Wallowa High School Girls Basketball team ended their season with two losses.
The Lady Cougars held Echo fairly close, losing 25-39, but were trounced by Powder Valley, 24-80.
Wallowa defeated Echo last time around and had expected to see the same result, coach Annette Moeller said.
Echo came out to a fast start, outscoring Wallowa 12-2 in the first quarter.
Shanna Rae Tillery led scoring with 10, Grace Pendarvis and Ashlyn Young had 3 each and Riley Ferré, Ella Moeller and Bailey Hafer two each.
“We were 3-for-17 from the free-throw line and that makes up a lot of points for us,” Coach Moeller said. “We also didn’t shoot well as the girls experienced a lot of pressure to win to continue into districts.”
Powder Valley scored 20 points in the opening quarter and never looked back.
Tillery had 10 for Wallowa, Ferré had six, Young 4 and Moeller and Hafer had two apiece.
“Powder Valley has several seniors who had been playing together for some time,” Coach Moeller said.
“We just couldn’t get our shots to fall.”
Although the Lady Cougs will not be advancing to post-season play, Coach Moeller said she rates the season as good.
“This was a very young team, but every game we saw improvement,” she said.
Even coaches of opposing teams noticed the efforts.
“Next year we’ll be contenders with this group,” Coach Moeller added. “They gave it their all every time they walked on the floor.”
The Wallowa Boys Varsity team finished the season with a nail-biter win over Echo, 58-55, and a drubbing by Powder Valley, 16-79.