Baker girls turn back Pioneers, play Ontario in playoff tonight

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

By Gerry Steele

Baker was its own worst enemy Tuesday in a first-round Greater Oregon League district girls basketball playoff game against Mac-Hi.

The Bulldogs missed close to a dozen layins in the game at BHS but still managed to stop Mac-Hi 34-19. The win sends Baker to the second round of the playoffs at Ontario at 5 p.m. PST tonight.

The winner of tonight's game earns at least a Class 4A play-in berth and the right to play La Grande at La Grande Saturday for the league's top state berth.

"We couldn't have missed any more layins," said Baker coach Jenny Mowe-Joseph of Tuesday's win.

Missing at least a half-dozen shots from in close, Baker trailed 6-5 after one quarter.

Then, trailing 9-8 midway through the second period, the Bulldogs righted the ship.

Baker closed out the first half on a 7-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 15-9 halftime cushion.

"That gave us some breathing room," Mowe-Joseph said.

Brie Sand then scored six of her 10 points in the third period and Baker increased its lead to 26-13.

Michelle Freese then chipped in five fourth-quarter points to help put the game away.

Sand and Freese combined for 13 second-half points.

"Brie and Michelle have really stepped up their games over the last four or five games," Mowe-Joseph said.

"They feed well off of each other."

MAC-HI (19)

Riedel 0 0-1 0, Correa, Fite 3 0-0 6, Rhoads 1 0-0 2, Carlson 2 1-3 5, Figueroa, Carter 0 1-6 1, Erb, Wells 0 4-6 4, Tveidt 0 1-3 1. Totals 6 7-18 19.

BAKER (34) -

Brown 2 0-0 5, Phillips 1 1-2 3, Huggins 1 0- 02, Sand 4 2-4 10, Lemmon 1 1-2 3, Tatlock 1 0-0 2, Bruce, Freese 3 2-4 8, Bachman 0 1-1 1. Totals 13 7-13 34.

Mac-Hi -6346 - 19

Baker -5 10 118 - 34

Three-point baskets -Brown.Fouled out -Lemmon.Total fouls -Mac-Hi 17, Baker 20.Technicals -none.

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