Bulldogs defeat La Grande to stay perfect in the GOL

S. John Collins / Baker City HeraldIsabella Nemec scored 11 points to help her teammates beat La Grande Friday night at Baker High School.

Baker completed the first half of the Greater Oregon League girls basketball season with a perfect 3-0 record Friday after handing La Grande a 52-39 loss at BHS.

La Grande kept the game close in the first half, trailing just 30-25 at halftime.

“We had to make some adjustments at halftime,” said Baker coach Mat Sand. “Averi Elms, Anna Carter, and others off the bench did a great job of doing what they were asked to do.”

Baker’s defense shut the door on La Grande in the third quarter, outscoring the Tigers 12-4 to build a 42-29 edge at the break.

“These kinds of games help prepare us for meeting our goals,” Sand said.

Sydney Younger led three Bulldogs in double figures with 17 points. Rose Gwillim added 15 points and Isabella Nemec 11.

Baker (17-1 overall and 3-0 in the GOL) has just three games remaining in the regular season.

The Bulldogs travel to Mac-Hi Saturday, host Ontario Feb. 1 and visit La Grande Feb. 8 before beginning the GOL playoffs.

LA GRANDE (39)

Howton 3 0-0 7, Collman 4 4-4 12, Gomes, Rinker 1 2-2 4, Chamberlain, Williams 1 0-2 2, Dunlap 1 0-0 2, Neer 3 0-0 6, Reagan 3 0-0 6. Totals 16 6-8 39.

BAKER (52) -

Elms 0 1-2 1, Younger 8 0-0 17, Ramos 1 2-4 5, Carter 1 0-0 3, Calaway, Nemec 4 2-2 11, Benson, Gwillim 7 1-1 15. Totals 21 6-9 52.

La Grande -13 12 4 10 — 39

Baker - 15 15 12 10 — 52

Three-point baskets — Howton, Younger, Ramos, Carter, Nemec. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — La Grande 14, Baker 11. Technicals — none.

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