BAKER CITY — On Friday afternoon, the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles and Powder Valley Badgers met on the basketball court for the fourth time this season and for the fourth time the Golden Eagles came out on top.
Nixyaawii breezed by the Badgers 52-23 in the OSAA Class 1A state semifinal game at Baker High School, sending the Golden Eagles back to the state championship game for the second consecutive year. The Golden Eagles will have a rematch with No. 1 Country Christian in the championship game on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. at Baker High. Nixyaawii defeated Country Christian 68-39 in last year’s championship game.
In Friday’s semifinals, Milan Schimmel netted a double-double with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, while adding seven assists. Mary Stewart finished with 16 points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists, and Tyanna Van Pelt pitched in six points.
For the Badgers, Megan Bingham had a team-best 10 points and eight rebounds. The Badgers shot just 18 percent (7-of-38) as a team and had 19 turnovers.
SILVERTON 40, HERMISTON 24 — Hermiston was ousted from the state tournament after a Round 1 loss to Silverton on the road. The 40-24 defeat ended the Bulldogs’ season.
Hermiston managed to stay within reach of the Foxes (20-5), and trailed just 15-14 after the first half. But shooting was sparse in the third and fourth quarters, as the Bulldogs (12-14) were held to only 10 points while Silverton knocked down 25.
IRRIGON 58, HORIZON CHRISTIAN 50 — At North Bend, the Irrigon Knights will have the chance to play for fourth place in Class 3A on Saturday after Friday’s 58-50 win over Horizon Christian in the 3A consolation round at North Bend High School.
Johnny Phillips led the Knights (22-5) with 18 points and nine rebounds and Adrian Roa finished with 13 points and five assists. Lino Covarrubia knocked down a pair of key 3-pointers and had nine points for the game.
Anthony Sprauer led Horizon Christian (19-10) with a game-high 24 points.
The Knights led 12-10 after the first quarter, but used a pair of 20-point outputs in the second and fourth quarters to take the victory.
Irrigon will play Cascade Christian (19-10) at 9:45 a.m. at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay for fourth place.
HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 64, NIXYAAWII 50 — At Baker City, the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles’ season came to a disappointing end with a loss in the consolation round to Hosanna Christian on Friday morning.
The Golden Eagles (24-5) got into an early 23-10 hole at the end of the first quarter that simply proved to be too big to climb out of. Though, they did outscore Hosanna Christian 27-21 in the second half.
Deven Barkley led Nixyaawii with 20 points and Mick Schimmel had 19 points. Waylan Cole led Hosanna Christian (25-4) with 17 points.
CRATER 51, HERMISTON 43 — After a long trip southwest, the Hermiston Bulldogs had their work cut out for them against No. 2 seeded Crater.
The Comets held nearly a 10-point lead heading into halftime. After the break, steady defense from the Bulldogs allowed time for their offense to find shots, and Hermiston was able to pull within three points with three minutes of play left.
But during their following three possession, the Bulldogs turned the ball over and Crater was able to pull away with a 51-43 victory.
“I thought the effort was there,” head coach Casey Arstein said. “We had out chances ... we just couldn’t hit a shot.”
After the first quarter, Hermiston found itself in a 19-9 hole but then clawed its way out with 19 points in the second.
The Bulldogs (12-12) needed shots along the perimeter, which had never been a problem until Friday night. Reliable long-distance shooter Cesar Ortiz knocked down just three 3-pointers, two of which were in the high scoring second quarter.
Ryne Andreason, who has also been known for knocking down three’s, didn’t hit a single shot from outside but still led the team with 10 points.
For the Comets, Mason Vranes led with 19 points.