BEND - The Pendleton Bucks saw their Intermountain Conference girls basketball title hopes dashed by Mountain View, as the Cougars jumped out to a 25-18 lead after one quarter and went on to defeat the Bucks 74-61 Friday.
"They got off to a great start," Bucks coach Todd Zimmermann said. "They played really well."
The Cougars seemingly couldn't miss from the foul line the entire contest, connecting on 17 of 20 attempts from the charity stripe in the first half alone, and finishing 27 of 32. The Bucks, by contrast, were just 8 of 15 from the foul line.
Mackenzie Larson led the Bucks with 17 points, while Amica Vogler added 16, nine of which came on three 3-point shots.
Christa Wise grabbed eight rebounds and Chelsea Pahl became the Bucks' single-season steals leader.
"Amica played a great game," Zimmermann said. "She played hard."
The Bucks were able to cut the Mountain View lead to four points in the third quarter, but could never overtake the Cougars' early lead.
The news didn't get any better for the Bucks after the game either, as Hermiston won the coin toss, and with a victory at Crook County today would enter the state sub-tournament as the No. 2 IMC team.
If the Bulldogs win, the Bucks will open tournament play Tuesday as the IMC's No. 3 and will play the No. 4 team from the Pac-9 Conference and will have to win three games to reach the state tournament.