Powder Valley girls hoops

Powder Valley’s Keanna Bingham scrambles for a loose ball during the District 7-1A championship game Saturday at Baker High School.

Powder Valley rallied in the fourth quarter but the Badgers couldn’t quite overcome an early deficit to Joseph in the girls championship game at the District 7-1A basketball tournament Saturday at Baker High School.

The Eagles won 31-26 to claim the district title.

The Badgers, by virtue of their 42-39 win over Elgin on Friday, had already qualified for the Class 1A state playoffs. Powder Valley will play host to Jordan Valley tonight at 6 p.m. in a first-round game. The teams played earlier this season, with Jordan Valley winning 60-20 on Dec. 21 at the Union Bobcat Classic.

Joseph earned a first-round bye.

In Saturday’s district title game, both teams struggled on offense.

Powder made just 4 of 24 shots in the first half, including 1 of 10 on three-point attempts.

Joseph fared no better from the field, making 3 of 17 shots, but the Eagles were 11 for 12 from the free throw line and led 17-12 at halftime.

Joseph extended its lead to 27-18 after three quarters.

Powder improved its shooting slightly in the second half, at 5 for 22, but the Badgers were again able to make only 1 of 10 three-point shots.

Joseph finished 15 for 16 from the free throw line.

Josi Krieger led Powder with 7 points. McKenzie Leggett added 5 points and Belle Blair 4.

Joseph’s Sabrina Albee led all scorers with 16 points, including 8 for 8 free throws.

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