ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen TigerScots won their league opener by grinding out a 53-49 win against the Heppner Mustangs on Saturday night.

Heppner started the game with everything going its way, driving the lane and getting in the paint at will and finding open guys along the perimeter enough to hold a 18-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. But from that point on, Weston-McEwen slowly chipped away at the lead.

The TigerScots (8-5, 1-0 CBC) tied the game at 49-49 with under one minute left to play before Ethan Reger scored the go-ahead basket and Quanah Picard sank two free throws with just seconds left on the clock to seal the win.

“We made some good adjustments in the second half and responded well to (Heppner’s) defensive changes,” Weston-McEwen coach Brian Pickard said.

Garrett Hungerford nailed four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for Weston-McEwen, while Shaw Broncheau and Brett Speed each had 12. Logan Grieb led Heppner (8-4, 0-2) with 18 points and four 3-pointers and Nikalos Dias Martins had 13.

Weston-McEwen next heads to Pilot Rock on Friday, while Heppner hosts Culver.

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W-M 9 12 19 13 — 53

HHS 18 10 12 9 — 49

WESTON-MCEWEN — G. Hungerford 16, S. Broncheau 12, B. Speed 12, E. Reger 6, J. West 4, Q. Picard 2, Rudolph 1.

HEPPNER — L. Grieb 18, N. Dias Martins 13, J. Lindsay 7, K. Smith 4, W. Steagall 4, C. Hedman 3.

3-pointers — W-M 7, HHS 6. Free throws ­— W-M 10-16, HHS 13-23. Fouls — W-M 17, HHS 18.

STANFIELD 89, CULVER 59 — At Culver, the Stanfield Tigers had all 13 players score at least one field goal as the Tigers ran past the Culver Bulldogs 89-59 on Saturday afternoon.

“We played well, jumped on Culver in the first half and gained some momentum that we carried throughout,” Stanfield coach Jason Sperr said. “We were able to rest some guys and get other guys some playing time and it was nice to see all 13 guys score.

“We had a good weekend and we got the start we needed to have in league and the guys are excited for what’s next.”

Dylan Grogan led Stanfield (11-1, 2-0 CBC) with 17 points, Brody Woods had 12 and both Noe Sanchez and Jose Garcia each had nine points. Mike Davis, Jr. of Culver (0-12, 0-2) had a game-high 30 points.

Stanfield next hosts Prescott (WA) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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SHS 28 27 21 13 — 89

CHS 14 11 9 25 — 59

STANFIELD — D. Grogan 17, B. Woods 12, N. Sanchez 9, R. Bailey 9, J. Garcia 9, A. Gomez 8, J. Galarza 6, T. Monkus 5, E. Esquivel 4, D. Allan 3, C. Hernandez 2, E. Angel 2, T. Flores 2.

CULVER — M. Davis 30, W. Basl 16, Z. Gutierrez 10, Stevenson 2, Oliveras 1.

UMATILLA 66, IRRIGON 48 — At Irrigon, Kaden Webb scored a game-high 28 points to carry the Umatilla Vikings to a 66-48 win over the Irrigon Knights in the Vikings’ league opener on Saturday evenings.

Behind Webb, Seth Carnston and Justin Maret also scored 10 points apiece for Umatilla (9-5, 1-0 EOL), while Hayden White scored 20 to lead Irrigon (8-5, 1-1) and Austin Rice had 17.

Umatilla next heads to Riverside on Tuedsay, while Irrigon hosts Vale on Friday.

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UHS 12 22 10 18 — 66

IHS 12 12 12 12 — 48

UMATILLA — K. Webb 28, S. Cranston 10, J. Marett 10, S. Miller 8, S. Garcia 5, M. Garcialazo 3, Team 2.

IRRIGON — H. White 20, A. Rice 17, E. Carillo 4, J. Philips 4, A. Gomez 2, O. Vera 1.

BAKER 64, MAC-HI 50 — At Milton-Freewater, the Mac-Hi Pioneers fell into an early hole which proved to be too big to come back from, falling to Baker 64-50 in the league opener on Saturday afternoon.

“(Baker) started really fast and we got in a 12-0 hole early,” Mac-Hi coach Jordan Poynor said. “Baker shot the ball well in the first half and we just couldn’t crawl out of the hole.”

Alex Delgado led Mac-Hi (5-6, 0-1 GOL) with 13 points, while Alexis Pio added 12 and Michael Armenta pitched in 10. Will Akers led Baker with a game-high 21 points — all of which came in the first half.

Mac-Hi next hosts The Dalles on Tuesaday at 5:45 p.m.

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BHS 19 17 12 16 — 64

M-H 6 12 15 17 — 50

BAKER — W. Akers 21, G. Berry 18, C. Osborn 8, R. Schwin 7, B. Zemmer 5, TJ Dunn 3, M. Plumley 2.

MAC-HI — A. Delgado 13, A. Pio 12, M. Armenta 10, A. Earls 8, M. Garcia 7

3-pointers — BHS 4, M-H 6. Free throws — BHS 14-21, M-H 12-16. Fouls — BHS 20, M-H 19.

Girls Basketball

CULVER 36, STANFIELD 22 — At Culver, the Stanfield Tigers were overwhelmed by the Culver Bulldogs early and the Bulldogs kept the Tigers at a distance the rest of the way for a 36-22 victory on Saturday afternoon.

“We started in a 19-0 hole and that made things difficult,” Stanfield coach Daniel Sharp said.

Kendra Hart led Stanfield (3-10, 1-1 CBC) with nine points and Natalia Esquivel had seven points.

Stanfield next hosts Prescott (WA) on Tuesday evening.

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SHS 0 9 4 9 — 22

CHS 17 3 7 9 — 36

STANFIELD — K. Hart 9, N. Esquivel 7, A. Griffin 3, S. Sharp 2, B. Braithwaite 1.

CULVER — I. Retano 14, J. Johnson 10, M. Gamboa 8, J. VanAlstyne 2, E. Bautista 2.

3-pointers — SHS 0, CHS 1. Free throws — SHS 8-16, CHS 11-22. Fouls — SHS 20, CHS 18. Fouled out — S. Connell (SHS), J. Johnson (CHS).

WESTON-MCEWEN 52, HEPPNER 40 — At Athena, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots won for the fifth time in the last six games with a 52-40 victory over Heppner in league action on Saturday afternoon.

Sara von Borstel and Katie Vescio each scored 10 points to lead the way for Weston-McEwen (9-4, 1-0 CBC), while Sarah Finifrock had nine and Chelsea Quaempts had eight. Jacee Currin again led Heppner with 12 points while Kacie Gray had nine and Morgan Correa had seven.

Weston-McEwen next heads to Pilot Rock on Friday, while Heppner hosts Culver.

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HHS 9 7 9 15 — 40

W-M 20 11 9 12 — 52

HEPPNER — J. Currin 12, K. Gray 9, M. Correa 7, J. Mahoney 5, N. Propheter 3, M. Silvia 2, M. Combe 2.

WESTON-MCEWEN — S. von Borstel 10, K. Vescio 10, S. Finifrock 9, C. Quaempts 8, B. Hillmick 5, J. Lambert 4, A. Schroeder 2, A. Finifrock 2, A. Hill 2.

3-pointers — HHS 3, W-M 1. Free throws — HHS 9-20, W-M 13-27. Fouls — HHS 20, W-M 18. Fouled out — J. Currin (HHS).

UMATILLA 49, IRRIGON 44 — At Irrigon, Aleesha Watson scored a game-high 31 points and sank five 3-pointers to help her Umatilla Vikings to a 49-44 win over Irrigon in Eastern Oregon League action on Saturday evening at Irrigon High School.

“She shot the ball very well and we didn’t have an answer tonight,” Irrigon coach Mike Royer said.

Jada Burns led Irrigon (7-7, 0-2 EOL) with 13 points and Alyia Munoz had 10 points. Katelyn Lorence also reached double-digit points for Umatilla (6-8, 1-0) in the game.

Umatilla next travels to Riverside on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tip-off, while Irrigon hosts Vale on Friday.

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UHS 15 10 14 10 — 49

IHS 10 11 14 9 — 44

UMATILLA — A. Watson 31, K. Lorence 10, L. Jurnot 4, Y. Ortiz 3, C. Alvarez 1.

IRRIGON —J. Burns 13, Munoz 10, T. Davis 9, A. Zacarias 6, Romero 2, Gilman 2, K. Wyant 1, L. Mills 1.

BAKER 53, MAC-HI 29 — At Milton-Freewater, the Mac-Hi Pioneers dropped their Greater Oregon League opener 53-29 against Baker on Saturday afternoon.

“We actually played some of our best basketball tonight, even though the scoreboard doesn’t reflect it,” Mac-Hi coach Brooke Garton said. “It really came down to Baker’s big second quarter and we just couldn’t keep up.”

Sydney Richwine continued her strong season for Mac-Hi (1-10, 0-1 GOL) with yet another double-double, recording a team-high 13 points and 17 rebounds. Brooke Smiley added nine points and 12 rebounds as well for the Pioneers.

Mac-Hi next heads to Stanfield on Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. start.

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BHS 6 18 8 21 — 52

M-H 5 8 8 11 — 29

BAKER — Ramos 16, Bruce 8, Huggins 8, Ward 7, Carter 5, Davis 4, Younger 2, Flanagan 2.

MAC-HI — S. Richwine 13, B. Smiley 9, M. Yensen 2, Flores 2, Hernandez 2, B. Jones 1.

3-pointers — BHS 5, M-H 0. Free throws — BHS 6-7, M-H 9-25. Fouls — BHS 21, M-H 15. Fouled out — Huggins (BHS), Yensen (M-H).

JOSEPH 48, HELIX 40 — At Helix, a sluggish second half was enough for the Joseph Eagles to overtake the Helix Grizzlies and pull away for a 48-40 victory on Saturday.

“We got a quick start, but the third quarter we were flat and didn’t play well basically the whole second half,” Helix coach Kirk Flerchinger said. “We didn’t do the things we needed to do tonight and Joseph just wanted this one more than we did.”

Kailey Mize had a big game for Helix (5-5, 1-3 OOL) with 18 points, but it was Joseph’s Alexis Sykora that stole the show with 28 points.

Helix next heads to Cove on Tuesday.

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JHS 10 7 14 17 — 48

GHS 14 11 4 11 ­— 40

JOSEPH — A. Sykora 28, Genetti 12, H. MIller 6.

HELIX — K. Mize 18, M. Tullis 6, E. Fehrenbacker 6, C. Bennett 5, A. Wood 3, H. Christman 2.

3-pointers — JHS 1, GHS 4. Free throws — JHS 11-18, GHS 4-17. Fouls — JHS 16, GHS 18. Fouled out — S. Wilson (GHS).

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