PENDLETON — On paper, Saturday’s Class 1A playoff game between No. 2 Nixyaawii and No. 15 Camas Valley appeared to favor Nixyaawii by a wide margin.
And as soon as the game tipped off on Saturday afternoon at Sunridge Middle School in Pendleton, it played out just as one would expect. The defending state champion Golden Eagles shocked the Hornets from the start and throttled visitors for a 69-15 victory.
“I just basically wanted us to come in and take care of business and not let them hang around, which we did a pretty good job of, ” Nixyaawii coach Jeremy Maddern said. “Just to make sure everybody got in and got out healthy, that was the main focus.”
The Golden Eagles (26-0 overall) swarmed the Hornets (15-12) with their defensive pressure all game long, forcing 32 turnovers and only 31 shot attempts for the game. Nixyaawii led 23-0 after the first quarter, and Camas Valley did not break onto the scoreboard until a bank shot from Michel Bartlett at the 4:23 mark of the second quarter.
Nixyaawii’s big three of Milan Schimmel, Mary Stewart and Kaitlynn Melton carried the load offensively, combining for 46 points. Schimmel matched her jersey number with a game-high 24 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists, five steals and three blocked shots. Stewart had 14 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals, and Melton added eight points and seven boards.
Nixyaawii also got a boost from freshman MacKenzie Kiona, who buried a pair of three-pointers and finished with eight points in the game.
The Golden Eagles will head back to Baker City on Wednesday for the quarterfinals of the Class 1A state tournament, where they will take on No. 10 Damascus Christian at 8:15 p.m. at Baker High School.
“I know a lot about them,” Maddern said of Damascus Christian. “Their coach has been there quite awhile ... and we know what they’re going to do so we’ll start working on Monday and Tuesday and get ready to go.”
CV 0 6 5 4 — 15
NCS 23 12 19 15 — 69
CAMAS VALLEY — A. Vradenburg 5, M. Bartlett 4, A. Plikat 3, B. Pool 2, H. Holmgren 1.
NIXYAAWII — M. Schimmel 24, M. Stewart 14, K. Melton 8, M. Kiona 8, E. Butler 4, T. Melton 3, L. Moses 3, T. Van Pelt 2, I. Herrera 2, K. Mountain Chief 1, E. Looney.
3-pointers — CV 2, NCS 4. Free throws — CV 1-10, NCS 11-13. Fouls — CV 9, NCS 10.
NO. 8 HEPPNER 50, NO. 9 CENTRAL LINN 41 — At Heppner, the Mustangs defeated the Central Linn Cobras 50-41 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the Class 2A state tournament next week in Pendleton.
It’s the first playoff victory since 2013 for the Mustangs (16-6), and next week will mark their first trip back to the state tournament since 2013 as well, when the team compiled a 1-2 record before being eliminated in the consolation bracket.
In Saturday’s first round game with the Cobras, freshman Sydney Wilson had an outstanding performance with a game-high 26 points to go with seven rebounds all while shooting 50 percent from the floor (7 for 14). Eighteen of Wilson’s points came in the second half, 10 which came at the free throw line.
Behind her, Morgan Correa tallied nine points, Jacee Currin had six and Sophie Grant had five for the home team.
Sarah Conner led the Cobras (18-9) with 16 points.
Heppner will now play the No. 1 seed Kennedy (26-1) in the state quarterfinals on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Pendleton High School.
CL 5 4 12 20 — 41
HHS 6 11 14 19 — 50
CENTRAL LINN — S. Conner 16, J. Neal 8, C. McLaughlin 6, M. Robb 4, A. Stutzman 4, G. Robb 3.
HEPPNER — S. Wilson 26, M. Correa 9, J. Currin 6, S. Grant 5, M. Combe 3, K. Gray 1, J. McCullough, J. Mahoney.
3-pointers — CL 4, HHS 3. Free throws — CL 7-14, HHS 21-31. Fouls — CL 20, HHS 14.
NO. 5 HORIZON CHRISTIAN 59, NO. 12 UMATILLA 56 (OT) — In Tualatin, the Umatilla Vikings came just short of pulling off an upset in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, as they fell to Horizon Christian 59-56 in overtime on Saturday.
The Vikings (20-7) trailed 27-23 at halftime, but stormed up to a 42-39 lead at the end of the third quarter. After Horizion Christian got it to overtime, the home Hawks buried seven of their 11 points at the free throw line to steal the victory.
Sebastian Garcia and Uriel Garcia tallied 17 points apiece for Umatilla, with Uriel Garcia nailing a team-best four 3-pointers. Senior starters Seth Cranston (five) and Kaden Webb (three) combined for just eight points for the Vikings.
Anthony Sprauer had a game-high 23 points for the Hawks (19-8), who advance to the Class 3A state tournament in Coos Bay next week.
UHS 13 10 19 6 8 — 56
HC 17 10 12 9 11 — 59
UMATILLA — S. Garcia 17, U. Garcia 17, C. De Loera 8, G. Armenta 6, S. Cranston 5, K. Webb 3, M. Garcilazo, J. Garcia, T. Durfey.
HORIZON CHRISTIAN — A. Sprauer 23, T. Schiele 9, K. Free 8, B. Egger 8, N. Murrell 8, W. Shelby 3.
3-pointers — UHS 9, HC 9. Free throws — UHS 3-7, HC 12-18. Fouls — UHS 16, HC 15.
NO. 5 NIXYAAWII 44, NO. 12 DAYS CREEK 29 — At Pendleton, the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles got one step closer to a state championship with a win over Days Creek in a Class 1A first round playoff game on Saturday at Sunridge Middle School.
Nixyaawii (24-3) will next play No. 4 Triad (21-6) on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. at Baker High School in the Class 1A quarterfinal round.
NO. 1 WESTERN MENNONITE 100, NO. 16 STANFIELD 33 — At Salem, the Western Mennonite Pioneers showed why they are the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A playoffs as they thumped the Stanfield Tigers 100-33 on Saturday in a first round playoff game.
It marked the third time this season that Pioneers (24-3 overall) have scored 100 points or more this season. The loss marks the end of the season for Stanfield with a 12-16 record and the end of the road for the Tigers’ three seniors — Brody Woods, Blake Bailey, and Shayne Keltz.