By Paul Wahl
Wallowa County Chieftain
Wallowa High School girls varsity basketball team split the two games it played in the Wallowa Lions Tournament on Dec. 8-9.
The team was in it until the end in a game Friday against Monument/Dayville. The Cougars came out on the tail end of a 49-60 score.
Freshman Shanna Rae Tillery poured in 16 points for the Cougars, Jamie Johnston and Riley Ferré added nine each and Grace Pendarvis had six to lead the scoring.
Wallowa was plagued by fouls –– three players were invited to sit on the bench during the game.
Coach Annette Moeller said the team is making changes in its offense, and the learning curve has created the foul problem.
The Cougars walked all over Huntington on Saturday, finishing on top of a lopsided 56-9 score.
Wallowa also had defeated Huntington 21-12 on Dec. 1.
Moeller said she used the game as an opportunity to teach basics.
“Lots of players got playing time,” Moeller said.
Johnston contributed 24 points to the victory, Tillery 8, Ella Moeller 6, Pendarvis, Rylee Goller, Ferré and Ashlyn Young four each and Samantha Wightman and Bailey Hafer each had two.
The Wallowa boys team won both of its matchups in Wallowa Lions Tournament action.
Friday the Cougars defeated Monument/Dayville 49-60 and Saturday the team trumped Huntington, 39-33.
Both teams begin league play on Dec. 15 traveling to Nixyaawii and hosting Griswald on Dec. 16.