UMATILLA - The Wheeler Falcons had little problem Friday in returning to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament for the first time since 1991.
The Falcons ended Echo's season with a a 49-29 win in the girls Big Sky Conference district tournament consolation game and will represent the conference as the No. 4 seed in the state sub-tournament next week.
"We're pretty happy and very excited," Wheeler coach Jenny DeLuca said. "I kind of figured it would be an ugly game and we didn't play that great, but we did the things we had to to win."
The Falcons (18-6) committed 23 turnovers, but held Echo to four points in the first quarter, seven in the second and five points in the third quarter for a 38-16 lead heading into the final quarter.
Cara Greenfield and Jennifer Greenfield outscored the Cougars (11-13) by themselves with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Jennifer Greenfield added four assists and grabbed 13 rebounds.
"You can't say enough about them and they played well," said DeLuca of the Greenfields. "We stress that rebounding and turnovers are key and I thought we controlled the boards."
Rachel Jackson led Echo with nine points.
Wheeler will face the No. 1 seed from District 4 in the state sub-tournament.