BAKER CITY — The No. 2 Nixyaawii Golden Eagles advanced to the Class 1A state semifinal round after thumping No. 10 Damascus Christian 74-30 on Wednesday night at Baker High School.
The Golden Eagles (26-0 overall) had some shooting woes in the first half and held a small 30-19 lead at halftime. But in the second half, the Golden Eagles woke up and blew off the doors of Damascus Christian (22-6), outscoring them 54-11 to cruise to victory.
The win advances Nixyaawii to Friday’s semifinal round to play No. 3 Powder Valley for the fourth time this season. Nixyaawii has won all three previous meetings this year, including a 71-53 win in the district championship on Feb. 17.
Four players scored in double figures for Nixyaawii. Milan Schimmel had a game-high 19 points while adding nine rebounds, seven assists and six steals, while Mary Stewart had 17 points, seven steals and five assits. Inside, Kaitlynn Melton had 14 points and eight rebounds and Ermia Butler had one of her best games of the year with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds — eight of which were offensive.
Nixyaawii dominated the rebounding department with 44 total and 25 offensive, compared to Damascus Christian’s total of 25. The Golden Eagles’ defense continued to cause problems for opposing teams as they forced 25 turnovers in the game, which resulted in 32 points for the winners.
DC 9 10 4 7 — 30
NCS 15 15 28 16 — 74
DAMASCUS CHRISTIAN — T. Webb 9, F. Ulrich 8, S. Hale 7, A. Love 2, K. Bailey 2, M. Patrick 1, N. Wakefield 1.
NIXYAAWII — M. Schimmel 19, M. Stewart 17, K. Melton 14, E. Butler 12, M. Kiona 3, L. Moses 3, T. Van Pelt 3, E. Looney 2, T. Melton 1.
3-pointers — DC 4, NCS 5. Free throws — DC 6-6, NCS 9-14. Fouls — DC 13, NCS 13.