Lady Bucks edge Dufur

By Gerry Steele / The Baker City Herald

By Gerry Steele

gsteele@bakercityherald.com

St. Paul rallied from a seven-point second-half deficit to edge Dufur 42-33 in the quarterfinals at the Class 1A state girls basketball tournament Wednesday at Baker High School.

St. Paul meets top-ranked Condon/Wheeler in today's semifinals at 1:30 p.m.

St. Paul (19-11) trailed 24-17 early in the third quarter before mounting its comeback.

Behind four points each from Sara Pierson and Cassidy Merten the Lady Buckaroos took a 28-27 lead with 1:14 left in the third period.

Two Dufur free throws left St. Paul trailing 29-28 entering the final quarter.

Remy Brentano then scored the first five points of the fourth period to lift St. Paul on top for good 33-29.

Dufur managed to pull back within two points, 33-31, with 5:30 left in the game.

But St. Paul answered when Pierson sandwiched a pair of baskets around a free throw from Jessica Wilmes to take a 38-31 cushion.

Piersonled St. Paul with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field.

Brentano added 12 points, and Wilmes 10. Merten added 12 rebuonds.

Alexa Macias led Dufur (21-8) with 12 points.

ST. PAUL (42)

Pierson 7 1-2 15, Wilmes 2 6-9 10, Stone 0 1-3 1, Merten 2 0-0 4, R. Brentano 5 0-0 12, Hernandez, Smith, Ruvalcaba, E. Brentano, Ayala-Varga. Totals 16 8-14 42.

DUFUR (33) -

Harris 1 0-2 2, McDonald 2 1-2 5, Macias 5 2-2 12, Ghramm 1 0-0 3, Darden 4 1-4 9, Ferres, Elam, Gerber, Ellis, Miller 1 0-0 2, Heemsah, DePriest. Totals 14 4-10 33.

St. Paul -7 10 11 14 - 42

Dufur - 8 14 7 4 - 33

Three-point baskets - R. Brentano 2, Ghramm. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - St. Paul 11, Dufur 17. Technicals - none.

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