The Grant Union Prospector girls started last week on a positive note with a 44-43 win over the Crane Mustangs Dec. 11 in their first home game of the season.

Though the Prospectors stayed ahead for most of Friday’s game against the Burns Hilanders, Grant Union lost ground in the fourth quarter to fall 52-43.

It was Grant Union’s second look at Burns, and they’d hoped for a turn-around from their first meeting Nov. 28 when they lost 58-47.

The Prospectors made it a close game through the third quarter Friday.

Grant Union was ahead 8-2 in the first quarter, and the teams were tied 19-19 at halftime.

Burns gained ground in the third, outshooting the Prospectors again for a 35-31 lead.

Hilander sophomores Allie Hueckman and Aundraya Ceja combined for 14 points in the fourth to help Burns get the win.

Hueckman led both teams with 23 points in the game.

Several Prospectors scored with senior Kaylee Wright contributing a team-high 11 points, followed by seniors Madi McKrola with 10 and Hailie Wright with 8.

Grant Union head coach Kristi Moore said it was the most physical game they’ve played this season.

She said her team needs to work on composure and finding the balance between offense and defense.

While it wasn’t the outcome they were going for, “they played hard and never gave up,” she said.

“We have to continue to work on executing what we do,” Moore said.

Grant Union will compete in their first league game of the season on the road Friday against the Heppner Mustangs, the game starting at 7:30 p.m.

This year the Grant Union boys will play all league games first, followed by the girls, and nonleague games will start with the Grant Union girls, followed by the boys.

Grant Union stats vs. Burns

Kaylee Wright: 11

Madi McKrola: 10

Hailie Wright: 8

Katlyn Wells: 5

Marissa Smith: 4

Makenna Culley: 3

Alcie Moore: 2

Angel Carpenter is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. She can be contacted at angel@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

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