ELGIN — Elgin guard Jocelyn Palmer anticipated the Huskies might get off to a slow start in Saturday’s game against rival Imbler.
The junior, though, helped spark the offense, connecting on three 3-pointers and finishing with 22 points as Elgin pulled away from the Panthers for a 43-23 home win in Old Oregon League action.
“This week was a rough week at practice so we kind of expected it,” Palmer said. “Maybe we were underestimating them a little bit.”
The Huskies never trailed, but held just a 2-0 lead until Jayden Palmer’s 3-pointer with 55 seconds to play in the first quarter, and a free throw and basket by Kaelin Evans made it 8-0 after one.
Jocelyn Palmer caught fire late in the second quarter with a pair of 3s to extend the lead to 20-3 at the half. The Huskies held Imbler scoreless for the game’s first 11 minutes and without a field goal until the third quarter.
“Our coach pulled us in and he just really elaborated on the fact that this is a really important game and from here on out it's really important, and there's no letting up,” Jocelyn Palmer said of what finally got Elgin going.
She followed with seven more points in the third, including her third 3 of the game for an 18-point lead.
Imbler found a rhythm offensively in the third to get back in the game with what coach Darci Sweet said was the team’s best quarter of the season. Five points in the quarter from Kenna Whitmore and four from Elidia Rivas, including a putback with about two minutes to play, made it 25-16.
Elgin followed with a 10-0 run to take a 35-16 lead early in the fourth and close out the win.
Tymra Anderson added six points for Elgin, while Whitmore scored nine to lead Imbler.
The Huskies (10-2 overall, 2-0 OOL) visit Griswold Tuesday, while Imbler (1-13, 1-3) host Cove Friday.
Union 53, Heppner 48: Callie Glenn scored 28 points Saturday as Union shook off a halftime deficit to down Heppner on the road.
The win, combined with a loss by Enterprise Saturday, put the Bobcats in sole possession of first place in the Blue Mountain Conference.
Glenn, who hit four 3-pointers, had 15 points in the first half. Union, though, trailed 31-28 at the break. The Bobcats held the Mustangs to just three third-quarter points to take a 37-34 lead, then hit seven free throws and got nine points from Glenn in the fourth to hold on.
Brianna Kohr added seven points for Union (14-3 overall, 4-0 BMC), which visits Pilot Rock Tuesday.
Stanfield 49, Enterprise 31: A 12-point first-quarter hole was too much for the Outlaws to dig out of Saturday as they dropped a Blue Mountain Conference game on the road and saw their 10-game winning streak end.
Ashlyn Gray was the lone Outlaw in double figures with 10 points. Carsyn Miller added six points. Enterprise allowed 22 first-quarter points, fell behind 32-18 at the half and couldn’t catch up.
The Outlaws (11-2 overall, 3-1 BMC) host Weston-McEwen Tuesday.
Wallowa 66, Nixyaawii 53: Shanna Rae Tillery and Jamie Johnston both had double-doubles as the Cougars completed a perfect weekend with an important home win over Nixyaawii, which entered undefeated in Old Oregon League play.
Tillery finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds for Wallowa, while Johnston had 19 points and 10 boards. The Cougars held a 29-25 lead at the half and were still up just five after three quarters, but they outscored the Golden Eagles 19-11 in the fourth to put the game away.
Wallowa (8-7 overall, 3-1 OOL) hosts Griswold Friday.
Cove 35, Adrian 24: Kierra Moore scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the third quarter Saturday to help the Leopards pull away for a nonleague home win.
The teams were tied at 13-13 at halftime before Cove took off in the third. Moore had five field goals in the quarter, and the Leopards also got five points in the period from Elli Hines-Dunlap to take a 29-17 lead after three, then closed out the win in the fourth.
Hines-Dunlap added nine points for Cove (7-6 overall), which visits Imbler Friday.
Both of Joseph’s weekend basketball games were canceled due to a fire Thursday at the charter school that damaged the gym and equipment used by both basketball teams.
The Eagles (8-5 overall, 1-0 Old Oregon League) play at Powder Valley Friday.
Powder Valley (6-6 overall, 2-1 Old Oregon League) had its Saturday game at Pine Eagle rescheduled to Monday.