Elli Nirschl had a team-high 11 points and added four rebounds, but Pendleton dropped its season-opener at Baker, 61-46.
“Baker is a very good team,” Bucks coach Kevin Porter said. “Everyone wants to win, but I am pretty pleased with what I saw tonight moving forward. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort they gave for 32 minutes. Not everyone gets in the scorebook, but it takes all 10 of us to get the job done.”
The Buck trailed by five points after the first quarter, but found themselves down 20 points at one point in the second half.
“I don’t know if we will see anyone who plays that kind of pressure defense,” Porter said. “To get down and not give in, and cut it to a manageable deficit, it was a good learning game for us.”
Uliyana Guerrero added nine points for Pendleton, while Muriel Hoisington added eight points and six rebounds, and Katie Bradt had four points and nine rebounds.
Jayme Ramos led Baker with a game-high 16 points.
Pendleton 14 11 10 11 - 46
Baker 19 19 8 15 - 61
Pendleton - Elli Nirschl 11, Uliyana Guerrero 9, Muriel Hoisington 8, Natalie Neveau 6, Katie Bradt 4, Carissa Cooley 3, Josie Wilson 3, Sarah Scott 2.
Baker - Jayme Ramos 16, Younger 15, Keller 9, Elms 7, Carter 4, Nemec 4, Benson 4, Gwillim 2.
HEPPNER 32, RIVERSIDE 29 - The Pirates suffered a nonleauge home loss to open their season on Wednesday night.
It all came down to the last 30 seconds — Riverside led 29-27, but Heppner scored on a basket and foul shot to pull ahead. Riverside drove the ball up-court with 6 seconds left, but couldn’t find the net.
“We played well enough, but just couldn’t win,” said head coach Clair Costello. “We couldn’t take the shot.”
Wing Faith Rosen led the team with 13 points, while Cesi Garcia had 4. Meanwhile, Heppner distributed their scoring more evenly — forward Madison Ashbeck recorded 11 points, guard Jacee Currin 7, and forward Syndey Wilson 6.
Riverside will travel to Faith Bible on Friday to compete in the Westside Christian Tournament, and Heppner will hit the road to Willamina for another non-league matchup.
WHITE SWAN 71, UMATILLA 18 - Umatilla’s season opener did not go as planned as White Swan dominated the nonleague game from start to finish.
The Cougars led 37-4 at the half.
“Our girls got their first game jitters out and really saw what we need to improve on,” Vikings coach McKenzie Byrd said. “I believe we have an abundance of talent on our team, it is just a matter of finding out how to really tap into those talents and make things happen. Though it was a tough loss, we are excited to get to work and get better.”
DESALES 59, MAC-HI 17 - DeSales scored 20 points in the first quarter en route to a nonleague win over Mac-Hi.
“They came out and hit six 3s in the first quarter and we had a tough time from there,” Mac-Hi coach Brooke Michaud said. “We are still working on coming together as a team. We definitely have some areas we will be working on. We have a lot to do tomorrow.”
Victoria Garcia led the Pioneers with five points,w hill Kenna Buratto had 15 to lead the Irish.
HEPPNER 57, RIVERSIDE 40 - The Riverside boys recorded a non-league home loss at Heppner to start their season on Wednesday night.
“We’re small, and they’re big,” said Riverside coach Clair Costello. “They pushed and shoved us. We got hit pretty good. It was a physical game, and we’re not very physical.”
Costello said that height matchups created issues for his team. Riverside’s tallest player, Tucker Fye, stands at 6-3. Meanwhile, Heppner boasts Justin McAninch, towering at 6-10.
McAninch led the Mustangs with 11 points, shooting 5-6 from the field, and 5 rebounds. Forward Cason Mitchell and center Gibson McCurry each had 8 points.
Riverside trailed by just 15-11 in the first quarter, but had to dig into the bench starting in the second quarter, rotating players who “hadn’t seen varsity before.”
“We just have to get stronger,” Costello said.
Guard Juan Reyna led the Pirates in scoring with 7 points, including two 3-pointers. Wing Ramon Montez had 5, and guards Johan Pena and Mario Madrigal had 4 each.
Riverside will face Faith Bible in the Westside Christian Tournament on Friday, while Heppner will travel to Willamina.
UMATILLA 66, WHITE SWAN 35 - Sebastian Garcia had 16 points as Umatilla opened its season with a convincing win over visiting White Swan.
The Vikings led 30-20 at the half, then went on a 31-15 tear in the second half to put the game away.
“It’s one of those games where you never know who will do what,” Umatilla coach Scott Bow said. “We played phenomenal defense and got after it.”
Andrew Earl added 12 points for the Vikings, while Trent Durfey had eight points and 10 rebounds.