Top-ranked Badgers have to rally for win

By GERRY STEELE Baker City Herald March 04, 2009 09:59 pm
Crane, Mohawk and Days Creek  also win to advance to the boys semifinals

Powder Valley’s Trenton Dixon goes up for a basket in front of Columbia Christian’s Mathew Whiddon Wednesday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
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.

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.

Powder Valley meets Crane in semifinal action Friday at 3:15 p.m. Mohawk plays Days Creek at 8:15 p.m. in the other semifinal.

St. Paul played Columbia Christian in consolation action this morning. South Wasco County played Portland Lutheran in today’s other consolation game.


Badgers rally in second half

Powder Valley outscored the Knights 42-20 after halftime.

Sophomore guard Trenton Dixon provided the biggest spark for the Badgers, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the second half. He added 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal in the second 16 minutes.

Columbia Christian rode 10 points from center Colby Worrell to take a 25-15 halftime lead.

Worrell added a free throw and Braden Mueller a three-point basket to boost the Knights’ lead to 29-15 a minute into the second half.

Then Powder Valley woke up. The Badgers went on a 22-4 tear to take a 37-33 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Dixon led the way with eight points. Justin Allen added five, Jordan Pratt four, Anthony Massingale three and Casey Wendt two.

Allen’s baseline jumper with 1:15 left in the third quarter gave Powder its first lead of the afternoon at 34-33.

A three-point play by Dixon and another Pratt hoop boosted Powder up 42-33 with 6:44 left in the game.

Then, after Columbia Christian stayed within 44-37, Dixon scored on a layin, and Allen popped out to the tip of the key for another three-pointer and a 49-37 Badger lead with 4:19 left.

Columbia Christian could get no closer than eight points after that.

Worrell scored six points, and Mueller five as the Knights forged an 11-5 lead after one period.

Mathew Whiddon then scored eight points in the second quarter to lead Columbia Christian to its 10-point halftime edge.

Dixon finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds to top Powder Valley. Allen added 16 points.

Worrell topped Columbia Christian with 15 points.


Columbia Christian    11    14    8               12 — 45

Powder Valley    5    10    22               20 — 57

Columbia Christian (45) — Endresen, Mueller 4 2-2 12, J. Stefan 2 0-0 4, Whiddon 4 0-0 10, Worrell 7 1-6 15, Poole, R. Stefan, Alcatraz, McDonald 1 2-2 4. Totals 18 5-10 45.

Powder Valley (57) — Dixon 9 5-9 23, J. Allen 5 5-5 16, Wendt 2 0-1 4, Massingale 2 1-1 6, Pratt 4 0-2 8, G. Kandle, B. Kandle, Reed, L. Allen, Brown, Colton. Totals 22 11-18 57.

 Three-point goals — Mueller 2, Whiddon 2, J. Allen, Massingale. Fouled out — Whiddon. Total fouls — Columbia Christian 15, Powder Valley 13. Technicals — none.


St. Paul’s Greg Rosa looked for a teammate to pass to around the high-flying defense of Crane’s Ray Thompson. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Second period lifts Crane

Third-ranked Crane outscored St. Paul 12-5 in the second quarter to pull away in the day’s first game.

Ryan Pierson scored eight of his 17 points in the first quarter to help St. Paul maintain an early lead.

Then with the Buckaroos up 14-11, Crane’s Jordan Conaway, Ray Thompson and Blake Steeves hit consecutive baskets to lift Crane up 17-14 at the break.

Crane then went on a 10-2 run in the second period to build its lead to 29-16. Conaway and Dallen Davies each tallied four points to lead the way.

Crane led 29-19 at halftime.

A pair of three-pointers by Daley Smith, and another by Jeff Annen helped St. Paul get back to within 39-32 with about three minutes left in the third quarter.

But five points from Conaway and four from Ryan Opie helped give Crane a 50-38 cushion at the end of the quarter.

Crane then outscored the Buckaroos 20-12 in the final period to win going away.

Conaway finished with 30 points and nine rebounds for the Mustangs.

Pierson topped St. Paul with 17 points and three steals.


Crane    17    12    21               20 — 70

St. Paul    14    5    19               12 — 50

Crane (70) — Je. Conaway 3 2-3 9, Thompson 1 2-2 4, Davies 3 2-2 8, Jo. Conaway 14 0-0 30, Henricks 2 2-2 6, Opie 2 2-3 6, Miller 1 0-0 2, Steeves 1 3-4 5. Totals 27 13-16 70.

St. Paul (50) — Annen 3 0-0 7, Brown 2 5-8 9, D. Smith 3 0-2 8, Pierson 6 4-6 17, Rosa 2 2-5 6, Kelly 1 0-0 3, A. Smith. Totals 17 11-21 50.

Three-point goals — Je. Conaway, Jo. Conaway 2, Annen, D. Smith 2, Pierson, Kelly. Fouled out — Thompson, Rosa. Total fouls — Crane 16, St. Paul 16. Technicals — none.

Mohawk erupts in second half

Defending champion Mohawk exploded for 36 points in the third quarter to erase a 34-34 halftime deadlock.

Anthony Wallace led the way with 13 of his 20 points in the quarter. Aaron Mason added 12 points on four three-point baskets, and Cord Wilkins chipped in eight points.

Mohawk led 70-57 entering the fourth quarter.

Wilkins led the Indians with  24 points and nine rebounds. Wallace added 20 points, C.J. Vian 16 points and Mason 15 points.

Stephen Larlee topped South Wasco with 28 points. Dagan Putrzenski added 17 points, and Casey Johnson 12.


Mohawk    16    18    36               16 — 86

South Wasco Co.    12    22    23               15 — 72

Mohawk (86) — Wallace 9 2-5 20, Vian 7 1-3 16, Wilkins 7 10-12 24, Osburn 0 1-4 1, Mason 5 0-0 15, Jordan, Lance, Tuyls 1 4-4 6, D. Johnson 1 0-0 2, Hanes 1 0-0 2, Berry, Chaney. Totals 31 18-28 86.

South Wasco County (72) — Duling 2 0-0 5, Putrzenski 6 2-2 17, Larlee 10 5-7 28, Co. Johnson 3 0-0 6, Ca. Johnson 6 0-0 12, Weyand, McDonald, Randall, Hayes 1 0-0 2, Hernandez 0 2-2 2. Totals 28 9-11 72.

Three-point goals — Vian, Mason 5, Duling, Putrzenski 3, Larlee 3. Fouled out — Co. Johnson, Ca. Johnson. Total fouls — Mohawk 12, South Wasco Co. 18. Technicals — none.


Fourth quarter lifts Days Creek

Tied 37-37 after three quarters, Days Creek outscored Portland Lutheran 20-11 in the fourth quarter to advance.

Bryar Zimmerman scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Tyler Hays added five of his 12 in the period.

Nathan Stein and Elliot Taylor each scored 12 points for Portland Lutheran.

 

Days Creek    15    8    14               20 — 57

Portland Lutheran    12    9    16              11 — 48

Days Creek (57) — Hays 3 6-10 12, Zimmerman 11 3-6 26, Fuller 0 3-4 3, Ormond 1 0-0 2, Dunn 4 0-0 8, Jansen, Walters 2 1-2 6, Muir, Kovachy, Premo, O’Sullivan. Totals 21 13-22 57.

Portland Lutheran (48) — Araya 3 3-3 10, Jampsa 1 0-0 3, Brandt 2 0-0 4, Stein 5 2-2 12, Taylor 6 0-0 12, Richardson 3 0-0 7, Morris, Kim, Unfried. Totals 20 5-5 48.

Three-point goals — Zimmerman, Walters, Araya, Jampsa, Richardson. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Days Creek 7, Portland Lutheran 17. Technicals — none.