PENDLETON ?For most people, Regis winning its second straight girls basketball state championship was a foregone conclusion on Saturday. But an utterly dominant Rams team did not believe the hype until after its 41-21 victory over Scio.
That mentality was apt considering that despite riding a 27-game win streak, Regis started the title bout with paltry offense. Scio held the Rams to five points in the first quarter on 2-for-10 shooting, taking a one point lead into the second period.
Its kind of a terrifying feeling knowing the game would last 32 minutes, said Regis Player of the Game Becca Buck. We started out slow, but when the buzzer rang we were freaking out everyone is crying and its the best feeling in the world.
Instead of panicking, Regis countered Scios lock-down defense with 12 second quarter points while stifling the Loggers. Scio got limited to nine first half points and the second half was all Regis.
Having trounced Scio by 61 combined points in the teams two Tri-River Conference meetings this season, Regis picked up its dominance once players shook off admitted nerves. Kasse Keudell, Kayla Dolby and Buck combined for an equally divided 27 points while earning Regis a 28-17 lead heading into the deciding quarter.
Scio Player of the Game Amber Stover posted six points as did 2010 first-team all-state guard Haley Guest, but only two Loggers buckets dropped in the final eight minutes.
There is no shame in losing to that ball club, said Scio coach Tony Miller. Im the happiest Ive ever been in my coaching career after losing a game.
The win marked Regis third state title in school history and Scio bettered its sixth-place finish from last year. As time expired, both teams leapt from their benches with ear-to-ear smiles.
REGIS 41, SCIO 21
REGI 5 12 11 13 41
SCIO 6 3 8 4 21
REGIS (29-1) Kasse Keudell 9, Kayla Dolby 9, Becca Buck 9, Whitney Koehnke 4, Jordan Walling 4, Kendra Lulay 3, Jesse Morris 2, Lauren Alley 1, Rachel Buck, Samantha Reynolds, Jaclyn Fessler.
SCIO (25-5) Haley Guest 6, Amber Stover 6, Riley Graham 3, Marcy Ortiz 2, Cassandra Temple 2, Lexi Evans 2, Paige Graham, Maranda Keesee, Zoe Shelton, Emily Rezentes, Kassidy Bishop, Ellie Ferguson.
3-point field goals REGI 3-12; SCIO 0-7. Free throws REGI 8-18; SCIO 5-12. Personal fouls REGI 18; SCIO 17. Fouled out Becca Buck (Regis); Guest (Scio); Bishop (Scio).