JOSEPH — Chase Murray scored a game-high 28 points and Joseph needed every one of them as the Eagle boys shook off their first loss and outlasted Cove at home Tuesday, June 1, 71-63.
Mason Ferré added 17 points and Javon Brown scored 13 as Joseph opened up a 43-25 halftime lead, then held on at Cove inched closer. A 20-11 third quarter helped the Leopards cut their deficit in half, but Joseph had enough, as Murray scored 11 of his points in the fourth to help preserve the win.
Tee Ledbetter had 26 points to lead Cove, including 19 in the second half, and Pat Frisch added 16 points.
Joseph girls edge Wallowa again
The Wallowa girls gave Joseph all they could handle for the second time this season, but were doomed by a big fourth quarter from the Eagles as Joseph held on for a 33-29 victory Wednesday, June 2, in Wallowa.
Sabrina Albee was the lynchpin again for the Eagles. The senior scored 25 points, including all 14 of Joseph’s first-half points, the team’s first 16 points and 19 of the team’s first 20 points.
But the Eagles entered the fourth trailing 24-20 before Cooper Nave and Aimee Meyers hit important 3-pointers to help the Eagles rally. Albee added two big buckets late to help secure the win.
The teams were neck-and-neck all night in the low-scoring battle, tied at 2-2 after one and 14-14 at the break.
Zoe Hermens and Libby Fisher, both of whom had eight points to lead Wallowa, had four points apiece in the third as the Cougars built a four-point lead after three quarters. Sophie Moeller added six points, and had a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter for the Cougars.
Meyers had five points for Joseph.
The Eagles (4-2 overall) visited Echo Tuesday, June 8, and Ontario Wednesday, June 9, while Wallowa hosts Union Friday, June 11, and is at Enterprise Saturday, June 12.
Cougar girls take down Imbler
Ella Moeller scored 14 points, Zoe Hermens added 13, and the Wallowa Cougars used huge first and third quarters to pull away from Imbler for a 37-23 victory Friday, June 4, at home.
The Cougars outscored Imbler 15-3 in the opening quarter, getting six points from Kyla Hook, five from Moeller and four from Hermens to set the tone for the game. The Panthers rallied to get within 19-15 at the break, but another offensive burst in the third, led by Moeller, who had seven points in the period — pushed the lead to 34-20.
Hook scored eight points in the win.
Big third quarter dooms Wallowa boys
The Wallowa boys basketball team was done in by a huge third quarter Friday, June 4, as Imbler rallied after halftime to earn a 50-39 victory in Wallowa.
Tristin Bales and Zeb Hermens combined for all 22 of Wallowa’s points in the first half — Bales with 12 and Hermens with 10 — as the Cougars took a 22-19 lead at the break.
Imbler, though, turned the tables with a 19-3 third-quarter run, with eight of those points coming from Bryce Hampton, to take a 38-25 lead after three. Hermens scored seven points in the fourth to try and rally Wallowa, but the comeback fell short.
Hermens finished with 17 points to lead the Cougars, while Bales added 14 points.
Wallowa (1-4 overall) hosts Union Friday and visits Enterprise Saturday.
Enterprise girls topple Echo
The Enterprise Outlaws carried over momentum from Tuesday’s win at Wallowa.
Having several key rotation players back helped, too.
Claire Farwell scored a game-high 12 points, and the Outlaws had a big second quarter on their way to a 38-24 win at Echo Saturday, June 5.
The teams were tied at 5-5 after one, but Enterprise outscored the Cougars 14-2 in the second to break things open and take a 19-7 lead at halftime. Rylin Kirkland had four points in the quarter to lead the balanced effort.
Farwell had six points in the third to help put the game out of reach.
Asiya Salim added eight points for Enterprise, and Kirkland netted seven points.
Enterprise (3-2 overall) hosted Union Tuesday, is at Imbler Wednesday, hosts Wallowa Saturday and Powder Valley Monday.
Enterprise boys fall to Echo
Dylan Jennings had 12 points to lead a balanced offensive attack, but the Enterprise boys basketball team fell short in its bid for its first win, dropping a road contest to Echo Saturday, June 5, 67-50.
Both Jackson Decker and Gideon Gray added 10 points for the Outlaws (0-5 overall), who play six games this week. Enterprise hosted Union Tuesday, visits Imbler Wednesday, is at Joseph Thursday, battles Pine Eagle and later Wallowa at home Saturday, and hosts Powder Valley Monday.