GLADSTONE — Taylor Nieri posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Cassidy Edwards added 12 points and eight steals as Sisters held off Gladstone 39-31 on Friday in the opening round of the Gladstone Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament.
The Outlaws improved to 6-0 on the season with the win and will play Mazama today at 6 p.m. in the tournament’s championship game. Sisters controlled the paint against the Gladiators, limiting Gladstone to just three free-throw attempts. The Outlaws, however, hit 14 of their 19 foul shots.
“We’ve worked hard to get better getting to the basket,” Sisters coach Julianne Horner said. “And we’re not big. But the girls are learning how to finish.”
Nieri was especially effective from the line, making nine of 11 free-throw attempts.
The Outlaws set the tone early and led 11-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Gladiators (1-2) came out “physical” in the third quarter, according to Horner, but Sisters battled back to remain undefeated.
In other Friday action:
La Pine 40
LA PINE — The Panthers rallied for the win behind 22 points by Brittny Benson after trailing through one quarter. After a slow start for Redmond, Benson hit two of her five three-pointers late in the first period, to give Redmond some momentum trailing 14-10, according to head coach Angela Capps. The Panthers (4-2) got back on top by outscoring the Hawks 19-10 in the second quarter, then they held La Pine (2-5) to just three points in the third. “We came out really good defensively in the third quarter,” Capps said. “That’s how we play — the third quarter wins ballgames.” Ann Williams scored nine points to go along with seven rebounds, and Kendall Current contributed with six points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. La Pine’s Katie Mickel led all scorers with 26 points, while Holli Glenn added six. Redmond hosts Burns today, while La Pine plays Estacada in the Seaside Holiday Classic on Thursday.
ASHLAND — Raja Char and Sarah Heinly combined for 39 points and did most of their damage early, leading Summit to a lopsided victory in the opening round of the Ashland Rotary Hoops Classic. Heinly (18 points) made four three-point baskets in the first quarter and Char added two, as the Storm roared to a 24-8 lead. Char finished with a game-high 21 points. “They’re scorers,” said Summit coach Ryan Cruz of the junior Char and the freshman Heinly. “They know if they have a good look, we have confidence they’ll hit it.” Summit (2-2 overall) faces Crescent Valley of Corvallis at 2 p.m. today in the championship final of the four-team tourney.
PENDLETON — The Lava Bears got out to a big lead early and rolled the rest of the way in a nonleague victory. Bend’s Mekayla Isaak led all scorers with 12 points, while Molly Maloney added eight points and Lisa Sylvester contributed with seven. The Lava Bears (2-2) rushed out a 17-6 lead and the Buckaroos (3-3) could never recover. “We played great in the first quarter, we had really nice balance offensively, and we defended well,” Bend coach Todd Ervin said. Bend plays at Madras on Tuesday.
Mountain View 59
Battle Ground (Wash.) 39
BATTLE GROUND, Wash. — Maddy Booster’s nine points led 12 Mountain View scorers, and the Cougars pulled away in the second half for the nonconference road win. Ciera Waldrup and Megan McCadden each had five rebounds for Mountain View, which outscored Battle Ground 33-16 in the second half. The Cougars (3-1) conclude their Washington road trip today with a 2 p.m. game at Skyview of Vancouver.
Crook County 87
JUNCTION CITY — Freshman Kimmer Severance scored a game-high 23 points and sophomore teammate Michaeline Malott matched that total, leading Crook County to a romp over Stayton in consolation play at the Junction City/Cottage Grove Holiday Tournament. Severance collected nine rebounds and Jessie Maley-Loper and Bailee Wood combined for nine more. Maley-Loper was also credited with 10 steals for the Cowgirls, who bounced back from a loss to Junction City on Thursday in the opening round of the three-day, eight-team tournament. Crook County (2-4 overall) wraps up play in the tournament today at 4 p.m. against Douglas.
CULVER — Chantelle Seehawer finished with six points to lead the Bulldogs, Sara McKinney and Hannah Lewis each scored four, but Culver fell to the Mustangs on the first day of the four-team Culver Booster Club Invitational. Culver (1-3) takes on South Wasco County today on the last day of the tournament.
North Lake 36
SILVER LAKE — Gator Aubrey led the host Cowgirls with 11 points as North Lake opened Mountain Valley League play with a win. Ashley James scored a game-high 14 points for the Grizzlies (0-1 MVL, 2-4 overall), who host Paisley today. The Cowgirls (1-0, 3-2) also play today, at Butte Falls.
Trinity Lutheran 32
KLAMATH FALLS — Kate Murphy recorded 11 points and five rebounds, Rachel Spencer finished with six points, but the Saints could not overcome a 41-17 halftime deficit before dropping their Class 1A Mountain Valley League opener to the Timberwolves. Trinity Lutheran (0-1 MVL, 3-3 overall) continues conference play tonight when it hosts Klamath Falls’ Hosanna Christian.
Sherman County 48
Central Christian 23
REDMOND — Kelsey Stealey scored 11 points and Desi Duke added 10, but the Tigers dropped their Class 1A Big Sky League opener to the Huskies. Central Christian (0-1 BSL, 1-5 overall) travels to Pendleton today to take on Nixyaawii.
La Pine 43
REDMOND — The 5A Panthers blitzed the 4A Hawks with an 18-0 run to start the game and coasted to the nonconference home win. Trevor Genz of Redmond led all scorers with 20 points, including two three-pointers. Mason Rodby added 15 points, Nate Powell had 11 and Daniel Thomas chipped in 10 for the Panthers. For La Pine, Sam Wieber scored 10 points, Tyler Parsons and Chance Syres scored seven apiece, and Gavin Boen had six points to go with five rebounds and four assists. The Hawks (4-3 overall) play today at Mountain View at 12:45 p.m. Redmond (4-1 overall) plays at home today against Pendleton, also at 12:45 p.m.
South Albany 64
ALBANY — Christian Johnson’s three-pointer drew Bend into a 62-62 tie with a minute remaining, but Riley Havlin scored with 1.5 seconds left for South Albany to beat the visiting Lava Bears. Bend trailed 32-24 at halftime before clawing back. Wyatt Beaumarchais, who made three three-point baskets, led the Bears with 15 points to go with his seven rebounds and six assists. Cody Connell had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Bend, and David Larson added 10 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots. The Lava Bears (1-3) host Madras on Tuesday night.
ASHLAND — The Storm set a school record for fewest points allowed and outscored the Grizzlies 24-4 in the third quarter to pick up a win at the three-team Ashland Rotary Hoops Classic. Cade Cattell led the way with 17 points, and Marco Lucas added 10 points and six assists. Austin Peters finished with 10 points, while Quinn Rasmussen scored eight points to go along with eight rebounds. Summit (3-2) takes on Grants Pass today for the tournament championship.
Crook County 62
PRINEVILLE — The Cowboys improved to 5-1 on the season behind 21 points and six rebounds by Preston Washechek. Marcus Greaves tallied eight points and five assists, and Dillon Dees finished with four points and six boards. Crook County hosts Gladstone today.
SISTERS — The host Outlaws remained winless despite a game-high 23 points from Eli Harrison. Ryan Pollard scored 10 points for Sisters, Cole Moore added eight, and Justin Harrer grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for the Outlaws, who committed 17 turnovers. Sisters (0-5) plays at home again today against Douglas starting at 5 p.m.
CULVER — The Bulldogs fell to the Mustangs on the first day of the four-team Culver Booster Club Invitational despite 19 points and eight boards by Clay Gibson. Ryan Fritz scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds, but the Bulldogs shot just 22 percent from the field. Culver (2-2) plays Lost River today in the consolation game of the tournament.
Trinity Lutheran 31
KLAMATH FALLS — The Saints dropped their Class 1A Mountain Valley League contest despite 17 points and five three-pointers by Gabe Phillis. Shu Akiyama scored nine points, and Nate Carpenter collected 12 rebounds. Trinity Lutheran (1-6 overall, 0-1 MVL) hosts Hosanna Christian of Klamath Falls tonight.
Sherman County 67
Central Christian 17
REDMOND — The Tigers fell into a 22-3 hole after the first quarter before falling to the Huskies in Central Christian’s Class 1A Big Sky League opener. Caleb Stewart paced the Tigers with six points, and Caleb Reynolds added four. Central Christian (1-4 overall, 0-1 BSL) visits Pendleton today to face Nixyaawii.
Cowboys sharp first day
REDMOND — Crook County took a 65-point lead in the team standings after the first day of the 20-team Adrian Irwin Memorial Tournament at Ridgeview High School. The Cowboys scored 230 points through the quarterfinals of the winners bracket and the third round of consolation. Crook County advanced 13 wrestlers into today’s semifinals. Redmond ended the day in second with 165 points, followed by Cascade of Turner (135 1⁄2 points), Mountain View (131) and Cleveland of Portland (122 1⁄2). Other Central Oregon teams participating are Bend High (eighth, 84 points), Summit (13th, 59), La Pine (14th, 50 1⁄2), Madras (15th, 50), Ridgeview (17th, 43 1⁄2) and Gilchrist (19th, nine). Semifinal matches are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. today, and finals are slated to start at approximately 2 p.m.