SISTERS - The Dayville girls basketball team got a little revenge last Saturday.
Dayville players Amanda King, Denise Woosley and Elizabeth Inscore joined coach Skip Inscore at the Oregon 1A girls all-star game in Sisters last weekend. The local athletes were part of the Old Oregon/High Desert League All-Star team. They beat the Valley 10/Big Sky team Friday to earn a spot in the first-place game Saturday.
The Dayville players faced the Casco/Mountain West team in the title game. The matchup proved fateful because the Casco/Mountain West team was coached by Lowell's coach Caitlin McLean and included players from her team.
Lowell has knocked Dayville out of the Oregon School Activities Association playoffs for two consecutive years. However, the Old Oregon/High Desert team got the best of McLean's team Saturday winning 30-28.
Inscore said the entire game was a battle.
"It was definitely a defensive struggle during the game," Inscore said. "Elizabeth played strong outside, and Amanda and Denise did well in the post. Their guards didn't get inside often and when they did our post held them back. They didn't really ever get their offense going."
Inscore was the assistant coach for the all-star team and focused on defense while Lance Holman of Joseph coached the offense. The two coaches brought the team together for a team camp in Joseph June 23 to 25. They then attended the United States Basketball Academy June 26 in Blue River. The girls worked on skills and competed in 3-on-3 games during the academy.
"It was a great learning experience for the girls," Inscore said.
He also expressed gratitude for the people of Dayville, Mt. Vernon and John Day who helped the girls out, noting that "$1,200 was a lot of money for a small community to raise to help send them to the camp."
Woosley, Inscore and King all graduated from the Dayville School this year. The all-star game marks their final appearance as high school athletes.
"The whole thing was a lot of fun," Inscore said. "It was a great way for the girls to end their high school basketball careers."