PILOT ROCK — It was an emotional night in Pilot Rock as the Rockets hosted a doubleheader and took that time to honor the family of Liam Flanagan, an 8-year-old boy who passed away Saturday after an eight-day battle with a rare flesh-eating bacteria.
Students were decked out in camo, and even the visiting Stanfield Tigers paid their respects before the game. In the end, it was a big win for the Rockets, 60-38 over the Tigers, their sixth straight overall.
Seniors Levi Thieme (23 points), Chris Weinke (13), Bryson Pierce (12) and Riley Lankford (10) all scored in double digits. Thieme, Weinke and Pierce also had seven rebounds apiece for the Rockets (13-6 overall, 4-0 Columbia Basin Conference).
The Tigers (8-12, 1-3) were led by junior Elias Esquivel and senior Brody Woods each with 11 points each.
HERMISTON 77, HOOD RIVER VALLEY 74 — At Hood River, Hermiston overcame a sloppy first half in Hood River and defeated the Eagles 77-74 on Friday night.
“We’ll take the win on the road,” head coach Casey Arstein said. “It was a good team effort.”
Junior Ryne Andreason led the Bulldogs (7-9 overall, 2-0 CRC) with 17 points. Sophomore Andrew Earl followed with 15. Junior Cesar Ortiz ended the night with 14, and Ramirez pitched in 12.
The Eagles (5-12, 0-2) opened the game with a 17-10 lead behind one of their top scorers of the night, senior Jonah Tactay — who had six points in the first quarter, and finished with 12 behind junior Carson Flores (18).
Hermiston began to turn things around in the second quarter, scoring 22 points to cut its deficit to 33-32 at the break.
Hood River came out and knocked down 25 third-quarter points, but the Bulldogs responded with 29 of their own in the fourth quarter to take and hold their lead.
WALLOWA 49, HELIX 36 — At Helix, the Grizzles opened the game strong against the visiting Wallowa Cougars.
Helix got off to a 15-9 lead in the first quarter, but then followed it up with a two-point performance in the second to give Wallowa a lead it would never relinquish, and the Cougars (9-10 overall, 4-6 Old Oregon League) took the game 49-36.
The Cougars’ top shooter, junior Christopher Nobles was held scoreless, but they got a big performance out of senior Sam Hilliard, who scored a game-high 28 points.
The Grizzlies (3-16, 2-7) were led by Gavin Newtson with 16 points.
PENDLETON 62, THE DALLES 33 — At The Dalles, all 12 Pendleton Buckaroos saw the floor and all but two scored points as the Buckaroos beat down The Dalles Riverhawks 62-33 on Friday night to stay perfect in league play.
Kalan McGlothan led all scorers with 18 points while adding seven rebounds and Jaiden Lemberger finished with 10 points for the Buckaroos (11-6 overall, 2-0 CRC). Behind them, Maureen Davies had eight points and five rebounds, Katie Bradt had seven points and six rebounds, and Hunter Kiele had a team-high eight rebounds.
Jodi Thomasian led the Riverhawks (6-10, 0-2) with 11 points.
IONE 62, ARLINGTON 23 — After Ione came off a big 65-20 win over Arlington on Tuesday, the Cardinals faced the Honkers again days later to nearly mirror that same victory.
Against a injury ridden team, Ione defeated Arlington 62-23 to push its win streak to five games and remain undefeated in the Big Sky League.
“The girls are rolling,” head coach Nathan Heideman said. “Their confidence is through the roof.”
The Cardinals (7-11 overall, 6-2 BSL) were led by senior Maggie Flynn, who scored 13 points, and received help from sophomore Mackenzie Heideman and senior Morgan Orem who each scored 12.
The Honkers (1-10, 0-8) were held to single digits in all four quarters, but junior Sara Grady was able to knock down 10 points to lead Arlington.
PILOT ROCK 58, STANFIELD 37 — Senior Sara Weinke and junior Kaitelyn Evans combined for 23 boards, and each scored five points to help Pilot Rock earn their first league win
“The girls did a really good job,” head coach Dan Deist said. “They all played really well together as a team.”
The game was close after the first quarter, with Pilot Rock (11-8 overall, 1-3 CBC) up 14-10, but the Rockets then held the Tigers (2-17, 0-4) to only four points — all of which came from free throws — in the second quarter and ran away with the game from there.
Stanfield was led by sophomore Savannah Sharp with 10 points.
ECHO 32, PINE EAGLE 29 — At Echo, the Cougars held off a furious second-half charge by Pine Eagle to hang on for a three-point victory on Friday night.
Echo (7-13 overall, 2-7 OOL) led 20-4 at halftime, but the Spartans outscored the Cougars 25-12 in the second half. Marti Huff led Echo with 15 points and nine rebounds and Rachel McCarty had seven points, with both players playing all 32 minutes of the game. Sammy Pollock led the Spartans (2-14, 0-9) with 15 points.
NIXYAAWII 73, COVE 26 — At Cove, senior Milan Schimmel led Nixyaawii with 16 points to a 73-26 win. The Eagles (17-0, 8-0 Old Oregon League) remain perfect on the season by completely dominated the Leopards (7-10, 3-5).
Cove’s top scorer, senior Maggie Ledbetter, only netted six points and the team was held to no more than eight points for all four quarters.
For Nixyaawii, it was sound passing and balanced scoring that led to a breakout 41-16 lead at the half, and helped in reaching the 47-point victory.
Seniors Mary Stewart and EllaMae Looney followed Schimmel with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
WESTON-MCEWEN 48, CULVER 35 — On Friday night, head coach Mike Giusti praised Weston-McEwen’s efforts in the 48-35 by saying it was the TigerScots best performance of the season.
And rightfully so after they held the visiting Culver Bulldogs to only five points in the second half to remain undefeated in their league.
Weston-McEwen was led by senior Chelsea Quaempts, who scored 15 points for the TigerScots (12-6 overall, 3-0 Columbia Basin Conference). They have now won six straight.
The Bulldogs (11-7, 2-1) came out tough, following Weston-McEwen by only two points at the end of the first quarter, 17-15. But then couldn’t find the same looks after the first eight minutes. Junior Irma Retano was Culver’s top shooter with 12 points.