Coming off a big 47-34 victory over Pine Eagle on Friday, Feb. 14, the Grant Union girls basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in the Wapiti League with a 50-30 win over Enterprise on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The victory boosted the Lady Pros record to 11-1 in league games and 17-5 overall.
"We definitely control our own destiny now," Grant Union coach Adam Barrett said. "We have road games against Joseph and Imbler remaining on the schedule, and we think we have a good chance of being the Wapiti League champions."
Grant Union def. Enterprise 50-30
JOHN DAY - The stifling Grant Union defense held Enterprise to single digit scoring in every quarter of Saturday's game and forced a total of 25 turnovers.
"We had a tough game against Pine Eagle last night we tried to save as many legs as possible, that's why we didn't do a lot of pressing," Barrett said. "We definitely had a lot of legs tonight, and I challenged my seniors in their final home game. All six of them stepped up and had a great game."
The Pros got off to a fast start going on an 8-0 run to open the game, and built a 14-4 lead after the first quarter of play.
Enterprise battled back in the second quarter cutting the lead to 16-11 on a basket by Chelcee Noland at the 3:35 mark followed by a 1 for 2 effort at the charity stripe by Jessie Morgan, but Lisa Weigum answered with a put-back basket and Brandi Moles hit 1 of 2 from the line for the Lady Pros to push the lead to 19-11.
Grant Union had problems getting its shots to fall in the second quarter and also made some bad passes, but were able to go into halftime with a 24-13 lead.
"Ashley Thunell shut the Nobles kid down in the first half with just two points and then got into foul trouble, so we had to have somebody else on her," Barrett said. "Nobles ended up with 10 points in the game. A couple of weeks ago she had 31 points and she is definitely a kid to contend with. Thunell shut her right down tonight. Amanda Courchesne had a great game running the offense, making good passes and handling the pressure, and our posts are really stepping up. They out-rebounded us tonight which was not surprising. Enterprise was in the position where they needed to get a win."
In the third quarter, the Prospectors went cold from the field scoring only four points as Enterprise cut the lead to 28-21 heading into the final quarter of play.
However in the fourth quarter, the Prospectors exploded for 22 points to put the game away.
Ashley Krausse scored five points in the fourth quarter, one coming on a three-pointer, and Thunell also had a three-pointer and scored five points.
"We have Joseph and Imbler remaining and if we can get a win over Joseph up there on Friday, that will take a lot of the pressure off us," Barrett said.
Thunell scored a game-high 13 points to lead Grant Union. Moles scored nine points, and Krausse, Courchesne and Amy Jones added seven points each.
Lacy Nobles led Enterprise with 10 points.
Grant Union def. Pine Eagle 47-34
HALFWAY - Once again, the Grant Union girls went into a game with a good scouting report and came away with a 47-34 victory over Pine Eagle on Friday, Feb. 14, to avenge an earlier-season defeat knock the Spartans out of first place in the Wapiti League.
"We had a pretty good scouting report on them again," Barrett said. "We worked on Pine Eagle stuff this whole week (in practice). They knocked off Imbler the week before, so going into that game we were both tied at 9-1 and we knew if we wanted to contend for the league title we were going to have to go through them at their place."
The Lady Pros went right to work in the first quarter opening up a 15-7 lead, and out-scored the Spartans 9-6 in the second period to hold a 24-13 halftime advantage.
"We did some changes in some of the things we've done in the past," Barrett said. "We didn't press the entire game trying to save legs for tonight and that paid off. We were still able to play solid defense and Ashley Thunell did a heck of job and held the Carnahan kid to two points. Our posts really stepped up tonight. They were challenging our posts through newspaper articles and some things some of the other coaches in the league (about our post players). So I let my posts know that they thought they were just going to be able to pound it inside on us and have a hay day. Our posts really stepped up and got after them. Tonight was a big win for us. If we can take care of business, we are definitely in position to win the league."
The Prospectors out-scored Pine Eagle 23-21 in the second half to put the game in the book.
Courchesne scored 11 points to lead the Lady Pros. Thunell and Weigum added 10 points each.
Lila Forte scored a game-high 12 points for Pine Eagle.