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Eagles ladies soar, boys split in La Grande

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on December 20, 2017 9:14AM

The Eagles ladies continued their winning ways with two wins over the weekend in La Grande at the Old Oregon League/High Desert League tournament on Dec. 8-9. The ladies defeated Jordan Valley 50-44 and Crane, 44-20 respectively.

“The Jordan Valley game was a great win for our young team at this time of the year,” said Coach Lance Homan. “I am very proud of how our kids fought and always believed they would win. Alexis (Sykora) and Sabrina (Albee) carried a very big load in the scoring department in this game.”

Albee led the scoring with 19 points while Sykora tallied 18.

“The Crane game was a tough game, but a good test of how to play a game the evening before and get up early the next day for an hour-and-a-half bus ride to play at 9:30 am,” Homan said. “After halftime Alexis took things into her own hands and really sparked us with 14 points in the 3rd quarter. Alexis and Emma Hite were able to carry the lion’s share of the scoring against Crane.”

Sykora nailed the hoop for 20 points while Hite cashed in at 13.

“This was a very good weekend for us and now we are excited to get back home to play in front of our home crowd,” Homan said.

The weekend left the ladies with a 4-0 record and the ninth spot in OSAA rankings. The team next plays at Cove and Powder valley on December 15-16 respectively.

The boys split their games, falling to second-ranked Jordan Valley, 64-39 on Friday, Dec. 8, and narrowly defeating Crane the following day, 52-47.

“We should have played a lot better than that,” coach Olan Fulfer said in regards to the opener. “We had a lot of turnovers, and we need to play with more confidence.”

Chase Murray led the scoring with 10 points while Caevan Murray contributed nine points. Trey Wandscnheider chipped in six points and played excellent defense.

After the game, Fulfer told the Eagles they could let the loss get them down or learn from the experience and work hard the following day against Crane. The boys chose the latter option.

The kids responded well,” Fulfer said. “They came on the bus in good spirits the next day and had a lot of fun.”

The Eagles still committed a number of turnovers, but their high spirits couldn’t be brought down. Chase Murray led the battle with 16 points through the hoop while Jean Luc Palma poured in 13 and Caevan Murray had 10. Fulfer noted the play of junior Kade Kilgore, whose attitude and willingness make a big difference in the games.

The weekend left the Eagles with a 3-1 record and an OSAA rank of 25. They next play Cove at home on Dec. 15 and Powder Valley


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