Ashlyn Gray

Enterprise Outlaws player Ashlyn Gray looks toward the hoop during the Outlaws' 38-37 loss to the Heppner Mustangs on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

The Outlaws girls had a mixed week splitting a pair of basketball games versus Heppner Feb. 11 and Pilot Rock, Feb. 14 Enterprise faced Heppner and came off with an uncharacteristic loss, 38-37.

The Outlaws led through much of the contest only to see their efforts fall apart in the waning minutes.

The game was mostly a defensive struggle with the Outlaws leading 8-5 after the first and 13-10 at the half. The girls outscored the Mustangs 12 to 11 in the third quarter and started the fourth quarter strong, eventually building a nine-point lead, which they held with less than two minutes remaining.

At that point, catastrophe took over with fouls, miscues and missed easy shots becoming the norm for the Outlaws. the Mustangs took advantage of their good fortune and wasting no time, began to chip away at the Enterprise lead.

The game was tied at 37 when an Enterprise foul allowed the Mustangs to take a one-point lead with less than 20 seconds on the clock. The Outlaws roared back up the court, but a turnover spoiled their chances for a victory.

The team shot only 28 percent from the floor which contributed to the loss. No one scored in double digits.

“It didn't end up well,” coach Mike Crawford said. “That may be something that was good for us in the end. We have focused ourselves better than we did prior, and ILike where we're at and see what happens.”

Ashlyn Gray led the scoring with eight points, while Carsyn Miller knocked 7 through the hoop.

On the defensive side, Miller snagged seven rebounds and Gray picked up four steals and four assists.

The girls had better luck on Friday as they won their final regular season game, defeating the Pilot Rock Rockets 58-31 at Pilot Rock.

Carsyn Miller and Ashlyn Gray led the scoring with 13 and 11 points respectively. Claire Farwell and Asiya Salim added six points each to the cause.

Defensively, Gray collected eight rebounds. Three other players harvested five rebounds each. Claire Farwell had four thefts and six assists to her credit.

“My team played real well there,” Coach Crawford said. “I'm really excited about it. We've got a hard game ahead of us on that one — We win that game we get to play for a district championship.”

The girls ended their season with an 8-4 League record and 16-5 overall. They are tied for second place in the Blue Mountain Conference. They next play Stanfield at District in Pendleton.

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