1A district teams light up nets

Prairie City's Ariel Winegar (No. 15) attempts a shot from just outside the paint ahead of the defensive efforts of Burnt River's David Siddoway (No. 20). Winegar scored 13 points in the Panthers' 62-54 victory over the Bulls in the opening round of the District 4-1A playoffs at Baker High School on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The Eagle/TIM ADAMS

Prairie City def. Burnt River 62-54

BAKER CITY - The opening round game of the District 4-1A tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 19, between the Prairie City and Burnt River boys basketball teams was evenly-played for the first half of action.

The Panthers took a 21-13 lead after the first quarter of action, only to have the Bulls turn the tables in the second period scoring 21 points of their own while holding Prairie City to 13, to tie the score 34-34 going into the halftime break.

However in the third quarter, Prairie City out-scored Burnt River 12-11 to take a one-point lead, and put up an additional 16 points in the fourth quarter to come away with a 62-54 victory and advance to the second round of the tournament.

"We got real sloppy in the second quarter, and they were able to come on pretty good," Prairie City coach Gene Mills said. "We gave up so many points of turnovers, but we took care of the ball a lot better in the second half and played a lot better defense."

Ariel Winegar had the hot hand for Prairie City in the first quarter, scoring nine points.

"Ariel did a heck of a job on the Schnetz kid in the second half. We had to back out of our transition game a little bit because we were turning the ball over so much."

Parker Schnetz and Cody Anderson were both instrumental in Burnt River's second-quarter comeback, with Schnetz hitting for nine points and Anderson adding eight, two of which came on three-point baskets.

"The kids gave it everything they had," Burnt River coach Brian Bradford said. "I'm proud of them, win or lose. We kind of came alive in the second quarter, but we ran out of gas at the end. We sputtered a little in the third quarter, and I think we just got tired in the fourth quarter. I thought it was a well-played game by both teams."

The two teams traded baskets and the lead in the third quarter, until Josh Moulton scored with 22 second remaining to put the Panthers in front to stay, 46-45.

Prairie City opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 52-45 lead, and that was the game.

A three-point play by Parker Schnetz with 2:52 remaining put Burnt River within two points, 56-54, but that was as close as the Bulls would get.

Schnetz scored a game-high 20 points for Burnt River, and Anderson had 19.

Prairie City had four players in double figures, led by Moulton's double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Evan Fast also had 14 points, and Winegar added 13. Tyler Waggoner was the fourth Panther in double figures with 12 points.

"We got the first one out of the way; at least we don't have to come back in the morning," Mills said.

Jordan Valley def. Mitchell 63-38

BAKER CITY - A 28-point third quarter blew the game open, and the Jordan Valley boys hammered Mitchell 63-39 in the opening round of the District 4-1A basketball tournament at Baker High School on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The Loggers played a solid first half against the taller Mustangs, trailing 14-10 at the end of the first quarter of action, and 28-23 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Jordan Valley opened things up, taking a 43-31 lead thanks to a 15-point quarter by senior Pat Conro.

Dustin Cloud tried to keep the Loggers in the game scoring six points in the quarter, but the Mustangs two big men, Conro and Shaun Lequerica proved to be too much as Jordan Valley took a 54-33 advantage into the final eight minutes of play.

Things slowed down in the fourth quarter and Jordan Valley was able to tally just seven points, but Mitchell scored just six to finish the game.

Conro paced Jordan Valley with a game-high 23 points. teammate Lequerica added 15 points.

Cloud recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Mitchell.

Monument-Dayville def. Cove 64-52

BAKER CITY - Travis Moore scored a game-high 22 points, including a half-dozen from three-point range, on Thursday, Feb. 20, as Monument-Dayville stunned Cove 64-52 in the opening round of the District 4-1A basketball playoffs.

The Tigers entered the game as the decided underdog having struggled at times during the season, emerging as the No. 3 seed from the TriCo League into the tournament.

However in Thursday's contest, Monument-Dayville was on it's game from the opening tip and took the action right to Cove, which had been the top team in the Old Oregon League for most of the season before losing to Jordan Valley in a playoff game to enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed.

Cove took a 4-1 lead to open the game, but a three-point margin was the most the Leopards would lead by.

Nathaniel Ashley brought the Tigers back scoring seven points in the first quarter and Moore added five to give Monument-Dayville a 16-15 lead, before John Pfel hit 1 of 2 from the charity stripe with 1:22 left in the quarter to tie the score 16-16.

In the second quarter, Moore nailed three three-pointers as Monument-Dayville out-scored Cove 18-10 to take a 34-26 halftime lead.

"Travis shot the ball well from the outside today," Tigers' coach Skip Inscore said. "We moved the ball well and got him the ball where he could get a good look and take the shot, that was just as important. We had a good rotation going and nobody got too tired."

Monument-Dayville opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run to build a 40-26 lead before Cove began to come back.

Justin Marler scored three times from downtown and when Russell Hurst hit a basket with 1:22 remaining in the quarter, Cove had narrowed the lead to 47-41.

Mani Martin scored for Monument-Dayville just before the end of the third quarter, and the Tigers went into the final eight minutes of play with a 49-41 lead.

Carl Peterson scored to open the fourth quarter and Moore followed with another three-pointer, and with 6:15 left in the game the Tiger were up 54-41.

Monument-Dayville kept finding the mark pushing the lead to 64-43 with 1:22 left, and Inscore put in his reserve players for the remainder of the contest.

"The kids played themselves proud today," Inscore said. "It's going to be tough to come back tomorrow night and play whoever we've got, but that's all right. We got this one. This is one of the better games we've played this season, and the best we've ever played in the tournament."

Ashley and Dane Smith were the other two players in double figures for Monument-Dayville with 13 and 10 points respectively.

Josh Pfel scored 14 points and John Pfel added 12 to pace Cove.Consolation SemifinalsBurnt River def. Mitchell 65-57

BAKER CITY - The Burnt River boys basketball team scored a whopping 31 points in the second quarter of the consolation semifinal game of the District 4-1A tournament on Thursday, Feb. 20, but had to hang on in the second half to defeat Mitchell 65-57.

Parker Schnetz lit the net up for the Bulls scoring a game-high 38 points, including 23 in the second quarter alone, and was a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line in the first half.

"I thought it was a well played game by both teams," Burnt River coach Brian Bradford said. "We were up by 21 points at halftime and when you have that big a lead, sometimes it's hard to get the kids to maintain their focus."

After Burnt River built what appeared to be a comfortable lead, Mitchell out-scored the Bulls 36-23 in the second half and cut the lead to just two points in the fourth quarter.

Cody Anderson was the second player in double figures for Burnt River with 13 points.

Mitchell had three players in double figures, led by Erik Lofton with 18 points. Nolan Jones scored 13 points and Herb Paul added 11.Championship semifinalsJordan Valley def. Prairie City 67-45

BAKER CITY - Eight three-point field goals by Jordan Valley's Pat Conro erased any hopes of the Prairie City boys basketball team advancing to the state Class 1A championship tournament as the Mustangs defeated the Panthers 67-45 in the championship semifinal game of the District 4-1A playoffs on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Baker High School gym.

The Panthers went head-to-head against the Mustangs in the opening quarter taking an early 4-0 lead on baskets by Tyler Waggoner and Josh Moulton.

Jordan Valley came back to take an 11-9 lead late in the quarter on a hoop by Pat Anderson, but Evan Fast answered with a basket for the Panthers at the 17-second mark and the first eight minutes of play ended with the score tied 11-11.

Prairie City controlled the boards in the first quarter, and it appeared that the Panthers were going to be able to stay with the Old Oregon League's No. 1 seed.

In the second quarter, Conro began heating up from the outside, reversing Prairie City's fortunes.

The Mustangs' 6-3 senior knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter as Jordan Valley out-scored Prairie City 13-8 to take a 24-19 halftime lead.

"They shot the ball well, and we just couldn't get our offense going," Prairie City coach Gene Mills said. "That Conro kid was so big we couldn't get anyone on him. We shut Lequerica down, but we never expected anything like that from Conro. He really had a day. We didn't do much on offense, and it should have been a lot closer than it was."

In the third period, Jordan Valley began to pull away scoring 23 points while holding Prairie City to 11.

Conro hit three more baskets from long range, Brian Grenke had two and Ryan Mackenzie scored six points as the Mustangs built a 47-30 lead.

Jordan Valley went up by as much as 25 points in the fourth quarter before both coaches emptied the benches and let the reserve players take over for the final five minutes of the game.

Moulton led Prairie City with 23 points, but he was the only Panther player in double figures. Teammate Waggoner scored seven points.

Conro scored a game-high 24 points to lead Jordan Valley. Mackenzie had 16 points and Lequerica pulled down 10 rebounds.

Spray def. Monument-Dayville 49-30

BAKER CITY - Spray held the Monument-Dayville boys basketball team to just nine points in the second half thanks to tough defense, and defeated the Tigers 49-30 in the championship semifinal game of the District 4-1A tournament on Friday, Feb. 21 at Baker High School.

The game marked the third time this season the two TriCo League rivals have faced one another, and Spray has been successful in defeating Monument-Dayville in all three games.

"We said all season long that Spray was the top team in the district and they played like it tonight," Monument-Dayville coach Skip Inscore said. "They have a very good team, but I thought our kids played well against them tonight. We held them to 49 points in the game, and they have been averaging a lot more that during the season."

The Tigers played a strong first quarter against the Eagles, with Dustin Jewell scoring six points and Nathaniel Ashley nailing a shot from three-point range.

Monument-Dayville opened the game with a 4-0 lead before Spray was able to come back and tie the score 10-10 after the first eight minutes of play.

Tyson Davis was a scoring machine for Spray in the second quarter hitting 10 of his game-high 21 points as the Eagles out-scored the Tigers 13-11 to hold a 23-21 halftime lead.

The game went south for the Tigers in the third quarter as Spray went on a 7-0 run to take a 30-212 lead, before Carl Peterson scored for Monument-Dayville at the 4:17 mark.

As things turned out, Peterson's hoop was one of only two which the Tigers were able to hit in the third period.

Spray out-scored Monument-Dayville 11-4 in the third quarter to carry a 34-25 lead into the final eight minutes of the contest.

"They played a tough defensive game against us," Inscore said.

"We got a little flustered. Offensively, they just played a little better than we did. They hit their shots and we didn't. We played pretty well tonight, probably good enough to beat almost anyone else, but not Spray. Spray is tough. They play inside tough, outside tough. We'd go out to take away their three-pointers and then they'd take it inside on us. When we'd try to shut them off inside, they'd hit the three-pointers. I'm proud of my kids. They played hard and we'll just have to bounce back and be ready to play tomorrow night."

Spray put together an 11-0 run midway through the final quarter to stretch the lead to 47-27 with 2:34 left in the game, and both coaches emptied their benches for the final minutes of the contest.

Jewell led Monument-Dayville with eight points and pulled down five rebounds. Cody Riggs scored five points and Carl Peterson had four.

Davis recorded a double-double for Spray with 18 rebounds to go along with his 21 points. Teammate Zach Bruce scored 12 points and Jon Asher along with James Hand added eight points each.

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