Playing perhaps their best quarter of the year, getting key buckets in the post from seniors Chelsea Frei and Olivia Soares just wasn't enough for the Cougars (2-17 overall, 0-12 OOL) to upset Cove on Friday. The Leopards (6-11, 3-9) held on for a 50-31 Old Oregon League win.
Wallowa hoped to carry over its intensity and offensive explosion of the fourth quarter of Friday's game against Cove, but that was not the case as Powder Valley defeated WHS 43-27 and handed the Cougars its 10th straight loss on Saturday.
Although not satisfied with just a moral victory, Wallowa head coach Dave Hassler was encouraged by the Cougs' performance in the final eight minutes of the game with the Leopards.
"The girls were encouraged by their play in the fourth quarter and we tried to take that momentum into Saturday's game against Powder Valley," Hassler said.
After holding WHS to a single field goal in the first quarter, Cove continued its dominance and took a 28-9 lead into the half.
The third quarter went much like the first half, with Wallowa being out shot and outscored, 15-6.
WHS began the fourth quarter with a lot more intensity and vigor on defense and better ball movement on offense, which allowed the Cougars to reel off 16 points, while holding Cove to seven, but the teams' efforts were not enough to take the lead. Frei and Soares accounted for 12 of Wallowa's 16 fourth-quarter points.
"I think we relaxed in the quarter and allowed the game to come to us," Hassler said. "We had fun running our offense and playing hard defense and it proved successful."
Frei finished the game with a team-high 14 points, while Soares chipped in with eight. Cove's Keri Reynolds burned the Cougs for 18 points, including four three-pointers. Christina McGilvray also finished with 18 points.
Wallowa travels to No. 8-ranked Joseph on Friday for an OOL matchup. Game time is at approximately 6 p.m. On Saturday, the Cougs host No. 11 Imbler (12-7, 7-5) in the team's final game of the season. Tip off is at 4 p.m.
North Powder unkind to Wallowa girlsThe Cougs came out of the gate sluggish in the first quarter against Powder Valley, but gathered its composure and made a run at the beginning of the third period. Wallowa cut the lead to 28-20, but in a matter of 45 seconds Powder Valley weathered the surge and counterpunched with six quick points to extend the lead back to 14 points.
"It stung us when Powder Valley stopped our momentum," Hassler said. "We never were able to recover effectively."
Emily Isley led the Cougs in the losing effort with seven points. Powder Valley was led by Kali Miller's 16 points.