The Grant Union girls took home the big trophy after defeating Joseph 64-50 at the Columbia River Clash championships.

The Prospectors scored on two turnovers in the first quarter and never relinquished the lead.

“It was a great weekend with an intense run,” said head coach Kristi Moore. “We came in determined to take it all the way, and that’s what we did.”

Seniors Marissa Smith, Madison McKrola and Kaylee Wright combined for 8 points as the first quarter wound down, and senior Hailie Wright hit a half-court 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded for a 22-6 lead.

The Eagles nearly matched the Prospectors, 11-9, in the second, but were still down 33-15 at the half. They came out of the locker room to post 14 points over Grant Union’s 9 in the third and nearly matched them again 22-21 in the fourth, trading scores until the buzzer.

Prospector senior Alcie Moore hit 4 straight points in the final seconds to secure the championship.

“I’m proud of the girls for their intensity after three days of basketball and two nights away from home,” Moore said. “They continued to fight until the very end.”

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


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