Panther girls defeat Adrian 63-45

Danielle Smith of Prairie City tries to inbound to Brittany Reid (No. 30) as Wallowa's Amanda Wilson (No. 35) and Lynique Oveson (No. 23) provide defense in a 52-21 victory for the visiting Cougars on Friday. The Eagle/TIM ADAMS

Wallowa def. Prairie City 52-21

PRAIRIE CITY - A powerful Wallowa girls basketball team held Prairie City to single-digit scoring in every quarter in an Old Oregon League basketball game on Friday, Feb. 14, en route to a 52-21 victory over the Panthers.

The loss kept Prairie City winless in league games at 0-11 and 4-14 overall.

The Panthers were able to hang in against the taller Cougars in the first quarter of action and trailed 12-7 after the opening eight minutes of play.

Wallowa opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run to take an 18-7 lead, and after that it was all downhill for the Panthers.

The Cougars stayed hot from the field for the remainder of the second quarter and went on to build a 23-11 halftime advantage.

In the third period Prairie City again managed to score just four points, as the Cougars continued to dominate the rebounding at both ends of the court.

Wallowa put an additional 14 points on the board in the third period to take a commanding 37-15 lead into the final quarter of play.

The Cougars continued to roll in the fourth quarter scoring 15 points while holding the Panthers to six, to put the game in the win column.

Wallowa had three players in double figures led by Lynique Oveson and Amanda Wilson who tied for game-high scoring honors with 12 points apiece. Teammate Sara Bonberger added 10 points.

Brittany Reid led Prairie City with 10 points, and Cherise Ricco had five.

Prairie City def. Adrian 63-45

PRAIRIE CITY - The Lady Panthers saved their best for last defeating Adrian 63-45 on Saturday to pick up their first Old Oregon League victory of the year in the final game of the 2002-03 season.

Prairie City's season ended with a 1-11 record in the OOL and 5-14 overall.

"It was good that the girls got their first win in the last game of the year," Prairie City coach Gene Mills said. "The kids have improved a lot over the year, we're just in a really tough league. The kids have made a lot of progress this season and I like their floor game. We just have a tough time scoring points."

The game was close for the first three quarters until the Lady Panthers exploded for 25 points in the final period to win going away.

Lindy Black lit up the net with 11 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 23 points.

"Lindy and Brittany Reid played really well even though Brittany scored just six points," Mills said.

Kayla Reid was the second player in double figures for Prairie City with 10 points. Eve Denton scored eight points and Amanda Rockhill added seven.

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