ECHO - Joseph had a chance to win the game, shooting bonus free throws with three seconds left, but the first shot bounced off the rim and Echo (8-1, 2-0 Big Sky) secured the rebound and a 47-46 girls' basketball victory.

The Cougars were down 10 with five minutes left to play but used a staunch man defense to pull within four with 40 seconds to play.

Taylor Tarvin scored to pull within one basket and Laura Elligsen forced a jump ball that gave possession back to the Cougars. Tarvin scored again and converted a free throw to take the lead.

Tarvin finished with 13 points while Kirsten McCallum led the Cougars with 14 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and four steals.

Though she did not score, Elligsen held Joseph's Anna Bird to two points in the second half.

RIVERSIDE 53, SHERMAN?35 -?In Moro, Kayla Nelson scored 18 points and the Pirates (5-3)?headed into the holiday break with a runaway win Tuesday.

Fabiola Lopez added 10 points for the Pirates and Cindy McLaughlin chipped in nine. Shannon Callow led them with eight rebounds.

HEPPNER 54, DUFUR 46 - In?Heppner, the Mustangs built a tremendous halftime lead and cruised for the easy win over 1A Dufur.

Usually a team that has balanced scoring, the Mustangs were led by JoAnna Patton's 24 points and Erin Price, who added 20 points.

"I've been very pleased with the offensive output two nights in a row," said Heppner head coach?Mark Dowdy. "We played some pretty good ball."

Dufur's Dyana Austin led the way for the Rangers with 17 points.

UMATILLA 46, STANFIELD 39 - In Stanfield, the Tigers played the Vikings even in the second half, but it wasn't enough to make up for a poor start that included just two points in the first quarter.

Naomi Castanon led the Vikings with 13 points and BreAnna Watson added 12 points.

Junior captain Allysa Sobotta was the only Tiger in double digits with 13 points.

Stanfield post Carly Valdez went down with an ankle injury, leaving the Tigers with just eight healthy bodies.

"The girls are keeping it competitive these last couple of games and that's all you can ask," said Tigers head coach?Candice Valentine.

Boys' Basketball

HEPPNER 53, GRANT?UNION 50 - In Heppner, the Mustangs built a big halftime lead and then allowed Grant Union back in the game.

However, the 'Stangs (6-2) had just enough left in the tank to pull one out heading into the Christmas break. Cody Orr had 16 points for Heppner, and Jared Huddleston and Chris Lien each added 15 points.

"We were able to weather the storm," said Heppner head coach David Norton.

Norton said he was pleased with the job his team did defending 6-foot-6 Ian?Averett, who scored 12 points but just two in the second half.

Ione 92, Helix 39 - About the only thing that went wrong for the Ione boys basketball team Tuesday was a missed slam dunk attempt from Matt Hams in the third quarter as they cruised to a 92-39 Big Sky Conference victory over Helix.

Hams finished the game with 28 points, many of those coming on the break as he gave Helix point guard Zack Sundin fits running the point on Ione's halfcourt defense.

Helix was playing without four of their starters - out with various ailments and injuries.

Tanner Rietmann added 18 points for Ione and Sundin led Helix with 14.

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