What a difference two months can make.
The Powder Valley girls basketball team, which earlier in the season was blasted by Jordan Valley by 40 points, turned the tables Tuesday at North Powder in the first round of the 1A state playoffs as they rolled to a 47-31 win over the Mustangs behind the hot shooting of Autumn Davis, who drained seven 3-pointers — six in the first half.
“She was getting some open looks, but she can get really hot, and I’ve seen that numerous times,” head coach Allen Bingham said of Davis’ 3-point prowess as she finished with 22 points and six rebounds. “At district in the title game against Joseph she couldn’t buy one. She was dialed in tonight. Some nights the basket’s really big.”
The Badgers led 10-4 after one, then put the game away with a 20-point second quarter, which Davis ended with a buzzer-beating 3 for a 30-11 lead at the break. The lead reached 22 after three quarters.
“We’re a better team (than we were) by far, and our defense has come a long way,” Bingham said of the difference between Tuesday’s outcome and the Mustangs’ 60-20 win Dec. 21. “We played really good defense.”
Keanna Bingham added 13 points and hit three 3-pointers for the Badgers, and Belle Blair added 10 rebounds and four steals.
The Badgers (15-10 overall) visit North Douglas at 6 p.m. Friday in the second round, with the winner reaching the state tournament in Baker City, which starts March 4.