The Monument-Dayville boys basketball team split a pair of TriCo League road games against Huntington and Harper over the weekend.
On Friday, Feb. 14, the Tigers lost to Harper 49-44, before rebounding on Saturday, Feb. 15, with a 65-35 victory over Huntington.
With the split, the Tigers finished in third place in the league with a 9-5 record and 12-11 overall and advance to the District 4-1A playoffs in Baker City beginning today.
Jordan Valley faced Cove in a playoff for first place in the Old Oregon League, and Monument-Dayville will play the loser of that game in the opening round of the tournament at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Monument-Dayville coach Skip Inscore said the Tigers didn't move the ball very well on offense against Harper on Friday, and were out-scored in three of the four quarters in the game.
"We shot 23 percent from the field and they went to the foul line 30 times while we went just four," Inscore said. "With statistics like that, you aren't going to win many games. One of the positive things was that we out-rebounded them 35 to 27."
Brad Woosley led the Tigers with 10 points. Nathaniel Ashley scored seven points, and Carl Peterson, Travis Moore and Dane Smith had six points each.
In Saturday's matchup against Huntington, Monument-Dayville played an entirely different game.
Down 12-11 after the first quarter of action, Monument-Dayville held Huntington to a mere four points in the second quarter to take a 28-16 halftime lead.
The Tigers stayed hot from the field in the third quarter putting an additional 21 points on the board to lead 49-23 heading into the final eight minutes of the game.
"We dominated the second and third quarters, turned on the intensity and played real well," Inscore said. "We got them out their zone defense and did real well. We were able to pass the ball, make good cuts and score a lot of points off layins. This was a good way to end the regular season."
Ashley had a big game for the Tigers scoring 16 points. Woosley and Peterson added 10 points each.
"We shot 66 percent from the field in the second half and 51 percent for the game," Inscore said. "Brad had his best rebounding game of the season, and it was good for us to pick up a win heading into the playoffs."
The Monument-Dayville girls basketball team finished the 2002-03 season with a split against TriCo League opponents Harper and Huntington.
On Friday, Harper put together a big second half to record a come-from-behind 48-37 victory over the Tigers. Action on Saturday, Feb. 15, saw Monument-Dayville turn the tables with a 30-point second half to pull out a 40-35 win over Huntington.
The Tigers finished the season out of the district playoff picture with a 6-8 record in league games, and an 8-14 overall mark.
Harper def. Monument-Dayville 48-37
HARPER - Monument-Dayville started Friday's game with a bang, taking a 13-11 lead after the first quarter of play behind seven points from Kayla Cole and four from Mandy Anderson.
In the second period, the Tigers went cold from the field scoring just two points as the Hornets came roaring back to claim a 20-15 halftime lead they never surrendered.
The Tigers battled hard in the third period, but Harper remained hot from the field scoring 15 points to carry a 35-22 lead into the final eight minutes of the game.
"We just couldn't seem to hit our shots in this game," Tigers' coach Jerry Boyer said.
Anderson scored 15 points and Cole had 11 to lead the Tigers.
Kim Clark scored a game-high 22 points and Kari Clark along with Jessica Williams added 10 points apiece for Harper.
Monument-Dayville def. Huntington 40-35
HUNTINGTON - Anderson lit up the scoreboard for Monument-Dayville in Saturday's game against Huntington with a game-high 26 points as the Tigers put together a strong second half to earn a 40-35 victory.
Trailing 12-10 at halftime, the Tigers outscored the Locomotives 15-14 in the third quarter to narrow the lead to a single point, 26-25, heading into the final quarter of action. In the fourth quarter, Monument-Dayville scored another 15 points while holding Huntington to nine, to earn the victory.
"This was a fun year," Boyer said. "Our younger players gained a lot of experience, and I have a good group of girls who will be coming back next season. We had a chance to go to the district playoffs, we just didn't quite make it this year."
Emma Winkelman scored six points and Cole hit for five for the Tigers in the final game of her high school career. Tyla Broom and Stephanie Wilcox scored eight points each for Huntington.