REDMOND - The Pendleton Bucks girls basketball team didn't quite run into a locomotive, but rather a whistle of another kind - the referee's whistle - as Redmond outshot them 34-9 from the foul line in the Panthers' 77-69 overtime win.
The victory moves Redmond into sole possession of first place in the Intermountain Conference while the Bucks fell into a second-place tie with Hermiston.
"I'm unbelievably proud of my kids," Bucks coach Todd Zimmermann said. "We knew going in it was a tough place to play, but they gave themselves a chance to win."
The Bucks led 60-54 going into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers outscored Pendleton 15-9 in the quarter to force the overtime period.
Stephanie Alleman led the Bucks with 20 points, while Amica Vogler added 18. Mackenzie Larson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and was just one of two Pendleton players to attempt free throws.
Chelsea Pahl had seven assists to lead the Bucks, while Alleman added five. Larson, Vogler and Pahl tied for the team lead with two steals each.
The Bucks aren't pointing fingers over the loss, but thinking what could have been instead.
"We had a couple of opportunities to win the game at the end," Zimmermann said. "Nicole Hudson hit some tough shots."
The Bucks will look to split their weekend road series at Bend today without Zimmermann, who was ejected from the game in overtime after picking up his second technical foul.
Zimmermann said the Bucks played outstanding defense and he was pleased with his players coming off the bench.
"I've never been more proud of a team than I am right now," he said. "Our effort was outstanding and we played with a lot of pride and heart."
Redmond 8-1 16-3
Pendleton 7-2 14-5
Hermiston 7-2 16-3
Mountain View 7-3 11-9
Hood River 3-6 4-13
Bend 3-6 6-13
Crook County 1-8 3-16
Summit 1-9 4-15