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PREP ROUNDUP: Rockets snap skid with 20-plus point victory

East Oregonian

Published on January 5, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on January 5, 2018 11:19PM


PILOT ROCK — Back at home after losing its last four games, three of which were on the road, Pilot Rock got back to its winnings ways.

Behind a 20-point performance from senior Bryson Pierce, the Rockets defeated the Imbler Cougars 53-31.

“It was a good win against a (Class 2A) team,” head coach Eric Smidt said. “It’s the first (2A) team we’ve played in weeks.”

The Rockets (7-6) dominated from the start, and got off to an early 18-5 lead after the first quarter. The Cougars (1-11) tried to claw their way back in the second quarter, matching Pilot Rock’s 11-point performance but the Rockets came out of the break and put up 20 points to cement its victory.

Behind Pierce, senior Chris Weinke scored 17 points.

Leading Culver was sophomore Jayce Burnette with 12 points.

Pilot Rock will host Union on Saturday before traveling to Culver next week to open Columbia Basin Conference play. Tipoff for Saturday’s matchup is 5:30 p.m.

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IHS 5 11 5 10 — 31

PR 18 11 20 4 — 53

IMBLER — J. Burnette 12, C. Goodman 7, W. Coston 4, W. McDonald 4, G. Slater 2, W. Whitaker 2.

PILOT ROCK — B. Pierce 20, C. Weinke 17, R. Lankford 6, B. Key 6, L. Thieme 4.

3-pointers — IHS 1, PR 1. Free throws — IHS 10-16, PR 6-16. Fouls — IHS 10, PR 14.

ECHO 53, JOSEPH 49 — At Echo, the Cougars held on for a 53-49 win over Joseph. The efforts were led by junior Devan Craig, who finished with a game-high 20 points.

Echo entered Friday’s game winning only two of its last five matchups. A high-scoring first quarter gave the Cougars (5-9 overall, 2-2 Old Oregon League) an early advantage.

Echo remained in control and led 26-21 at halftime. After the break, the Eagles (6-3, 2-1) tried their hand at a comeback but were never able to caught up to the Cougars.

Freshman Chase Murray led Joseph with 11 points.

Echo will enjoy a very short league break and travel to Stanfield for a 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday.

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JHS 11 10 13 15 — 49

EHS 17 9 11 16 — 53

JOSEPH — Ch. Murray 11, T. Homan 11, Ca. Murray 10, M. Ferre 6, J. Palma 6, K. Kilgore 3, H. Miller 2.

ECHO — D. Craig 20, M. Marcum 18, T. Mulder 4, Z. Gerhke 3, D. Curiel 3, C. White 3, N. Scott 2.

3-pointers — JHS 5, EHS 4. Free throws — JHS 8-14, EHS 9-18. Fouls — JHS 18, EHS 14.

HEPPNER 67, UNION 48 — Heppner hit the road for its first game of the new year. After an extended break, the Mustangs didn’t hesitate to start 2018 with a bang.

Heppner handed Union a 67-48 loss on its home court, and improved to 3-6 on the season.

The Mustangs were led by junior Trent Smith, who scored a game-high 18 points.

For the Bobcats (5-6), freshman Keegan Glenn finished with a team-high 16 points.

Heppner will have one more non-league game before jumping into CBC action. The Mustangs will have a quick turnaround and host Elgin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

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HHS 10 19 23 15 — 67

UHS 14 12 10 12 — 48

HEPPNER — T. Smith 18, T. Carter 11, K. Smith 9, W. Steagall 6, A. Lindsay 6, H. Nichols 4, B. Wolters 4, L. Burright 3, Da. Howard 2, J. McAninch 2, De. Howard 2.

UNION — K. Glenn 16, R. Schoemaker 9, L. Cloutier 8, J. Phillips 7, T. Lantis 4, H. Coon 2, C. Kirkland 2

3-pointers — HHS 6, UHS 4. Free throws — HHS 3-7, UHS 2-6.

Girls basketball

PILOT ROCK 44, IMBLER 34 — The Pilot Rock Rockets were finally back home after two tough road losses, and with their return came a 44-34 victory over Imbler.

The struggling Panthers moved to 3-9 on the season after the 10-point defeat.

“It was a well balanced game,” head coach Dan Deist said.

Senior Kayla Deist led Pilot rock with 10 points. For Imbler, senior Hannah Kilpatrick knocked down a game-high 17 points.

The Rockets (9-5) will host one more game this week, a 4 p.m. matchup on Saturday against Imbler, before opening league play at Culver.

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IHS 6 3 15 10 — 34

PR 12 7 14 11 — 44

IMBLER — H. Kilpatrick 17, C. McGinness 10, S. Combe 3, K. Barry 2, A. McDonald 2.

PILOT ROCK — K. Deist (10), G. Austin 9, S. Weinke 7, R. Oates 7, B. Howland 5, K. Evans 4, L. Brewer 2.

3-pointers — IHS 2, PR 2. Free throws — IHS 16-8, PR 4-6. Fouls — IHS 8, PR 11.

JOSEPH 46, ECHO 43 — Echo was hoping to end its skid as the Cougars wrapped up their three-game homestand Friday. They came close with an 18-point fourth quarter to chip away at their deficit, but the streaking Joseph Eagles held on to the lead to pull off a 46-43 win.

The Eagles (8-2) were led by senior Alexis Sykora, who scored 22 points.

For the Cougars (5-9), senior Marti Huff knocked down 22 points of her own to lead Echo.

Behind Huff, sophomore Rachel McCarty scored 11 — the duo accounted for all but one of Echo’s total points.

Echo will join the boys team in Stanfield on Tuesday to wrap up non-league play.

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JHS 14 8 8 16 — 46

EHS 9 8 8 18 — 43

JOSEPH — A. Sykora 22, S. Albee 12, E. Hite 8, H. Miller 4.

ECHO — M. Huff 22, R. McCarty 11, L. Cox 1.

3-pointers — JHS 2, EHS 3. Free throws — JHS 12-23, EHS 6-19. Fouls — JHS 22 (A. Sykora fouled out), EHS 24 (A. Putname fouled out).

NYSSA 47, RIVERSIDE 35 — Riverside opened league play Friday at Nyssa, where the Bulldogs snapped the Pirates’ six-game winning streak.

It’s only Riverside’s third loss of the season, and the Pirates now sit at 11-3 overall and 0-1 in the Eastern Oregon League.

They will have a chance to turn things around Tuesday when their road trip continues in Irrigon.

For the Bulldogs (7-6, 1-0), they will start a three-game away stretch Jan. 13.

Wrestling

RIVERSIDE — On Friday, Irrigon defeated Riverside 42-30 in a duals meet. In six of the seven bouts the Knights came on the winning side of, each wrestling pinned their opponent anywhere from 0:45 to 4:27.

Irrigon’s Brady Harrington had the fastest win by fall, as he finished off Adolfo Martinez in 45 seconds in the 195-pound weight class.

Tucker McAllister (220) and Kaleb Kendrick (285) followed pinning their respective opponents in 1:27 and 2:54.

Riverside’s Yeidi Ramos (106) and Fernando Ortega (113), along with Andrew Baker (126) and Christian Reyes (132), earned 24 points for the Pirates to give them the advantage.

But Silvestre Vasquez (138), Jose Aguilera (160) and Tanner Mills (182) sealed the victory for the Knights.

Riverside’s Ethan Snyder (145) and Irrigon’s Alex Miranda-Walls (170) won by forfeit.

JOSEPH — At the Jo-Hi tournament, Echo earned three points on the first day of competition. In the 145 weight class Mychael Pointer placed sixth.

Four Cougars are slated to wrestle in Saturday’s quarterfinal bouts: Kyle Ranger (126), Ethan Piercy (132), Kenneth Bevan (195) and Logan Butler (220).



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