgin Friday.