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Friday, March 3, 2017
2A Tournament Roundup
Pioneers beat defending champ Vernonia
boys, girls both advance
Staff photo by Kathy Aney
Weston-McEwen head coach Jeff Griggs claps for his team during Wednesday’s
2A state championship quarterfinal game against Imbler at the Pendleton Con-
IMBLER: Moves into semifinals against Monroe
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began grabbing her ankle and wailing in pain.
The TigerScots were down 40-32 at that
point, and had already lost starting post
Sarah Finifrock to fouls.
“Her (Quaempts) injury is sufficient to
keep her out for the tournament,” Griggs
“It changed,” Rudd said of the on-court
atmosphere. “I think her teammates were
kind of worried for her. She played a great
game and she was just out there and was
Finifrock scored eight points and had
six rebounds before fouling out with 4:10
to play, but even before she was sent to
the bench Imbler had begun taking over
the game’s momentum by beating the
TigerScots to the punch on the glass.
Neither team shot well in the first half,
going a combined 10-for-43 (23.3 percent)
as Weston-McEwen clawed its way to an
18-16 lead at the break.
“We certainly hustled and worked hard
on the boards, and did the small things that
keep you in ball games, and we actually
controlled the tempo better in the first
half,” Griggs said. “And in the second half
we moved away from that. … (Imbler)
got some putbacks that they hadn’t had
By boxing Imbler out in the lanes,
Weston-McEwen had been able to limit
their chances in the first half, but the
Panthers started finding their way to some
offensive rebounds in the second half and
after Kailey Smith converted a pair of free
throws to give them a 25-24 lead, Hannah
Kilpatrick grabbed a rebound and put it
back to make it 27-24 with 2:31 left in the
A putback by Rudd made it 29-24, and
then a fastbreak started by a Rudd block
and finished by a Kilpatrick layup gave
the game its largest margin to that point
at 31-24 with 38 seconds left in the third.
Quaempts drained a three-pointer with
21 seconds left, but Caysie McGinness
answered at the other end with a triple just
before the buzzer to take Imbler into the
fourth ahead 34-27.
“I think it was the nerves in the first
half, the second half we just kind of put
it aside and, like, ‘This is our game, we’re
not going to give up,’” Rudd said.
Quaempts tried to bring the TigerScots
back into it by driving the lane and
drawing contact, but the calls she was
getting earlier in the game dried up in
the fourth quarter, and Imbler was able
to extend its lead by getting a couple
uncontested lay-ups in transition. Then a
putback by Malia Hassan made it 38-29
before Finifrock fouled out.
“I just felt like we played together as a
team,” Rudd said, “and getting a rebound,
and going is the best thing that can happen
with our team right now.”
After Quaempts left with her injury,
Weston-McEwen was unable to mount
any type of last-minute comeback attempt.
“I think what you saw with the partic-
ular mix of kids, they were a little bit
unsure as to what their assignment was in
the last minute,” Griggs said. “When you
get that last-minute offense going I think
we were a little indecisive.”
PENDLETON — There
will be a new champion in
Class 2A for 2017, as the
defending champion and No.
9 seed Vernonia Loggers fell
to the No. 1 seed Western
Mennonite Pioneers 51-44 in
the quarterfinals on Thursday
at Pendleton High School.
Keaton Hull led Western
Mennonite (24-6) with
15 points and nailed three
3-pointers, while Simeon
Hess had 14 points on 5 of
8 shooting to go with seven
rebounds. Vernonia’s Brett
Elliott led all scorers with 19
points on 8 of 13 shooting
and Tristan Adams added 13
Vernonia took the first lead
of the game at 2-0 on jumper
by Elliott and led again at
4-3, but Western Mennonite
took a 5-4 lead on a layup by
Hess at the 5:05 mark in the
first and never again trailed.
Western Mennonite to the
semifinals where it will
take on league-foe No. 4
Santiam today at 3:15 p.m.
at the Convention Center.
Meanwhile, Vernonia looks
to stay alive in consolation as
it plays No. 5 Imbler at 9 a.m.
at the Convention Center.
12 10 13
9 — 44
16 14 10 11 — 51
VERNONIA — B. Elliott 19, T. Adams 13,
C. Sullivan 8, L. McCallum 2, B. Jones 2, B.
Clark, J. Handegard, G. Harral.
WESTERN MENNONITE — K. Hull 15, S.
Hess 14, P. Richardson 7, M. Hull 5, I. Rush
4, D. Berkey 3, C. Nofziger 3, A. Nicoli, J.
Williams, H. Martin.
3-pointers — VHS 3, WM 6. Free throws
— VHS 9-14, WM 9-15. Fouls — VHS 18,
WM 13. Fouled out — C. Sullivan, B. Jones
Staff photo by Kathy Aney
Weston-McEwen’s Chelsea Quaempts
(32) races downcourt after a steal
during Thursday’s 2A state champion-
ship quarterfinal game against Imbler
at the Pendleton Convention Center.
Weston-McEwen actually out-re-
bounded Imbler 34-32 and pulled down
20 offensive boards, but shot 9-for-44
(20.5 percent) for the game. Imbler shot
16-for-58 (27.6 percent) for the game, but
saved its best for last and was 7-for-18
(38.9 percent) in the fourth quarter.
It was the third time the teams had met
this season with Imbler taking the series
2-1, but Sweet said the last two games
didn’t weigh much on their preparations
for Thursday’s meeting.
“We played them in December, the
third weekend of the season, and we
played them literally back-to-back,” she
said. “So you go in expecting that we’re
both different teams at that point in the
year. We knew we were both improved …
we’re just taking things game by game,
day by day, and trying to be our best.”
Imbler moves into the semifinals where
it plays Monroe on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at
Pendleton Convention Center.
Weston-McEwen heads into the
morning elimination game against Regis
at 9 a.m. at Pendleton High.
“Playing these games is all about
representing your community and they
represented that well, represented the
school well,” Griggs said. “They nothing
to be ashamed of. They may be regretful
because they lost but they have nothing to
“And I can’t say enough about that Sea
of Red up there (in the stands). Making it
to the Elite Eight is a huge honor for us
and hopefully that color base will follow
us up there (to Pendleton High).”
9 — 36
8 8 18 14 — 48
WESTON-MCEWEN — C. Quaempts 17, S. Finifrock 8, K.
Vescio 6, B. Hillmick 3, A. Schroeder 2, S. Von Borstel, M.
Muilenburg, A. Finifrock, A. Coffman.
IMBLER — L. Robertson 13, J. Rudd 10, K. Smith 8, H. Kilpat-
rick 6, K. Smith 5, C. McGinness 5, M. Hassan 4, K. Stirewalt
2, C. Birkmaier, T. McKaig, K. Barry, G. Smith, F. Burnette.
3-pointers — W-M 2; IHS 2. Free throws — W-M 16-24; IHS
14-24. Fouls — W-M 18; IHS 17. Fouled out — S. Finifrock
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SANTIAM 54, IMBLER
39 — The Santiam Wolver-
ines made quick work of
the Imbler Panthers in their
2A quarterfinal match-up on
Thursday, putting away the
Panthers with a 54-39 victory.
Santiam (22-4) led by
as much as 18-0 in the first
quarter, before Imbler finally
got on the board with a
jumper by Marshal Whitaker
with 19 seconds left to make
it 18-2 after one. Imbler got
a rhythm going on offense
in the second quarter and
eventually cut the deficit to
just six points at 21-15 with
3:45 left in the half, but that
first quarter hole proved to be
too big for the Panthers to dig
Jonah Downey paced
Santiam with 12 points,
while Riley Nicot, Julian
Downey and Noah Butler
each pitched in nine points
apiece. Brandon McGilvray
led Imbler with 11 points
and Whitaker and Trayse
Riggle each followed with
Santiam will now play
Western Mennonite in the
semifinals today at 3:15 p.m.
at the Convention Center.
The two teams met three
times in the regular season,
with Santiam 1-2 in those
meetings. Imbler will play
No. 9 Vernonia in the conso-
lation bracket today at 9 a.m.
at the Convention Center.
8 14 — 39
7 12 — 54
IMBLER — B. McGilvray 11, M. Whitaker
10, T. Riggle 10, H. VanLeuven 3, C. Gorham
2, A. Knife 2, W. McDonald 1, G. Tritchka, R.
Patterson, G. Smith, C. Breshears.
SANTIAM — Jo. Downey 12, Ju. Downey
9, R. Nicot 9, N. Butler 9, A. Fawcett 8,
J. Fawcett 5, K. Amaral 2, J. Ballard, A.
Casner, D. Whitmire.
3-pointers — IHS 3, SHS 8. Free throws
— IHS 6-11, SHS 4-7. Fouls — IHS 11,
LIFE CHRISTIAN 49,
41 — At Pendleton, the
Lions continued to hold
the Knights’ number on
Thursday in the 2A boys
basketball state quarterfinals
at Pendleton High School.
For the third time this
season No. 6 Life Christian
(23-6) knocked off its North-
west League foe to reach its
first state semifinals.
Its losses to the Lions are
the only three all season for
No. 3 Columbia Christian
Zeke Quinlan scored 21
points and pulled down 10
rebounds to lead the Lions,
and he had two crucial free
throws down the stretch, as
did Bo Quinlan and Jonah
Wooten. Zac Ross added 14
points, and Bo Quinlan and
Tim Vasilyev each had five
Levi Dalzell scored a
jumper with 3:32 left to pull
Columbia Christian within
42-38, but that was as close
as they missed their next six
shots and didn’t score again
until Isiah Mariscal’s three-
pointer with seven second
Dalzell finished with 20
points and eight rebounds
to lead Columbia Christian,
Hunter Endresen added
eight points and five assists,
and Robert Wagner had
seven points, four assists
and three steals.
The Knights face an
elimination game against
Oakridge Friday at 10:45
a.m. at Pendleton Conven-
Life Christian moves into
the semifinals to play No. 2
Stanfield at 8:15 p.m. at the
16 7 12 14 — 49
13 10 11
7 — 41
LIFE CHRISTIAN — Z. Quinlan 21, Z.
Ross 14, B. Quinlan 6, T. Vasilyev, J. Woo-
ten 4, B. Lambert, P. Luman.
COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN — L. Dalzell 20,
H. Endresen 8, R. Wagner 7, L. Morris 3,
I. Mariscal 3, C. Wetherald, D. Blake, C.
Reddix, C. Evans, E. Bishop, L. Berndt.
3-pointers — LC 4; CC 5. Free throws —
LC 13-17; CC 4-4. Fouls — LC 9; CC 18.
Fouled out — R. Wagner (CC).
MONROE 47, REGIS
43 — The No. 1 seeded
Monroe Dragons survived
a scare at the hands of the
No. 9 seed Regis Rams in
the Class 2A quarterfinals
on Thursday, hanging on for
a 47-43 victory at the Pend-
leton Convention Center.
Monroe (26-0) jumped
on the Rams (15-11) right
out of the gate, opening
up a 13-2 lead at the end
of the first quarter. But the
Rams battled back in the
middle quarters, outscoring
the Dragons 32-20 to hold
a 34-33 lead at the end of
But then the Dragons
were able to grab the
momentum back pull out the
victory to keep their perfect
Madison Ballard led
Monroe with 18 points and
four steals, and Emily Stahl
added 10 points and eight
rebounds. Kirsten Koehnke
led Regis with 18 points on
8 of 16 shooting and added
Monroe moves on to the
semifinals where it will play
No. 5 Imbler at 1:30 p.m.
at the Convention Center,
while Regis will play No. 13
Weston-McEwen at 9 a.m. at
Pendleton High School.
2 15 17
9 — 43
13 10 10 14 — 47
REGIS — K. Koehnke 18, G. Firth 8, M.
Lopez 5, P. Rickman 4, H. Moll 3, A. Firth
3, A. Ditter 2, V. Clute.
MONROE — M. Ballard 18, E. Stahl 10,
K. Martin 6, R. Gwillim 6, P. Greene 4, C.
Knaggs 3, P. Bodl.
3-pointers — RHS 5, MHS 4. Free
throws — RHS 6-11, MHS 13-20. Fouls —
RHS 18, MHS 14. Fouled out — A. Firth
(RHS), P. Greene (MHS).
NITE 39, EAST LINN
CHRISTIAN 32 — At
Pendleton, Madison Hull
scored 25 points with 12
rebounds and Western
Mennonite scored five
points of turnovers to close
out East Linn Christian
in the quarterfinals on
The Pioneers (22-7)
scored all of their fourth-
quarter points at the free
throw line going 9-for-13 as
the Eagles (16-11) tried to
make up the slim margin.
A turnover with 17
seconds left gave the ball
back to Western Mennonite
with a four-point lead and
Annika Hess hit her first free
throw to make it 37-32, then
Hull grabbed the rebound on
the second shot and made
both of her shots when East
Linn Christian sent her to
Sydney Nichol scored
17 points with 14 rebounds
and three steals to lead the
Eagles. Grace Wilson added
Hull also had five steals,
and Hess finished with seven
points for the Pioneers.
Western Mennonite gets
a Tri-River Conference
rematch in the semifinals
where it faces Kennedy
at 6:30 p.m. at Pendleton
East Linn Christian plays
Grant Union at 10:45 a.m. at
Pendleton High School in an
8 — 32
10 7 13
9 — 39
EAST LINN CHRISTIAN — S. Nichol 17,
M. Horner 6, R. Busek 5, G. Wilson 4, M.
Christenson, M. Wilson.
WESTERN MENNONITE — M. Hull 25,
A. Hess 7, L. Foster 4, P. Hopper 3, L.
Pack, M. Choi.
3-pointers — ELC 1; WM 3. Free throws
— ELC 7-10; WM 12-18. Fouls — ELC 17;
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