UNITY — Burnt River basketball teams had a busy week in the High Desert League, with three games for both the girls and boys.
Pine-Eagle moved another step closer to securing one of the top two Old Oregon League girls basketball district berths Saturday.
Baker dominated Mac-Hi from start to finish Saturday on the way to a 71-36 win in Greater Oregon League boys basketball play at Milton-Freewater.
Pine-Eagle earned second-place honors Saturday at the Class 1A state wrestling tournament at Crane.
Baker loaded up the bus and took its boys basketball show on the road last weekend, splitting a pair of games.
Playing without leading scorer Derek Blankenship, who was playing
baseball in Arizona, the Bulldogs dropped a 49-46 Greater Oregon League
contest at La Grande Friday. Baker then rebounded to top Fruitland,
Idaho, 53-45 Saturday at Fruitland.
“We learned a lot about ourselves,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “I was proud of the kids. They hustled and played hard.
“We would have liked to get the win at La Grande, but a couple of
bounces just didn’t go our way. I was thinking afterwards that we’re
disappointed but knowing how well the other kids stepped up with Derek
gone was just great basketball. We just have to take the positives from
Baker’s roster looked more like a MASH unit than a girls basketball
team Friday following a 41-33 Greater Oregon League loss at La Grande.
Mackenzie Warner was nursing a sprained wrist, Whitney Phillips a cut mouth and Mackenzie Srack a sprained ankle.
“The game was extremely physical and we didn’t handle that pressure up front very well,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
“We turned the ball over too many times in the first half. We gave up too many opportunities.”
Smith said the Bulldogs finished with more than 30 turnovers in the game.
“We were playing catchup all the time, and we’re not a catchup type
of team. We have to continue to convince ourselves that we can handle
the basketball,” Smith said.
The Bulldogs suffered a major blow when Warner went down in the
second quarter. The Baker senior got tangled up with a La Grande player
and fell on her wrist.
Warner was taken to Grande Ronde Hospital for x-rays. Preliminary reports were that she had broken her wrist.
Powder Valley remains undefeated atop the Old Oregon League boys
basketball standings after sweeping Imbler and Joseph last weekend.
Friday, the Badgers topped Imbler 70-56 at Imbler. Saturday, Powder easily handled Joseph 74-29 at North Powder.
Balance leads win at Imbler
Four Powder Valley players scored in double figures in the win at Imbler.
Peter Colton led the way with 15 points. Trenton Dixon added 14, Levi Allen 13 and Bryson Kandle 10.
“Peter Colton played a heck of a game,” said Powder coach Kyle Dixon. “Everybody got into the game.”
Cold second quarter costly for Baker girls
A cold-shooting offense, and an even colder second quarter spelled
defeat for Baker Tuesday in a non-league girls basketball game against
Baker outscored the Grizzlies in the other three quarters, but fell
16-2 in the second quarter on the way to a 43-31 defeat in the Baker
“We came out in the second half and played better,” said Baker coach
Tim Smith. “But we had a bunch of turnovers in the first half and
didn’t take care of the basketball.
“We just need to take care of the ball better,” Smith said. “We’re
not where we need to be at this time of the season. And, offensively,
we need to find a way to score more.”
The 12th running of the Elkhorn Classic happened Sunday morning at
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, with a classic cross country ski race
and a snowshoe race.
“With all the talk about the snowshoe race that was going on among
the snowshoeing crowd that came to the Nordic Center, in the week
leading up to the race I expected to see more than two sign up,” said
Brian Vegter, ALMR marketing director. “Either way they had a great
time and it was a really close race.”
Josh Cobb, 28, of Haines, won in a time of 40:44.46 followed closely
by Mike McInnis, 60, of La Grande in a time of 41:00.45. The snowshoe
course was a 7km out and back following the Black Lake Trail.
Pine-Eagle opened its Old Oregon League girls basketball season with a weekend sweep of Powder Valley and Joseph last weekend at Halfway.
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