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Lady Outlaws move on to state

Boys wrap up season with loss to Elgin

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on February 20, 2018 2:47PM

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Enterprise senior Gracie Carlsen plays defense against Elgin’s Hannah McClure during Friday’s district tournament game in La Grande.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Enterprise senior Gracie Carlsen plays defense against Elgin’s Hannah McClure during Friday’s district tournament game in La Grande.

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Lady Outlaw Karli Bedard ties it up with Elgin’s Sarah Becker during Friday’s matchup in district play at La Grande High School.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Lady Outlaw Karli Bedard ties it up with Elgin’s Sarah Becker during Friday’s matchup in district play at La Grande High School.

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Outlaw senior Brycen Locke works the ball as Elgin’s Ian Smith makes a defensive move on his left during Friday’s district basketball tournament action in La Grande.

Paul Wahl/Chieftain Outlaw senior Brycen Locke works the ball as Elgin’s Ian Smith makes a defensive move on his left during Friday’s district basketball tournament action in La Grande.

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The Enterprise Lady Outlaws missed the Wapiti league title while the boys fell off their horse with a season-ending defeat against Elgin in district playoffs at La Grande Feb. 16-17.

The ladies met Elgin on Friday, defanging the Huskies with a 45-31 victory, despite shooting only 28 percent from the field.

Gracie Carlsen led the Outlaws with 11 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor with an identical percentage from outside the paint. She was the only Outlaw to sink a three-pointer in the contest.

Lexie Gassett and Riley Gray followed with eight points apiece and Ashlyn Gray put six points through the rim. Karli Bedard hauled down 16 rebounds and denied three Huskies shots while contributing four points for the win.

Saturday’s game against Grant Union saw the Outlaws just missing victory against Grant Union, falling 45-37 in a hard-fought battle.

The Outlaws were down 29-27 going into the final quarter where they tied the game at one point, only to see it slip away as they scored only 10 compared to the Prospectors’ 16. Poor floor shooting, 29 percent, contributed toward the loss.

“We battled ourselves into the same type of deal as when Grant Union played here,” Coach Mike Crawford said. “We did everything we could to get us there, everything but make the baskets.” He added that several key turnovers also helped turn the tide against the Outlaws.

Carlsen and Riley Gray led the scoring with 11 points each while Ashlyn Gray again knocked six points in the bucket and stuffed two Grant Union shots. Reece Christman pulled down 11 rebounds for the cause, and Riley Gray stuffed two Prospector’s shots.

The ladies head to Oakland on Feb. 23 for their first state playoff game.

Outlaw boys

The boys won two of three over last week with a critical Friday loss to Elgin blowing their chances at a state playoff berth. The Outlaws met up with Union on Feb. 13, prevailing in an exciting 56-54 overtime victory over the Bobcats.

The Elgin game saw the boys hand over the victory on a silver platter to the Huskies. The Outlaws came up on the losing end of a 40-35 score due to a lack of poise in the clutch.

“It was a little disappointing,” Coach Larry Wells said. “It was obviously a key game for us to get into state.”

The team held a 12-point halftime lead over Elgin, 25-13. According to Coach Wells, the team decided to hold with their game plan at the break, but only scored 10 more points the remainder of the game, six points in the third quarter and four in the fourth.

He added that it had been the team intention to hold Elgin to 40 points, but the lack of offense was a factor. Several key Outlaws players failed to deliver from the floor.

Brett Greenshields led the scoring with 12 while Dylan Marr score eight. No other player had more than five points,

The final Outlaws game on Saturday was a little brighter as the boys ended the season with a 52-47 victory in a second meeting with Union.

Jimmy Wells led the scoring with 24 points after scoring only two against Elgin. Chris Bathke had his best game of the season, scoring nine and playing excellent defense and team ball.

“We executed everything that we needed to and made adjustments where we needed to,” Wells said. “We played team basketball in the final chapter for these seniors.”

The boys ended their season with a 3-5 Wapiti League record, finishing third, while compiling a 9-13 record overall.





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