Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Baker’s offense sputtered for a while in the first half, but some halftime adjustments — and the return of a starter from foul trouble — lifted the Bulldogs to a 53-36 win over La Grande in the Greater Oregon League girls basketball championship game Tuesday night at BHS.

Baker led just 21-19 at halftime and allowed La Grande to tie the game at 21-21 with its first basket of the second half.

Baker then shifted gears.

Sydney Younger, who missed much of the first half after picking up three fouls, exploded for a dozen points in the third quarter as Baker outscored La Grande 21-7 to take a 42-26 lead.

Younger had gone scoreless in her very abbreviated first-half action.

“It took us a while to get going,” Baker coach Mat Sand said. “I keep telling the girls we have to learn to play four quarters.

“We adjusted our defense in the second half and wore La Grande down.”

Sand said Younger’s return in the second half was a key.

“Sydney Younger played really hard in the second half,” he said.

Rose Gwillim scored six points, and Jayme Ramos five as Baker built a 13-8 first-quarter lead.

La Grande then answered behind six points from Ella Dunlap to pull within 21-19 at halftime.

Ramos led Baker with 15 points. Younger added 14 and Gwillim 12.

Baker will open the Class 4A state playoffs in early March at home. The date, time and opponent have not been determined.

LA GRANDE (36)

Collman 2 2-4 7, Gomes, Rinker, Chamberlain 0 2-3 2, Wiggins 2 0-0 4, Williams 2 1-2 5, Dunlap 6 0-0 12, Dahle, Neer 2 0-0 4, Reagan 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 5-9 36.

BAKER (53) -

Elms, Keller 3 0-3 6, Younger 5 3-4 14, Ramos 5 2-2 15, Carter, Nemec 3 0-0 6, Benson, Gwillim 5 2-2 12. Totals 21 7-11 53.

La Grande - 8 11 7 10 — 36

Baker -13 8 21 11 — 53

Three-point baskets — Collman, Younger, Ramos 3. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — La Grande 11, Baker 14. Technicals — none.

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