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.