BAKER CITY — The Nixyaawii girls basketball team smothered Cove 57-17 on Friday at Baker High School to punch their ticket to the Old Oregon League district championship.
The Golden Eagels outscored the Leopards 16-4 in the first quarter and cruised with another sound defensive effort on Friday.
“We didn’t press them at all the entire game, just our zone was really tough for them to break,” said Nixyaawii coach Jeremy Maddern. “They got up some shots, they just shot a low percentage and we did a really good job of rebounding and getting down the court.”
Mary Stewart scored 17 points to lead the undefeated Golden Eagles (22-0) and Milan Schimmel added 16. Nixyaawii was up 40-6 at halftime and was able to rest its starters in the second half.
They’ll play Powder Valley for the championship today after the Badgers outlasted Joseph 61-53 in a double-overtime thriller.
“This worked out perfect for us,” said Maddern.
The teams will meet at Baker High School at 6:30 p.m.
CHS 4 2 4 7 — 17
NCS 16 24 13 4 — 57
COVE — H. Duby 4, M. Ledbetter 4, A. Garinger 4, N. Neil 3, K. Witten 1, S. Short 1, L. Johnson, H. Davis, E. Hines-Dunlap.
NIXYAAWII — M. Stewart 17, M. Schimmel 16, K. Melton 8, S. Fitzpatrick 8, E. Butler 4, K. Mountainchief 2, S. Fuentes, S. Patrick, T. Broncheau, E. Looney, T. Melton.
3-pointers — CHS 1; NCS 4. Free throws — CHS 3-14; NCS 7-11. Fouls — CHS 9; NCS 13.
WESTON-MCEWEN 48, CULVER 37 — At Pendleton, the Bobcats surged ahead at the end of the third quarter but only scored one point in the fourth as the TigerScots pulled out the first victory for interim head coach Jeff Griggs in the semifinals at the Columbia Basin Conference district tournament.
Sarah Finifrock led a balanced Weston-McEwen (16-7) score sheet with 12 points while Chelsea Quaempts added 10 and Bailey Hillmick chipped in eight.
Griggs said it was a physical battle with neither team backing down with a berth in the state tournament on the line.
Culver (13-8) was down 26-19 at the break, but found its groove in the third quarter with Irma Retano and Mia Gamboa combining for 18 points in the frame. Gamboa fouled out at the end of the third, though, and Retano picked up her fifth foul midway through the fourth. Retano finished with 19 points and Gamboa had 11.
Weston-McEwen closed out the win hitting nine free throws in the fourth quarter, and was 20 of 35 at the line in the game.
The TigerScots will face Pilot Rock today in the championship at 1 p.m.
CHS 5 14 22 1 — 37
W-M 13 13 7 15 — 48
CULVER — I. Retano 19, M. Gamboa 11, J. Johnson 6, M. Beeler 4, E. Bautista 1, J. VanAlstyne, K. Webb, M. Haessler, L. Alvarado.
WESTON-MCEWEN — S. Finifrock 12, C. Quaempts 10, B. Hillmick 8, S. Von Borstel 6, A. Finifrock 5, K. Vescio 3, A. Schroeder 2, A. Coffman 2, M. Muillenberg, R. Penney.
3-pointers — CHS 2; W-M 0. Free throws — CHS 7-13; W-M 20-35. Fouls — CHS 25; W-M 13. Fouled out — I. Retano, M. Gamboa, J. Johnson, L. Alvarado (CHS).
JOSEPH 56, HELIX 31 — At Baker City, the Eagles came out strong and took control early in their Old Oregon League match-up with Helix on Thursday night.
Joseph was up 30-11 at halftime, and didn’t start to slow down until the fourth quarter.
Arianna Krol scored seven points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Helix (9-13). Sadie Wilson had eight rebounds and Charmayne Bennet had four steals, but Joseph’s defense was too much for the Grizzlies as they committed 35 turnovers.
The loss brought the season to a close for the Grizzlies, which graduate two seniors. Bethany Newtson and Macey Tullis combined for seven points and four rebounds in their final games.
WESTON-MCEWEN 43, HEPPNER 41 — At Pendleton, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots clinched a spot in the 2A state tournament with a win over Heppner on Friday night in the CBC district semifinals at the Pendleton Convention Center.
“It’s been a goal all year and it’s the first time this group has made it in their four years,” Weston-McEwen coach Brian Pickard said. “They all worked exceptionally hard and deserve it.”
Weston-McEwen (14-9) started the game determined and it showed, opening up a 14-4 lead on Heppner. But slowly but surely, Heppner chipped away and late in the fourth quarter were within one point, however ultimately they came up short.
Garrett Hungerford led Weston-McEwen with 12 points and Ethan Reger had 11. James West did not score, but Pickard pointed him out as a standout as he made perhaps the biggest play of the game. As Heppner (12-7) was inbounding the ball to go for a chance at a final shot to tie or win, West jumped in front of a long pass and tipped the ball to a teammate Shaw Broncheau to seal the victory for the TigerScots.
Logan Grieb led Heppner with 13 points and Kevin Smith had 11.
Weston-McEwen will face No. 1 Stanfield in the CBC district title today at 3 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center. Heppner still has a slim chance at making the state playoffs as an at-large seed.
W-M 14 9 5 15 — 43
HHS 4 10 9 18 — 41
WESTON-MCEWEN — G. Hungerford 12, E. Reger 11, B. Speed 9, B. Dearing 7, S. Broncheau 4, J. West, B. Rudolph, J. Speed.
HEPPNER — L. Grieb 13, K. Smith 11, N. Dias Martins 7, C. Hedman 4, J. Lindsay 4, K. Currin 2.
3-pointers — W-M 7, HHS 3. Free throws — W-M 8-15, HHS 12-24. Fouls — W-M 20, HHS 17.
JOSEPH 57, NIXYAAWII 38 — At Baker City, the Golden Eagles’ recent woes extended into the district bracket Friday with a loss to Joseph in the semifinals. It was Nixyaawii’s third straight defeat after winning 12 straight, and the second time in three games it’d been bested by the Eagles.
Game details were not available at press time.
Nixyaawii (15-7) will have to find a way to stop its skid if it wants to extend its season in today’s third-place game. Only the district’s top three teams will earn a state playoff berth.
Joseph will take on the winner of Friday’s late game against Powder Valley and Echo in the championship.
JOSEPH 57, HELIX 42 — At Baker City, the Grizzlies’ season came to a close after a late-ending game Thursday night at the Old Oregon League district tournament.
Helix (6-16) was down 25-24 at halftime and giving Joseph (19-5) all it could handle, but couldn’t get its shots to fall down the stretch in the second half as the Eagles pulled away.
“We (missed) a few buckets that usually we knock down and Joseph made a little run to get (the lead) to 10 or 12,” said Helix coach Ben Maney. “It was a good game, it was a lot closer than what the score goes with.”
Justin Williams led the Grizzlies with 11 points and seven rebounds, John Shaw added 10 points.
Cayden DeLury scored 15 to lead Joseph, and Jake Chrisman finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Helix will graduate seven seniors from this season’s roster — Williams, Shaw, Grant Christman, Caiden Marks, Tylor Fehrenbacker, Allan Holden and Jake Sprenger.
“The boys played hard, it was a great season,” said Maney. “I’m proud of the boys. Hats off to Joseph, they’re a good basketball team, and we’ll try again next year.”
HHS 16 8 11 7 — 42
JHS 12 13 16 16 — 57
HELIX — J. Williams 11, J. Shaw 10, G. Newtson 9, J. Sprenger 5, G. Christman 3, C. Marks 2, D. Carlson 2, T. Fehrenbacker.
JOSEPH — C. DeLury 15, J. Chrisman 14, A. Borgerding 12, T. Homan 9, C. Murray 3, K. Kilgore 2.
3-pointers — HHS 2; JHS 2. Free throws — HHS 4-4. Fouls — HHS 14; JHS 6.