Enterprise High School’s Winter Classic basketball tournament Dec. 8-9 saw the ladies walk away with two wins and the championship while the boys lost in their championship game.
The Outlaw girls skinned the hide off the Griswold Grizzlies, 62-38, in the Dec. 8 opener, led by senior Reece Christman’s 11 points and 63 percent shooting from the floor. Christman also had a triple-7 with seven each of rebounds, assists and steals.
Other scoring included Riley Gray with 12 points and junior Lexie Gassett’s 11.
Saturday’s championship game saw more of the same as the Outlaws applied the whip to the Elgin, walking off with an easy 63-40 win over the hapless Huskies.
Senior Ashley Exon led the charge with her 20 points, including two from outside the paint and five rebounds. Other stalwarts included Karli Bedard’s 12 points and massive defensive performance that included 15 rebounds and five steals. Sophomore Ashlyn Gray and junior Lexie Gassett each contributed nine points to the EHS cause.
“They’re playing pretty well right now,” said coach Mike Crawford. “They’re a veteran group with good team speed, and they’re pretty fun to be around. We’re tough; there’s no doubt about it.”
With the wins, the ladies jumped from 17 to five in the OSAA rankings and have a 4-1 record overall. They next play the Pilot Rock followed by McLoughlin at the Rocket Invite at Pilot Rock on Dec. 15-16.
The Outlaws boys took second in the tournament, first annihilating Griswold, a 1A school 66-12 in Friday’s opener. Saturday’s game saw a near miss as the boys fell 51-48 to second-ranked Elgin in the championship bout.
The boys were led by Jimmy Wells’ 23-point performance as he proved the only Outlaws player who consistently broke through the zone defense of the Huskies. Turnovers and a lack of play on the boards that saw the Outlaws repeatedly allow the Huskies second and third shots at the hoop led to the EHS demise, although the Outlaws sport three players who are at least six-and-a-half-feet tall while the Huskies have no one over six feet. Even then, the Outlaws led 48-46 near the final minute when an Outlaws player forced a turnover only to immediately give the ball back, putting an end to an opportunity that would have effectively ended the game.
Coach Larry Wells said that the Griswold game allowed him to platoon his subs on the court, giving his younger players court experience while allowing his starters to have fresh legs under them for Saturday’s championship game.
“We broke their press, which wasn’t so difficult,” Wells said. “We had a lot of two-on-ones that we didn’t convert on the back side. Those hurt at the end of the day. I’d like to have those four or five lay-ins.”
He also mentioned a lack of consistency at the free-throw line that contributed to the loss.
The loss left the Outlaws with a 3-2 record overall. The Outlaws boys are also participating in the Rock Invite tournament in Pilot Rock.