Undefeated Dayville/Monument Tiger girls win two at tournament

The Dayville/Monument Tiger girls are 4-0 on the season as they notched a couple more wins Friday and Saturday at the Arlington Snowball Tournament.

The Tigers claimed a 42-39 victory over Klickitat/Glenwood of Washington on Friday, followed by a 39-28 win over Central Christian.

Tiger Kyla Emerson led her team with 14 points and five steals in game one, followed by Faythe Schafer with 11 points and four steals and five assists and Denali Twehues with 11 points and two steals.

Freshman Aubreianna Osborne filled in for junior starter Aubrey Bowlus, who went down with an injury in warmups for the first game.

The Tigers had a 19-16 lead at the half and pulled away from there.

“As a team, we did a great job playing without one of our main posts and starters,” said head coach Taylor Schmadeka. “The team did well handling the ball and limiting turnovers on offense and taking high quality shots while creating turnovers on defense — 20 total — and forcing the other team to take shots that they didn’t want to take.”

He added his team did well with offensive rebounding.

Schafer went down with an injury in the first quarter of game two. Central Christian whittled away at the Tigers’ 10-point lead, and in the third Dayville/Monument was ahead by 1 point.

Schafer re-entered for the fourth, and the team pulled away with the 11-point lead.

Emerson scored a career-high 24 points, landing five 3-pointers in the contest.

The coach said younger players stepped up for their injured teammates. Schmadeka said freshmen Katie Barker and Hallie Rhoda and sophomore transfer student Haylee Collins played well in positions they hadn’t covered before in practice.

“With Faythe out, the offense slowed down a bit, but Denali did a great job bringing the ball up the floor and not creating turnovers” he said. “It was a really good opportunity for some younger players to get some game experience — which you can’t duplicate in practice — while having our older players find some resolve and play tough when a couple of our starters were out.”

Tiger boys have win and loss at tournament

The Dayville/Monument Tiger boys started with a 42-37 win over Klickitat/Glenwood of Washington at the Arlington tournament, followed by a 46-31 loss to Central Christian on Saturday.

Head coach Jeff Schafer said he was pleased with how his team performed throughout the tournament.

“They started out with good motion and built a lead. Then the momentum began to change in the fourth quarter,” he said. “I was so proud of our team for showing resolve and fighting for the win.”

Mark Thomas led the Tigers with 17 points in the first game.

The Tigers had strong competition in Central Christian on Saturday.

The coach said his team looked good in the first half with good ball movement and passes, but things “began to break down in the second half.”

“In the end, they did not come out on top, but I was really proud of their attitude and hustle. Drew (Wilburn) was our leading scorer with 11 points,” Schafer said, adding they’ll continue to work on communication and ball movement.

The Dayville/Monument boys and girls will host their annual Tiger Tournament this week in Dayville.

The Tiger girls will host Mitchell/Spray at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Tigers host Grant Union junior varsity, starting with the girls at 4:30 p.m. and boys at 6 p.m.

Panther boys press for two wins at Condon Christmas Tournament

The Prairie City Panther boys’ height made a difference in their 34-33 win over Condon/Wheeler Saturday at the Condon Christmas Classic.

“Condon/Wheeler had an aggressive defense,” said head coach Sam Workman. “They have some good shooters, and we had to stick to them because if you don’t, they’ll make their shots.”

Leading the scoring for the Panthers were 6-foot-4 senior Levi Burke with 20, 6-foot-2 senior Syd Holman with 18 and 6-foot-5 junior Cole Deiter with 13.

“We’ve got some big guys, and that helps,” Workman said. “We rebounded well.”

He added almost everyone scored in the game.

Prairie City had a 75-43 win over Ione on Friday, and the coach said his younger players were a big part of the contest.

The Panther boys will host Horizon Christian/Hood River at 6 p.m. Friday and Imbler at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Prairie City.

Workman said he expects both games to be competitive. The Panthers have a 4-0 season record.

Prairie City girls fall in two at Condon Christmas Classic

Prairie City Panther girls coach Bo Workman said they were up against tough teams at the Condon Christmas Classic.

The Panthers lost 53-33 to Ione on Friday and 34-33 to Condon/Wheeler on Saturday.

Workman said his team played good defense but “couldn’t get the ball in the basket.”

He said they’re focused on improving transition, which he said will develop over the season.

“We’ve got some work to do,” he said.

The team was also down by two players, one with an injury and another who was sick.

“It hurts us not having them,” he said, adding he hopes they’ll return by the time league play starts.

Prairie City will host Imbler at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Grant Union boys compete at Columbia River Clash

The Grant Union Prospector boys fell in their first battle at the Thursday-Saturday Columbia River Clash with a 67-50 loss to Nixyaawii, a team that competed at the 1A state tournament last year.

The Prospectors had a 53-47 loss to their 3A hosts, the Irrigon Knights, on Friday, and on Saturday they fell 48-45 to Joseph, another strong 1A team.

“Overall, I think we played some tough teams,” said Grant Union head coach Kelsy Wright.

He said they should have won the game against Joseph, but the Eagles took advantage of some key turnovers toward the end of the game.

The Prospectors were preparing this week to face the 1A Crane Mustangs on Tuesday, past press time.

They’ll face cross-county rivals, 3A Burns, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. This will be Grant Union’s second meeting with the Hilanders, and Wright is hopeful for a win this time with a couple key players back.

“We’re looking forward to matching up with them a little better,” Wright said.

“We’re adjusting to each other and starting to look better as a team,” he said. “When we get that down, I think we’ll be a great team.”

Long Creek/Ukiah teams split wins at home

Rebounding helped the Long Creek/Ukiah girls secure a 23-21 win over Mitchell/Spray Dec. 4 in Spray. Amos Studtmann, who co-coaches with TC Conner, said his team “boxed out well and pursued the ball, giving themselves additional opportunities to score” in what was a close game throughout.

He said Brooke Harrison was “challenging the dribble,” and Gladys Johnson and Jenny Kim did well rotating and stopping any layups.

“Our girls did a good job defending from the inside and secured a lot of rebounds and worked together as a team,” he said, adding younger players filled in the gaps for their more experienced players who were either injured or in foul trouble.

The Long Creek/Ukiah boys fell 58-42 to Mitchell/Spray. Studtmann said the boys didn’t rebound well defensively or offensively, and “that played a major part in our loss.”

He said Ben Combs did a great job fighting for the ball on every possession, and James Kreamier made 7 out of 9 free throws.

“Thomas Kreamier did an excellent job containing the point guard,” the coach said.

Long Creek/Ukiah faced Mitchell/Spray on Tuesday, past press time, in Long Creek, and the teams meet up again in Dayville on Saturday with the girls game beginning at 1:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 3 p.m.

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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