Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Brookings-Harbor gave Baker a bit of a tussle in the first half Friday, but Baker rebounded after halftime to post a 73-55 win in the Class 4A state girls basketball playoffs at Baker High School.

The win improves fourth-ranked Baker’s season record to 21-1. The Bulldogs meet fifth-ranked Banks in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament Thursday at 3:15 p.m. at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Friday, Baker led Brookings-Harbor just 30-26 at halftime.

“I ran our full-court press longer than I wanted to and the girls got a little too tired,” said Baker coach Mat Sand.

Then Baker’s running game kicked in in the second half.

“That’s what got us here and that’s what allows us to move forward,” Sand said. “It just shows our maturity. You have to mature in these environments. The girls earned it.”

Baker still led just 36-32 with 5:15 left in the third quarter, but Baker outscored Brookings-Harbor 11-2 during the next two minutes to build a 47-34 edge.

Jayme Ramos was a key cog in the run, scoring nine points, including back-to-back three-pointers.

Baker then outscored the Bruins 22-12 in the final eight minutes.

Sydney Younger scored nine of her team-high 24 points in the period.

Kaeli Flanagan added six of her 22 points in the frame.

Two baskets by Flanagan, and one each by Younger and Ramos gave Baker a quick 8-0 lead in the first quarter.

Younger finished the first quarter with nine points as Baker built a 21-14 advantage.

Ramos finished with 14 points. Rose Gwillim added 10.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (55)

Farner 6 5-7 20, Schofield 1 2-3 4, Fulton 1 0-0 2, Humphrey 5 2-3 12, Leddy 4 0-0 8, Pettus, Alexander 1 0-0 2, Fitzhugh, Holmes 1 0-1 3, Fuentes, Nalls, McCrae 1 2-3 4. Totals 20 11-17 55.

BAKER (73) -

Flanagan 11 0-0 22, Ward, Younger 9 5-5 24, Ramos 5 1-3 14, Davis, E. Carter 1 0-0 3, Gwillim 5 0-1 10. Totals 31 6-9 73.

Brookings-Harbor -14 12 17 12 — 55

Baker -21 9 21 22 — 73

Three-point baskets — Farner 3, Holmes, Younger, Ramos 3, E. Carter. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Brookings-Harbor 14, Baker 16. Technicals — Farner.

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