Despite their disappointments this season – and two more losses last weekend – the Joseph E-Gals continue to work hard and look forward to their next games.

Coach Larry Wells notes that his girls, winless all season, have at least two games left, one at home against Pine-Eagle this Friday, Feb. 8, and one (or more) at the district tournament next weekend.

“They pledge they are going to work hard until the final second of the second game,” the coach said.

The team lost Hailee McClure, one of its two highest scoring players to a stress fracture for the season a couple of weeks ago, and Wells admits the team sorely misses her.

Shooting very poorly throughout a game against the Wallowa Cougars last Friday, Feb. 1, the Joseph girls lost 37 to 23.

“We missed 11 free throws and couldn’t put the ball in the hoop, even at close range,” Wells said, adding that not even one player scored in the double-digits. The bright spots were that seven players made points, with exchange student Elli Pena adding 3 points, her first in a varsity game.

Also scoring against Wallowa were Holly Taylor, 5; Noel Taylor and Breeanna Gibson, 4 each; Satori Albee, 3 (the only 3-point shot for Joseph); and Lindsay Kemp and Sidney Cooney, 2 each.

When the E-Gals played the Old Oregon League’s top team, the Imbler Panthers (8-1), the final score was 56-26, in favor of the Panthers.

“The thing about Imbler is that you can sit there, thinking you are doing pretty well, until you look at the final score. … We lost by 30,” Wells said. “We broke their press, and felt like we got into our defense.”

Breeanna Gibson, who is often the team’s high scorer, was tied this game by Noel Taylor, with 10 points each. Wells said that Taylor met her scoring goal, and stepped up especially in the third quarter when Gibson mostly sat out in foul trouble: Taylor bagged two free throws and three field goals for a total of 8 points in that quarter.

The only other Joseph players to score against Imbler were Cooney, 4; and Kemp, 2.

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