By Paul Wahl
Wallowa County Chieftain
Wallowa High School Lady Cougars chalked up one win and a near-win in play last week, leaving them 2-4 in league play thus far.
Wallowa came within six points of beating Cove on Friday after being down 19 at one juncture and battling back to a four-point spread. Final score was 38-32.
“This was an exciting game,” said coach Annette Moeller. “We came out of our funk after the half-time break and got with it.”
In the second quarter, Cove posted 17 points to Wallowa’s three.
“We talked a lot at half-time about knowing they can do this and not giving up,” Moeller said. “Although the score says we lost, it really was a win for us in many ways.”
Sophomore Jamie Johnston led scoring for the Cougs with 17, Shanna Ray Tillery added 9 and Riley Ferré, Rylee Goller and Samantha Wightman had two apiece.
Cove is 2-4 in league play.
Wallowa’s second league victory of the season came Saturday against Echo. The first was Jan. 5 against Pine Eagle.
The Lady Cougars held their own with Echo’s squad throughout most of the game. Wallowa led, 17-13 at the half, stumbled a bit in the third period and then came roaring back with 23 points in the fourth for the win, 49-47.
Johnston poured in 20 points for Wallowa, Tillery 7, Grace Pendarvis 5, Ashlyn Young, Ferré and Goller each had 4 and Ella Moeller contributed 3.
Three Lady Cougar players fouled out and one was injured, so the team’s younger players had to come in to help save the day.
The girls will be mid-way through their league season after this Friday’s game with Powder Valley.
Moeller said she is pleased with the progress the team has made.
“The results of their 32-minute work ethic are starting to come through,” she said.
This weeks games against Powder Valley and Nixyaawii will be a test of their mettle. Powder Valley is 5-1 in league play and Nixyaawii is 6-0, and the teams are ranked second and third, respectively, in the state in Division 1A.
Wallowa High School Boys Basketball team split two games in action last week. The Cougars fell to Cove on Friday, 49-53, and defeated Echo Saturday, 54-49.
The boys are 3-3 in league play and 8-7 overall for the season. They have defeated Imbler, Pine River and Echo in league play.