Burnt River battles Badgers in loss

Burnt River's Marianne Bradford finds the going tough as she tries to drive the ball to the basket against the defense of Powder Valley's Kali Miller. Powder Valley out-scored Burnt River in every quarter of the contest to defeat the Bulls 62-34 in the opening round of the District 4-1A playoffs on Feb. 19.

BAKER CITY - The Burnt River girls basketball team ran up against some stiff competition in two games at the District 4-1A playoffs, losing to Powder Valley 62-34 in the opening round on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and being eliminated from competition on Thursday, Feb. 20, with a 33-32 defeat at the hands of Huntington.

Powder Valley def. Burnt River 62-34

The Lady Bulls took a 5-1 lead in the first quarter against the Badgers on Wednesday, thanks to a hoop by Alison Derrick and a three-point play by Marianne Bradford before Powder Valley got its offense in gear.

The Badgers rallied behind the shooting of Joelle Bain to tie the score at 7-7. After Courtney Schnetz put the Lady Bulls back in front with a basket, Hailee Bingham drilled a three-pointer good for a 10-9 Powder Valley lead they would never surrender.

At the end of the first eight minutes of action, Powder Valley held a 12-9 lead.

Things completely unraveled for the Lady Bulls in the second period as Powder Valley put up 24 points to build a 36-17 halftime advantage.

"They had that big second quarter and that was something we just couldn't recover from," Burnt River coach Tonya Snyder said. "We couldn't get our shots to fall and that was it for us."

The Lady Bulls were 6 for 25 from the field in the first half and shot a dismal 26.1 percent for the game.

In the second period, Bain scored seven points while teammates Bingham and Lacey Lyman each put in a shot from three-point range and scored a total of five points apiece.

In the third quarter, the Lady Bulls tried to rally from the big deficit putting in 11 points, but the Badgers answered with 17 to hold a comfortable 53-28 lead heading into the final quarter of the game.

Bain scored a game-high 22 point to lead the Badgers. Shauna Nelson added 11 and Bingham hit for 10.

Bradford was the only Burnt River player to score in double figures with 12 points.

Huntington def. Burnt River 33-32

The tournament's consolation semifinal game on Thursday between the two TriCo League rivals was a low-scoring affair, with both squads scoring in single digits for the first three quarters of the contest.

Huntington held an 8-6 lead after the first quarter of play, and Burnt River put up nine point in the second period to tie the score 15-15 at halftime.

The Lady Bulls took a 20-17 lead at the 5:41 mark of the third quarter on a basket by Schnetz, but that was the largest lead Burnt River would hold in the second half.

The Locomotives made a run late in the quarter on free throws, and a 1 of 2 effort by Lindsay Waldrupe with 54 seconds remaining gave Huntington a 24-21 lead at the end of three periods of play.

Tara Andrews scored her first of two three-point shots at the 6:51 mark of the fourth quarter to tie the score, and Bradford added a basket on the Lady Bulls' next possession for a 26-24 lead.

Katrina King answered with a three-pointer to put the Locomotives ahead 27-26, only to have Andrews find the net once again from long range to give Burnt River the lead once again, 29-27.

The two teams traded the lead in the waning moments of the contest and the Locomotives led 31-30 before Bradford hit a pair of free throws with 2:10 left for a 32-31 Burnt River lead.

Waldrupe hit two free throws for Huntington with 1:10 remaining good for a 33-32 Locomotive lead, and that was the last point scored in the game.

Burnt River had a chance to pull the win out with three seconds showing on the clock, but Schnetz couldn't connect on a pair of charity shots and Huntington held on for the victory.

Bradford had 12 point to lead Burnt River, and Andrews scored eight.

Beki Garfield scored a game-high 14 points for Huntington.

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