Panther boys claw Badgers for 3-point win in North Powder
The Prairie City Panther boys went on the counterattack in North Powder Thursday, defeating the Powder Valley Badgers 67-64.
It was a turning of the tables, after the Badger boys beat the Panthers in overtime 80-76 Dec. 19 in Prairie City.
The Dec. 19 game was especially sore because the Panthers had a healthy lead through the first half, at one point up by 20.
Panther head coach Sam Workman said this time the Badgers had a 10-point lead early in the game, and by the half Prairie City was trailing by just 1 point.
Workman said it was a good game and his team played a better fourth quarter.
“They took care of the ball better,” he said. “That half-court trap — we practiced for it Wednesday, and we were ready for it on Thursday.”
Syd Holman led with 23 points for the Panthers, followed by Dorran Wilson with 19, Levi Burke with 16 and Lucas McKinley with 9.
“It was good to get back at them at their place,” Burke said. “It was good payback.”
Grant Union girls blaze for comeback in Nyssa
The 2A Grant Union Prospector girls showed resilience after a 47-36 loss to the 4A La Grande Tigers Thursday at the Dec. 21-23 Nyssa Christmas Tournament, bouncing back for two wins.
The Lady Prospectors blasted the 1A Harper Hornets 91-17 on Friday and followed up with a 44-39 victory over the 1A Adrian Antelopes on Saturday.
Grant Union head coach Casey Hallgarth said he didn’t see a single let-down from his team against Harper.
“We came out to play and hit our shots right from the start,” he said. “I am very proud of our team for staying consistent, and everyone got a lot of valuable minutes.”
In a close contest with the Antelopes, Grant Union trailed in the first quarter, 17-14 and was behind 23-22 going into the half.
The Lady Pros sprang out on fire for the third, outshooting the Antelopes 10-2, moving forward for the win.
Hallgarth said the Antelopes were a well-coached and disciplined team. Seven of Adrian’s players scored in the game.
“I also thought our team made some great adjustments when we had to play man-to-man most of the game,” he said. “I’m very proud of the way we are playing and coming together.”
Prospector Madi McKrola hit her stride offensively in Saturday’s game against Adrian, leading the Grant Union girls with 19 points.
Five other Prospectors contributed points for the win, including Kaylee Wright, 10; Hailie Wright, 6 (two 3-point shots); Mariah Wright, 4; Trinity Hutchison, 4; and Whitney McClellan, 1.
Grant Union vs. Adrian
Madi McKrola: 19 points
Kaylee Wright: 10
Hailie Wright: 6
Mariah Wright: 4
Trinity Hutchison: 4
Whitney McClellan: 1
Prospector boys take on tough tournament competition
The Grant Union Prospector boys started off the Dec. 21-23 Nyssa Christmas Tournament with a 71-45 win over the Wilder, Idaho, Wildcats.
Grant Union head coach Kelsy Wright said they started the game blind, not knowing their opponents.
After the Prospectors trailed 17-14 going into the second quarter, Wright said they switched up to a man-to-man defense and “controlled the game after that.” Grant Union led 34-24 at the half.
Wright said Wilder had some excellent shooters, but they couldn’t compete with Grant Union’s height and speed.
The Prospector boys had tougher contests in their remaining games.
Grant Union had a narrow loss to the 3A Nyssa Bulldogs on Friday, 57-52. They fell 76-57 to the 4A La Grande Tigers on Saturday.
“We had some great competition at this tournament, and it helps us get ready for our league,” Wright said. “I was very proud of all the boys and how hard they played.”
He said his team was limited on players due to illness and one for eligibility.
Grant Union has two road games this week. The Prospectors face Weston-McEwen in Athena on Thursday, Jan. 4, the girls playing at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m. They travel to Lakeview on Saturday, Jan. 6, where the girls play at 4 p.m., followed by the boys at 5:30 p.m.
Grant Union vs. Wilder
Wade Reimers: 17 points
Cole Deiter: 14
Duane Stokes: 11
Zack Deiter: 10
Ty McDaniel: 9
Cauy Weaver :4
Kellen Shelley: 4
Jordan Hall: 2
Grant Union vs. Nyssa
Zack Deiter: 20
Cole Deiter: 8
Grant Union vs. La Grande
Zack Deiter: 13
Cole Deiter: 2
Monument/Dayville teams battle at Union tournament
The 1A Monument/Dayville Tiger girls started off last week’s Union Christmas Classic on a positive note with a 47-43 win over 2A Union.
They followed up with two losses including 51-42 to Council, Idaho, and a nail-biter 33-32 contest to Crane.
“Overall, I was happy with our performance from the tournament,” said Tiger head coach Taylor Schmadeka. “We gained a lot of confidence in ourselves.”
Tiger player Kyla Emerson led Monument/Dayville with 24 points in the match against Union.
“We had some foul trouble with four of our five starters fouling out late in the game, but our bench did a good job finishing the game for us with Faythe Schafer leading them,” Schmadeka said. “The second day was a hard battle.”
Schmadeka said Council is a well-coached team with a good point guard, and Danielle Rhoda led the Tigers with 21 points.
League opponent Crane gave Monument/Dayville another tough challenge.
“It was a tough 1-point loss, but I was proud of the girls for battling back,” Schmadeka said. “We only had 5 points in the first half, so they came out fighting in the second half.”
Tiger Aubrey Bowlus brought down several rebounds and played tough defense, the coach said.
“She also hit a 3 late in the Crane game to get us a fighting chance,” Schmadeka said.
The Tiger boys faced tough competition, taking three losses. They fell 66-26 to Union on day one, followed by a 72-35 loss to Cove and a 52-31 loss to Crane.