State’s 6th-ranked Badgers  dispose of WHS Cougars

<p>Wallowa junior Spencer Shelton looks for the basket while playing the Joseph boys in the Cougar Dome Friday evening.</p>

Sixth among 1A schools in the state of Oregon, the Powder Valley boys’ basketball team, utilizing its speed and overall skillset to maximum advantage, easily outdistanced Wallowa 79-41 in North Powder Saturday night.

Led by junior Marcus Pratt who popped in six 3-point field goals in the first half, the Badgers raced to a 52-21 halftime advantage and coasted thereafter for the win.

One highlight for the Cougars (7-14, 4-5 league) was the play of Kody Swift. Swift scored 11 points and led all Cougar rebounders with nine retrieves. Most impressive among those nine rebounds was the fact that seven of them were of the offensive variety.

Wallowa’s top scorer Wes Conrad was limited to only nine shots on goal, and yet still remained WHS’s highest point producer for the game with 13 points. Cougar senior Pierce Millar snared seven rebounds during the loss and led his team with three assists.

Spoken with one night earlier following Wallowa’s convincing thrashing of Joseph in the Cougar Dome, Millar spoke of what then was the upcoming Powder Valley game.

“They are a really good team,” he said. “What we have to do is slow down and play our game. We will have to play our style, not theirs.”

Pratt led all scorers Saturday night with 18 points and was one of three PV players who scored in double figures.

Powder Valley (19-2, 8-1 league) split two league games earlier this season played against co-Old Oregon League leader Imbler (15-3, 8-1 league).

The Badgers end their regular season at home against Cove Friday while Imbler will close out its league season in Wallowa that same evening.

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