BEND — The Pendleton girls basketball team put together a complete team effort to notch their fifth straight win by defeating Wilson on Saturday at the Les Schwab Holiday Hoopfest at Bend High School.
Jaiden Lemberger led the Buckaroos (6-5) with 21 points, while Maureen Davies netted 13 points and 10 rebounds, Hunter Kiele had 11, and Kalan McGlothan had 10 points and a team-high 17 rebounds.
Head coach Kevin Porter also pointed out the efforts of Rylee Gentner, who finished with seven points and seven rebounds, as well as Hallie Porter, who only had two points but led the team with seven assists and four steals.
The Buckaroos built up a large lead in the fourth quarter over the Trojans (4-5), which allowed Porter to play his bench for the entire eight minutes to continue to get experience for the younger players.
Pendleton returns home on Tuesday to play Dallas at 6:30 p.m.
PHS 27 19 16 8 — 72
WHS 20 8 12 21 — 61
PENDLETON — J. Lemberger 21, M. Davies 13, H. Kiele 11, K. McGlothan 10, R. Rentner 7, U. Guerrero 3, C. Cooley 3, S. Spriet 2, H. Porter 2.
WILSON — A. Klas 18, H. Renne 12, L. Scriban 12, C. Stone 8, N. McCleave 3, L. Balthazaar 3, R. Vranka Wafula 3, M. More 2.
3-pointers — PHS 4, WHS 8. Free throws — PHS 10-20, WHS 9-17. Fouls — PHS 15, WHS 17.
HELIX 43, IONE 33 — The Helix Grizzles improved their record to 7-4 after picking up their seventh straight win.
Helix got off to a hot start against Ione, which entered the matchup off its fourth consecutive loss, and did not let up on its way to a 43-33 victory.
Senior Sadie Wilson has been a reliable leader for the Grizzles and led the team Saturday with 15 points. Wilson got some help from fellow senior Kailey Mize, who chipped in 10 points of her own.
Helix will start 2018 on the road, and travel to Cover for a Friday night matchup.
IHS 5 12 2 14 — 33
HHS 10 16 11 6 — 43
HELIX — S. Wilson 15, K. Mize 10, A. Wood 9, A. Krol 4, C. Bennett 2, E. Fehrenbacker 2, H. Christman 1.
3-pointers — IHS 3, HHS 3. Free throws — IHS 6-8, HHS 4-11. Fouls — IHS 14, HHS 9.
WESTON-MCEWEN 61, CONDON/WHEELER 35 — Weston-McEwen will bring in the New Year with a season first.
Led by senior Chelsea Quaempts, the TigerScots won back-to-back games this weekend at the Les Schwab Shootout held at Pendleton Convention Center. They finished their successful outing with a 61-35 win over Condon/Wheeler on Saturday.
Quaempts finished with a game-high 22 points and knocked down the team’s only 3-pointer of the game.
“It was a really good weekend,” head coach Mike Giusti said. “Coming back after a hard fought win was big for us.”
The TigerScots (6-5) will return home for a week of play, first welcoming Grant Union on Thursday.
The Knights (0-10), who have yet to pick up a win, will try their luck again on the road at Mitchell High on Friday.
C/W 8 11 10 6 — 35
W-M 19 16 18 8 — 61
CONDON/WHEELER — A. Rietmann 14, K. Jaeger 7, A. Carnine 7, L. Clark 7.
WESTON/MCEWEN — C. Quaempts 22, A. Finifrock 14, K. Vescio 10, T. Burke 5, T. Hearn 4, K. Graves 4, A. Coffman 2.
3-pointers — C/W 1, W-M 1. Free throws — C/W 6-7, W-M 4-10. Fouls — C/W 10, W-M 7.
SOUTH WASCO COUNTY 57, ECHO 46 — Echo entered Saturday’s matchup coming off two consecutive wins at the Bouncin’ Cancer Tournament, but the Cougars (5-6) couldn’t keep their short streak alive and fell to South Wasco Country 57-46.
Echo will have a chance to get back above .500 when it welcomes Nixyaawii and Joseph on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
EAST LINN CHRISTIAN ACAD. 43, UMATILLA 35 — The Umatilla Vikings struggled throughout the Salem Academy Tournament, and capped off their weekend with yet another loss.
The 43-25 defeat was the third in as many days and the Vikings fall to 3-9 on the season.
Stanfield will take the court again in the new year for a two week homestand, first hosting Stanfield on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
SKYVIEW (WA) 38, HERMISTON 28 — At Lake Oswego, Hermiston left the Nike Interstate Shootout 1-2 after falling to Skyview (WA) on the final day of competition.
The 10-point 38-28 loss was Hermiston’s 10th of the season and the Bulldogs (2-10) will have one more road trip before returning to the Dawg House.
Hermiston will have over a week to prepare for its next matchup at Post Falls (ID). The Bulldogs will make the trip on Jan. 10.
CENTRAL 54, HERMISTON 48 — The Hermiston Bulldogs have a long bus ride back into town as they come off a tough weekend at the Crescent Valley Invitational.
After opening the invite with a 10-point loss to the host school, the Bulldogs (4-5) had yet another slow start that they were never able to fully recover from.
En route to Central’s 54-48 win, the Panthers (7-2) outscored the Dawgs 12-7 in the first quarter.
Hermiston was able to make some offensive adjustments and try for a comeback after scoring in the double-digits the remaining three quarters but its efforts were squandered by poor free throw shooting that could have changed the outcome in the Bulldogs’ favor.
Central used its size to its advantage to beat the Bulldogs in the paint and continue to increase its lead. After the game, head coach Casey Arstein noted that the defense was going to be a priority going forward.
“We didn’t do the best job of getting them out of the paint,” he said.
Size has always been a disadvantage for Hermiston, so along with working on pushing teams to the outside, Arstein wants the team to get better at working together.
“We’re pretty much healthy,” he added, “now we just need to work on working together as a team.”
Hermiston will have only a few days to work out its kinks before the Bulldogs head to AC Davis (WA) on Wednesday.
HHS 7 16 11 14 — 48
CHS 12 15 15 12 — 54
HERMISTON — C. Smith 13, R. Andreason 11, A. Earl 9, A. Mendez 6, J. Ramirez 6, A. James 3.
CENTRAL — B. Lesmeister 15, P. Mendazona 13, J. Cable 7, K. Kantola 6, I. Abraham 6, J. Cantu 4, J. Rodriguez 3.
3-pointers — HHS 7, CHS 2. Free throws — HHS 3-12, CHS 22-43. Fouls — HHS 27 (Andreason, James, Mendez fouled out), CHS 16.
BEND 60, PENDLETON 50 — The Pendleton Buckaroos skid continues as they dropped their final game in the Les Schwab Holiday Oregon Hoopfest 60-50.
Bend fared well in the tournament, as the Lava Bears split their previous two games. The Bucks (5-6) opened with two straight losses and were still unable to find success on Saturday.
Pendleton will hope to bounce back in the new year with a quick tournament to its next game. The Bucks will host The Dalles at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
ECHO 57, SOUTH WASCO COUNTY 36 — Echo finishes the year on a high note with a big 20-plus point victory over South Wasco County.
The Cougars now sit at 5-7 on the season and will enjoy a weekend at home. First on their schedule is Nixyaawii, which is slated to visit on Friday.