Pine-Eagle extended its girls basketball winning streak to five games and remained a game behind Powder Valley in the Old Oregon League standings after sweeping a pair of league games last weekend.
The Spartans (5-2 in the OOL) traveled to Joseph Friday and handed the E-gals a 46-27 defeat. Pine-Eagle then returned home to defeat Wallowa (also 5-2 in the OOL) 44-37 at Halfway.
Pine-Eagle 46, Joseph 27
Despite leading 12-0 after one quarter the Spartans struggled against Joseph.
"We missed 25 points in the first two minutes," said Pine-Eagle coach Roger Gulick.
"Either we kicked the ball out of bounds, let it go hrough our hands, or whatever. It was just one of those evenings."
The Spartans led 19-10 at halftime, then outscored Joseph 27-17 in the second half.
Bri Thatcher led Pine-Eagle with 14 points. Chelsie Gulick added 13, and Jamie Butler nine.
Gulick 13, Terjeson, B. Thatcher 14, Butler 9, Pallan, Carr, M. Thatcher 5, Davis, Simrell 4, Digges 1, Thompson, Saunders. Totals 19 7-16 46.
JOSEPH (27) andshy;
DeLury 4, Doss, Huntington 2, Cooney 3, Gross 2, McClure 6, Nelson 4, Gibson 2, N. Taylor 2, H. Taylor 2. Totals 11 4-11 27.
11 - 46
5 - 27
8 - 37
12 - 44
Joseph andshy; 0
Three-point baskets - Gulick, McClure. Fouled out -none. Total fouls -Pine-Eagle 13, Joseph 12. Techincals -none.
Pine-Eagle 44, Wallowa 37
"This was quite a game," Gulick said.
Wallowa led 18-17 at halftime before Pine-Eagle battled back.
"It was a tough first half, then I switched to a full-court man defense in the second half," Gulick said.
The Spartans coach said the fact that Wallowa was in foul trouble helped.
"Wallowa fought foul trouble all night long," he said.
In particular, Wallowa's big girl Bekka Jamerson.
"We got Jamerson in foul trouble in the first quarter," Gulick said.
Then the Spartans began pounding the ball inside to Thatcher.
"Bri Thatcher had the game of her career," Gulick said. "Jamerson didn't score a bucket until the fourth quarter.
"We just didn't give up those second chance points."
Pine-Eagle took the lead for good on a putback basket from Elise Terjeson. Chelsie Gulick then made three straight steals for six additional points.
Pine-Eagle managed just two field goals in the fourth quarter, but went to the free throw line 18 times in the period.
Pine-Eagle then went to its delay game in the final 3-plus minutes.
"We took the air out of the ball and made them come out and foul us," Gulick said.
Chelsie Gulick finished with 14 points, and Thatcher 12.
Pine-Eagle hosts Imbler Friday before traveling to first-place Powder Valley Saturday.
Sa. Chrisman 3, Johnson, S. Waters 14, Sh. Chrisman 2, Harshfield, Wallace 2, Young, Frei, Allen, B. Shelton 7, M. Waters 5, Blair, Jamerson 4. Totals 14 8-15 37.
PINE-EAGLE (44) andshy;
Gulick 14, Terjeson 2, B. Thatcher 12, Butler 6, Pallan, Carr 4, M. Thatcher 6, Davis, Simrell, Bigges, Thompson, Saunders. Totals 14 16-33 44.
Pine-Eagle andshy; 8
Three-point baskets - S. Waters 2, M. Waters. Fouled out -Jamerson, Shelton, Harshfield. Total fouls -Wallowa 20, Pine-Eagle 16. Techincals -none.