PENDLETON - The Sherman County Huskies have yet to demonstrate the type of play that enabled them to win the Columbia Basin Conference, but they have shown the heart of a champion.
Still without their "A" game, the Huskies outscored a game Bonanza team 51-40 to advance to today's fifth-place game in the OSAA/US Bank/Les Schwab Tires 2A girls state tournament at the Pendleton Convention Center.
After back-to-back off-shooting nights, the Huskies connected on 36 percent of their shots from the field against the Antlers, not their best performance, but certainly better than their two previous games.
"Our offense has been shooting something like 17 percent and it was a lot better today," Sherman County's Britney Macnab said. "We were more relaxed and went out there to have fun and not think as much."
The Huskies built a 10-point lead at halftime, but the Antlers showed plenty of determination themselves, battling back to trim the lead to 40-36, with just over three minutes left. Sherman County, which shot 56 percent from the foul line for the game, proceeded to hit 7 of its next 10 attempts from the charity stripe to seal the victory.
After playing two deliberate teams in the first two rounds, the Huskies found Thursday's tempo more to their liking.
"Bonanza is a team that likes to get out and run and so do we," Sherman County coach Ron Townsend said. "That made for a little bit more of a fun game. It was a little more entertaining too, I think."
The Huskies continued to play solid defense, holding the Antlers to 33 percent shooting and forcing 18 turnovers, which led to 15 points.
Laura Olsen and Suzee Fritts scored 10 points each to pace the Huskies, while Kristi Danielson added nine, grabbed seven rebounds and made three steals. Marci Bird led the team with three assists.
Jessie Carpenter had a big game for Bonanza, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds. Ivy Nelson added eight points and Laura Beck topped the team with three steals.
The Huskies faced the Knappa Loggers in the fifth-place trophy game this morning.