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Spartans, Powder win consolation games
By GERRY STEELE
The fourth-place game at the Class 1A state girls basketball game Saturday morning will be a rematch of the District 7-1A championship game at Baker High School.
Old Oregon League foes Powder Valley and Pine-Eagle will square off at 9 a.m. Saturday with fourth place on the line.
Powder Valley has defeated the Spartans three times this season, once in overtime, including the district title game.
Powder Valley reached Saturday's game after topping Harper 49-43 Thursday in the consolation semifinals.
Pine-Eagle rached Saturday's contest after edging Elkton 54-49 Thursday morning.
Badgers rally from behind
Jessi Stephens scored from the left baseline with 3 minutes left in the third period Thursday to give Powder Valley the lead for good at 35-34.
The Badgers then opened the fourth quarter on an 8-1 run — four points by Ali Abrego and two each from Alexandra Colton and Jayde Silbernagel — to build their margin to 43-35 midway through the period.
Harper managed to cut the deficit to four points a couple of times, but was forced to foul to get the ball back.
Powder Valley hit 4 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes to keep Harper at bay.
Harper used the combined nine points from Mackinzee and Whitnee Chandler to take a 15-10 lead after one quarter.
Harper built its largest lead, 23-16, midway through the second period before Powder Valley bounced back.
Four points from Abrego and two each from Colton and McKinsey Hampton brought the Badgers back to a 24-23 lead with 1:27 left in the half.
Powder Valley led 26-25 at halftime.
The teams then traded the lead four times and had one tie in the third period that ended with Powder Valley on top 35-34.
Colton led the Badgers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Abrego added 16 points and nine boards.
Whitnee Chandler led Harper with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Jackie Jordan added 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Mackinzee Chandler 10 points.
POWDER VALLEY (49)
Abrego 7 2-2 16, Feik 1 0-0 2, Hampton 2 0-0 4, Colton 6 7-12 19, Stephens 2 0-0 4, Silbernagel 2 0-2 4. Totals 20 9-16 49.
Jacoby 1 0-0 4, M. Chandler 4 2-2 10, W. Chandler 7 2-6 16, Steinbach 1 0-0 2, Jordan 4 4-8 13, Jackson, Buchanan, Rasmussen. Totals 17 8-16 43.
Powder Valley 10
Three-point baskets — Jordan. Fouled out —none. Total fouls —Powder Valley 14, Harper 14. Technicals —none.
Pine-Eagle also rallies late
Similar to Powder Valley’s comeback, Pine-Eagle rallied at the end of the third quarter to overtake Elkton.
Maddison Thatcher and Chelsie Gulick each hit a pair of free throws in the final 35 seconds of the period to give Pine-Eagle a 38-37 lead at the break.
Elton scored first in the fourth quarter to take its last lead at 39-38. Pine-Eagle’s defense then turned the tide, leading to eight straight Spartan points.
Bri Thatcher hit two baskets, and Maddison Thatcher and Gulick one each to build the Pine-Eagle lead to 46-39 midway through the fourth quarter.
Elkton managed to get back to within 49-47 but then Gulick connected on a three-point basket to boost the margin back to 52-47 with 1:46 left in the game.
Neither team scored another field goal the rest of the way.
Christine Evoniuk scored 11 points in the first quarter to lead Elkton to an 18-15 lead at the break.
Bri Thatcher then scored seven points, and Maddison Thatcher four in the second quarter to help Pine-Eagle forge a 30-26 halftime lead.
Elkton then ooutscored the Spartans 11-4 to start the third period and build a 37-34 lead.
That set the stage for Pine-Eagle’s comeback.
Bri Thatcher led Pine-Eagle with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Gulick added 16 points and five assists, and Maddison Thatcher had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Allyse Doudna led Elkton with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Christine Evoniuk added 13 points.
H. Parker 2 4-7 8, Evoniuk 5 0-0 13, Doudna 4 6-10 14, O’Brien 2 4-4 8, Lopez 1 0-0 2, Wolfe, Whitley, L. Holcomb, Trout 1 0-0 2, M. Holcomb, A. Parker 1 0-0 2, Owings. Totals 16 14-21 49.
Gulick 3 8-10 16, B. Thatcher 9 3-4 22, Butler 1 1-2 3, Carr, M. Thatcher 3 5-7 11, Akers, Terjeson 1 0-0 2, Pallan, Davis, Simrell. Totals 17 17-24 54.
Three-point baskets — Evoniuk 3, Gulick 2, B. Thatcher. Fouled out —H. Parker, Lopez. Total fouls —Elkton 23, Pine-Eagle 17. Technicals —none.