Joseph’s Nicke Parks waited until the very last seconds to score the most important of her 22 points Saturday. Parks hit a baseline jumper with just two seconds left in the game to send the Eagles to their second consecutive Class 1A state girls basketball title.
MURPHY — Baker controlled play for almost 30 of 32 minutes Friday against Hidden Valley. But it was those other two minutes that spelled doom for the Bulldogs.
Hidden Valley overcame a 6-point Baker lead in the final 2:38 to beat the Bulldogs 53-50 in the second round of the Class 4A state boys basketball playoffs. The loss ended Baker’s season at 18-8.
The Days Creek boys and Southwest Christian girls claimed the third-place trophies Saturday at the Class 1A state basketball tournaments at Baker High School.
Top-ranked Eagles overcome cold first half to win in overtime
Entering Thursday’s Class 1A state girls quarterfinal Joseph and Crane were ranked one and two in the latest poll.
Top-ranked Joseph, the defending 1A champion, had all it could
handle from second-ranked Crane before pulling out a 49-44 overtime win
in the Baker High School gym.
Joseph’s Paige Bailey, the Old Oregon League player of the year,
drained a three-point basket with two seconds remaining in regulation
to tie the game at 40-40 and set up the extra period.
Country Christian, Imbler and Southwest Christian joined Joseph as
quarterfinal winners at the Class 1A state girls basketball tournament
Thursday at Baker High School.
Country Christian defeated Hosanna Christian 31-27. Imbler topped Adrian 63-50. Southwest Christian defeated Griswold 38-28.
Portland Lutheran and Columbia Christian advanced to the boys consolation final Thursday.
Portland Lutheran defeated South Wasco County 55-50 and Columbia
Christian topped St. Paul 60-21 in consolation semifinals at Baker High
Crane, Mohawk and Days Creek also win to advance to the boys semifinals
Sometimes being No. 1 is more harmful than good. Powder Valley
almost found that out Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Class
1A state boys basketball tournament.
Powder Valley’s Trenton Dixon goes up for a basket in front of Columbia Christian’s Mathew Whiddon Wednesday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The top-ranked Badgers trailed by 10 points at halftime before
rallying for a 57-45 win over Columbia Christian at Baker High School.
In the other quarterfinal games Wednesday, Crane defeated St. Paul
70-50, Mohawk topped South Wasco County 86-72 and Days Creek stopped
Portland Lutheran 57-48.
Blankenship, Richardson lead four Bulldogs in double figures in 77-68 win
Baker picked a great time to play one of its best all-around
basketball games of the season Tuesday evening at BHS. The Bulldogs
kicked their overall game up a notch and stopped North Bend 77-68 in
the first round of the Class 4A state boys basketball playoffs.
Baker guard Jesse Brown found himself surrounded by North Bend players Jake Lucero, Sam Lynass (12) Trae Collins (33), and, in back, Sean Jany. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
“The kids had a good week of practice,” said Baker coach Craig Woods.
“With the junior varsity kids we brought up it allowed our regular
seven or eight guys to practice as a unit more than we have all season.
That was probably one of the factors tonight.”
Four of the five Baker wrestlers competing at the Class 4A state tournament placed in their weight divisions Saturday.
“Our Fantastic Four, all the guys who returned from last year, placed,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.
“Everybody did well. They all went deep into the semifinals. I’m really proud of them. It was a nice way to end the year.”
Baker will host North Bend Tuesday in the first round of the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs.
Baker (17-7) enters the game as the Greater Oregon League runnerup.
North Bend (12-12) enters the playoffs as the Far West League
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