Girls' basketballBurnt River def. Long Creek 38-25
BURNT RIVER - The Bulls took a 13-7 lead after the first quarter of action on Friday and put another 10 points on the board in the second quarter to hold a 23-13 halftime lead.
Undaunted, the Lady Mountaineers made a run in the third quarter, holding the Lady Bulls to just two points to cut the lead to 26-19 heading into the fourth quarter.
"We were coming back on them in the third quarter but couldn't quite make it all the way," Long Creek coach Marianne Smith said.
Becca Helstowski scored 15 points and teammate Val Bonnanfant and Cassi Ross scored five points each to lead Long Creek. Marianne Bradford scored a game-high 16 points and Abby Bradford had 10 to pace the Lady Bulls.
The Mountaineers are out of the playoff race with a 4-8 league record and a 5-15 overall mark. They close the season on the road this weekend with games against Huntington and Harper.
Long Creek def. Ukiah 32-13
LONG CREEK - Everyone on the team scored at least two points as the Lady Mountaineers rolled over Ukiah 32-13 on Saturday, Feb. 8.
"This game was a lot of fun, and our fans really got into it," Smith said. "This was a good way to end the home season."
Long Creek took a 4-2 lead after the first quarter of play and held the Cougars scoreless in the second period to build a 12-2 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the Lady Mountaineers got their offense rolling, putting 13 points on the board to hold a 25-6 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of action.
Miranda Bennett led the Lady Mountaineers with six points. Karolien Dorsman scored five points, and Joey Vaughan, returning to the lineup after sitting out a number of games with a knee injury, also scored five points, including one from three-point range. Jennifer Lynall, Ross and Helstowski scored four points each.
Madison Corley scored a game-high eight points for Ukiah.
The Lady Mountaineers play at Huntington at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, and close the season out at Harper in with 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Monument-Dayville def. Ukiah 49-33
UKIAH - The Tigers got off to a slow start in the opening quarter, scoring just eight points, as the visiting team fell to Ukiah in a Feb. 7 game.
In the second quarter, Monument-Dayville was a little better on offense, putting 10 points on the board.
Anderson scored 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to pace the Tigers. Ashley had 12 points and also grabbed 13 rebounds.
"Mandy and Tiffnie had a great game and the girls played well as a team," Monument-Dayville coach Jerry Boyer said.
Emma Winkelman scored nine points for the Tigers, and teammate Kayla Cole added six. Madison Corley scored a game-high 17 points to lead Ukiah.
Burnt River def. Monument-Dayville 51-37
DAYVILLE - The Tigers played the Bulls evenly in the first quarter of Saturday's game, before the powerful Burnt River offense took over.
Burnt River scored 13 points in the second quarter while holding Monument-Dayville to just two, and added 17 more in the third period while surrendering eight, to lead 39-19 heading into the fourth quarter.
"Burnt River has a good ball club, and they should do well in the districts," Boyer said. "We were down by 20 points in the fourth quarter and managed to battle back to within 11, but we couldn't get over the hump."
Rebounding proved to be a major factor in Burnt River's victory, as the Bulls out-rebounded the Tigers 34-23.
Cole scored a game-high 17 points for the Tigers, and Ashley had nine.
Burnt River was led by Marianne Bradford with 14 points. Abby Bradford had nine, and Cassie Sullivan, Courtney Schnetz and Jocee Wilson scored seven points each in the Bulls' balanced attack.
"We still have an outside chance of making the district playoffs," Boyer said. "We have to have somebody beat Mitchell, and we have to win both games on the road against Harper and Huntington this weekend."
The Tigers play at Harper on Friday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m., and then square off against Huntington at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.Boys' basketballBurnt River def. Long Creek 62-30
BURNT RIVER - The Bulls had two big quarters in Friday's contest, racing out to a 26-3 lead over the Mountaineers after the first quarter of play.
In the second period, Long Creek out-scored Burnt River 10-9 to trail 35-12 at halftime.
"They had that big first quarter on us, and that was pretty much it," Hixenbaugh said.
In the third quarter, Burnt River put up another 23 points before coach Brian Bradford emptied his bench for the final eight minutes of play.
Long Creek managed to score 13 points in the fourth quarter against the Burnt River reserves.
Max Corley scored 10 points to lead Long Creek. Teammates Ben Corley and Travis Henslee added seven and six points respectively.
Parker Schnetz paced Burnt River with a game-high 25 points. Cody Anderson added 15 points and Bobby Bradford scored 14.
Ukiah def. Long Creek 60-53
LONG CREEK - Long Creek boys' basketball coach James Hixenbaugh said the Mountaineers played their strongest game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 8, against Ukiah.
Ukiah took a 30-18 lead after the first half of play in Saturday's game, but the Mountaineers refused to give in.
After falling behind 15-5 after the first quarter of action against the Cougars, the Mountaineers trimmed the lead to just two points in the fourth quarter.
However, Ukiah was able to go on a late run and pull out a 60-53 victory.
Travis Brown brought Long Creek back in the second half, drilling four three-pointers as the Mountaineers shaved the lead to two points with five minutes left in the final quarter.
"They jumped out to an early lead, and that's what hurt us," Hixenbaugh said. "After that, it was a pretty close game. All of us felt like we had a chance being down by seven points at halftime, and we came out in a press in the second half. It worked pretty well, and we were able to come back before they made a late run and ended up winning. It was a positive thing for the guys, even though we lost."
Brown led Long Creek with 15 points. Max Corley added 10, and Denis Kurylenko had eight.
Duncan McBean and Ralf Gonschorek tied for game-high scoring honors with 16 points each for Ukiah. Jeremy Arbogast added 13 points.
The Mountaineers remained winless on the season at 0-12 in TriCo League games and 0-21 overall.
Long Creek closes out the season with road games against Huntington on Friday, Feb. 15, and Huntington on Saturday, Feb. 15.