Girls dedicate game to teammate's mother
By GERRY STEELE
Of the Baker City Herald
Teresa Vaughan got to see her daughter Kate play a varsity basketball game for Baker Saturday evening, and it was the first time she has done so in more than a month.
Teresa, wife of Charlie Vaughan of Baker City, has spent the past month in a Spokane, Wash., hospital undergoing treatment for cancer. She was released last week and felt well enough to attend the game seated in a wheelchair near the Baker locker room.
Vaughan missed much of the first quarter of Baker's 76-43 Greater Oregon League victory over Riverside. But once she was at BHS, she stayed until early in the boys game that followed the girls game.
Besides being introduced and welcomed home by the Baker fans, the Bulldog team presented Vaughan with a bouquet of flowers and a hug from each member of the team.
"I think it gave her and the kids a huge lift," said Baker coach Tim Smith. "Our girls knew she was going to be there and they were excited about it."
In the game, baskets by Amber Uriarte and Jackie Owens, and a three-pointer by Danielle Thatcher gave Baker an early 7-0 lead. Then, after a Riverside basket, two baskets by Elizabeth Payton and two points each from Katy Sullivan and Kate Vaughan boosted the Bulldogs up 15-2. Baker (1-1 in the GOL) ended the first quarter leading 23-4.
Another three-pointer by Thatcher and two points each by Jessie Wittich and Katie White to start the second quarter completed a 15-0 Baker run and gave the Bulldogs a 30-4 advantage midway through the second period.
Baker led 38-10 at halftime.
"We came out and played well," Smith said. "We dominated the first half.
"Then at halftime we talked about maintaining our momentum in the second half."
But, Smith noted, that didn't happen. Riverside used an 11-1 run late in the third period to cut Baker's cushion to 53-31 entering the fourth quarter.
"We came out and had a letdown in the third quarter," Smith said. "It's something we talked about. All it is is a mental breakdown."
Smith was pleased, however, with the way the Bulldogs bounced back.
"We came back and took care of business in the fourth quarter," he said.
Baker outscored the Pirates 23-12 in the final eight minutes.
Payton finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in her best game of the season.
"What a great game for Liz," Smith said. "I was pleased to see Liz have a breakout game like that."
White and Wittich also scored a dozen points for the Bulldogs. Owens added eight rebounds, White six, Wittich four and Vaughan four.
Baker shot 56 percent from the field, while holding Riverside to just 40 percent.
"Conditioning was a big issue," Smith said. "We ran hard the whole game."
Baker travels to Ontario Friday before hosting Mac-Hi Saturday.
Riverside 4 6 21 12 43
Baker 23 15 15 23 76
Riverside (43) Colin 2 0-0 4, Haertling 0 2-4 2, Close 1 2-2 5, Sherman 0 1-3 1, Wiser 1 0-0 2, Weseman 2 0-0 4, Burns 3 1-2 9, Omen 7 0-3 14, Padilla 1 0-2 2, Sands. Totals 17 6-16 43.
Baker (76) Thatcher 3 2-6 10, Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Moon 2 0-0 6, Payton 4 4-4 12, Owens 4 0-2 8, Uriarte 3 1-2 8, Richardson, White 5 2-4 12, Vaughan 2 2-2 6, Wittich 5 2-2 12. Totals 25 11-22 76.
Three-point goals Close, Burns 2, Thatcher 2, Moon 2, Uriarte. Fouled out Close. Total fouls Riverside 20, Baker 18. Technicals none.