BOARDMAN — Weston-McEwen’s Jordyn Lambert scored a buzzer-beating lay-in to give her TigerScots a 49-47 victory over Culver on Tuesday, clinching the CBC regular-season championship.
Culver had just tied the game at 47-47 on free throws with 7.8 seconds left, when Weston-McEwen’s Chelsea Quaempts took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the court, putting up a shot as the seconds on the clock ticked away. The shot missed, but Lambert grabbed the rebound and putback the miss to win the game.
“We played great,” Weston-McEwen coach Mike Giusti said. “We had really, really good defense ... better than it has been, and credit the girls for that.”
Quaempts led the TigerScots (16-8 overall, 6-2 Columbia Basin Conference) with a game-high 30 points and Katie Vescio added eight. Mia Gamboa scored 15 to lead the Bulldogs (15-9, 6-2).
The win clinches a playoff spot for the TigerScots and an automatic berth in Saturday’s district title game, where they will play the winner of Friday’s semifinal between Culver and Heppner. The game will be at the Pendleton Convention Center at 3 p.m.
ONTARIO 39, MAC-HI 16 — The Mac-Hi Pioneers season came to an end Tuesday in Ontario. The 39-16 loss came in the district playoff game.
“It was a tough way to end the season,” head coach Brooke Garton said.
The Pioneers (2-21 overall, 0-6 Greater Oregon League) couldn’t buy a basket with their top scorer, Victoria Garcia, recording a team-best of four points. Garcia also led the team with eight rebounds, and Courtney Breeding notched three steals.
The Tigers (9-16, 2-4) held an early lead they would never relinquish, and were up 11-6 after the first quarter. They extended their lead to 24-11 and held the Pioneers scoreless in the third.
Emily Jordan led Ontario’s efforts with a game-high 12 points.
IRRIGON 44, NYSSA 32 — At Irrigon, the Irrigon Knights hosted Nyssa on Tuesday with each of their seasons on the line. It was win or go home with a victory for either team advancing them to the district championships in Umatilla on Friday.
After holding on to a narrow lead at halftime, Irrigon pulled off a 44-32 win over Nyssa behind a trio of top scorers.
“We’re off to play for the district title, and we’re pretty excited,” head coach Davie Salas said after the game.
Eric Carillo and Johnny Phillips put up 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Lino Covarrubia added 11 in the Knights’ second straight win.
A good defensive effort in the second half allowed Irrigon (19-4 overall, 7-3 Eastern Oregon League) to keep Nyssa (15-10, 6-4) at bay, which also look to a trio of scorers to lead the way.
Agustin Trujillo and Pedro Chavez each put up 11 points for the Bulldogs.
The Knights will play at Umatilla on Friday at 6 p.m. for the district title.
NIXYAAWII 59, POWDER VALLEY 42 — At Cove, the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles secured the Old Oregon League regular season championship and the No. 1 seed at the district tournament by beating Powder Valley in a tiebreak game on Tuesday night.
Mick Schimmel and Deven Barkley led the Golden Eagles (21-3 overall, 13-1 Old Oregon League) with 12 points, while Dazan Sigo added 11 and Quanah Picard had 10. Nixyaawii took advantage of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Badgers 20-6 to lead 30-15 at halftime. Dawson Smith led the Badgers (18-5, 13-1) with 14 points.
Nixyaawii will now play the winner of Wallowa and Echo on Friday night at 8 p.m. at Baker High School in the district tournament.
PENDLETON 70, HOOD RIVER VALLEY 54 — At Hood River, Tyler Newsom put up a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds and added six assists as Pendleton defeated Hood River Valley 70-54 on Tuesday night.
Newsom was lights-out shooting on Tuesday, hitting on 10-of-16 shots, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range for the Buckaroos (13-9 overall, 5-2 Columbia River Conference). Dakota Sams nailed three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and a team-best nine assists, and both Ryan Russell and Willie Camp finished with nine points apiece — with Russell one point shy of a double-double as he had 10 rebounds.
Jonah Tactay led the Eagles (7-15, 2-5) with 12 points.
STANFIELD 53, WESTON-MCEWEN 45 — At Boardman, the Stanfield Tigers held off the Weston-McEwen TigerScots on Tuesday night in a league tiebreaker at Riverside High School.
The win sends the Tigers (11-14 overall) to play the Heppner Mustangs on Friday night in the CBC district semifinals at the Pendleton Convention Center. The loss for the TigerScots (8-16) brings an end to their season.
ONTARIO 46, MAC-HI 38 — At Ontario, the Mac-Hi Pioneers just didn’t have enough to beat the Ontario Tigers on the third attempt, as Ontario held on for a 46-38 win in the district play-in game on Tuesday.
The loss ends Mac-Hi’s season at 11-13 overall.