Wallowa High School played and lost six games over the week between the boys and girls squads, four at the Rocket Invite tournament in Pilot Rock.
Wallowa High School boys varsity team took on the Cove Leopards Thursday, December 13, in Cove and came away with a 43-26 loss. The Cougars never got off the ground as they trailed 15-7 after the first quarter and 29-15 at the half.
Tristin Bales led scoring with 18 points, followed by Zeb Hermens, Mason Moore and Wyatt Prince, who each scored 2 points. Star player Christopher Nobles badly sprained his ankle during an earlier practice and is sidelined until January.
Enterprise proved another bump in the road as the Cougs at the buzzer showed a 30-28 loss at the Outlaws’ hands. The Cougars started out strong, as they led 6-4 after the first quarter but faltered and trailed 21-14 at the half.
Bales led scoring with 14 points, followed by Wyatt Prince with three points.
The boys played Pilot Rock on the following day, coming up on the short end of a 55-38 score. The offense again started slow as the Cougs trailed 10-7 after the first quarter and 13-28 at the half.
Tristin Bales stepped up with 13 points, followed by Ryan Hafer and Zane Hermens who each scored seven points with Zane Mallory contributing five points to the Cougar cause.
The week left the Cougars with a 2-5 season record. They next travel out of town to play the La Grande JV on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
The Cougars girls also faced a tough week with three losses.
The Cougs traveled to the lair of the Cove Leopards Thursday, December 13, in Cove and came away with a hard-fought 32-29 loss. The girls showed some promise with the score tied 6-6 after the first quarter although they trailed 15-13 at the half.
Jamie Johnston led scoring with 10 points, followed by Riley Ferre with nine points. Shanna Rae Tillery, and Ashlyn Young each scored 4 points in a balanced scoring effort.
Friday did not bring good tidings for the ladies as they fell to the Weston-McEwen TigerScots with a 48-37 loss. The Cougs showed some promise of victory, as they led 9-7 after the first quarter and 18-17 at the half.
Tillery deposited 16 points in the hoop, followed by Jamie Johnston who raised seven points while Bailey Hafer and Ashlyn Young each scored 4 points.
Wallowa played Enterprise on Saturday in a futile contest that saw the girls come out on the bottom end of a 46-30 score. Shanna Rae Tillery did her part, scoring 13 in the effort, seven in the final two minutes.
Like the boys, the offense never gained traction as the ladies trailed 11-3 after the first quarter and 23-8 at the half.
Along with Tillery, Riley Ferre came knocking with six points while Jamie Johnston bucketed four points in the effort.
The week saw the girls with a 2-6 season record. They next play Thursday, Dec. 20, at Echo.