PENDLETON — On Friday’s Columbia River Conference opener, the Pendleton girls basketball team’s stellar defensive was on display.
In Tuesday’s non-league matchup — when the La Grande Tigers came to town — the Buckaroos were still impressive on defense. But their offense, more specifically senior Maureen Davies, stole the show.
Behind Davies’ team-leading 18 points, the Bucks have reached double digits wins after a 73-50 rout over the Tigers.
“She played with unbelievable effort tonight,” head coach said of Davies’ performance. “And I can tell you right now when you can get that kind of effort out of her and you have Kalan (McGlothan) to go with it and Jaiden (Lemberger) knocking down shots — we’re not one dimensional.”
“That’s the goal, that’s been the goal all year long to not be one dimensional, and Maureen Davies was an absolutely animal tonight and I couldn’t be happier.”
It only took 11 seconds of play and a 3-pointer from Lemberger to light Pendleton’s spark. The Buckaroos (10-6 overall, 1-0 CRC) got out to an early 22-12 lead after the first quarter.
By halftime, Davies already racked up 10 points. She would go on to finish the game with seven rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and one assist. Lemberger hit three of her four total 3-pointers in the first half as well.
McGlothan was making her presence known in the paint, getting four of her seven first-half points from putbacks.
Despite the 40-29 deficit the Tigers (7-10) found themselves in, their second-quarter performance was the best of the night. Seven players chipped in for La Grande’s 17 points in the period, four of whom knocked down 3-pointers. But Pendleton followed every one of their 3-pointers with buckets of their own and the shots did not stop dropping.
The Bucks went on an 13-2 run in the third quarter to eventually push their lead to 55-37 going into the final eight minutes of play.
With tensions rising on the La Grande bench, head coach Justin McKay was given a technical early in the fourth quarter. The Tiger’s top scorer, freshman Camryn Collman, scored seven of La Grande’s final points and finished with 21 in the game.
“They have a player that’s really good and she’s only a freshman,” Porter said of Collman. “She’s going cause people fits for a long time but one player can’t beat five.”
“I liked our defense,” Porter added. “We had a little different scheme tonight than we normally would have, and we ran multiple different looks at them. We’re fine with (Collman) scoring — we scored 73. That’s all part of the game plan.”
For the Bucks, the win comes a week after a loss to Baker that broke their seven-game winning streak.
Pendleton now turns back to league play and hopes to defend its CRC title, and to do so injury free which hasn’t also been the case this year. Most notably, McGlothan sat out the first month of the season due to injury.
“It scares me to death that somebody might get hurt and that I might lose somebody for league play,” Porter said of a non-league contest in the middle of league games. “The sad reality is that there can be a gap in our schedule this time in our league play so we’ve had non-league game in there the last couple of years.”
The Bucks came out of Tuesday’s contest scot free and will now get to the brunt of their CRC schedule.
Up first, a road trip to The Dalles on Friday.
LGHS 12 17 8 13 — 50
PHS 22 18 15 18 — 73
LA GRANDE — C. Collman 21, J. Howton 6, L. Rinker 5, D. Lester 5, J. Reagan 4, E. Dunlap 3, L. Gomez 3, A. Chamberlain 2.
PENDLETON — M. Davies 18, J. Lemberger 14, K. McGlothan 14, J. Wilson 9, K. Bradt 6, H. Kiele 4, H. Porter 3, R. Genter 3, U. Guerrero 2.
3-pointers — LGHS 7, PHS 8. Free throws — LGHS 7-15, PHS 7-17. Fouls — LGHS 14 (Dunlap fouled out), PHS 19.