Wallowa County chieftain. (Enterprise, Wallowa County, Or.) 1943-current, January 24, 2018, Page A11, Image 11

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January 24, 2018
Boys founder in two games, hurt by turnovers
By Stephen Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
Last week’s Jan. 19-20 bas-
ketball schedule saw the Out-
law girls continue their win-
ning ways with victories over
Union at home on Friday
and over Imbler at an away
game on Saturday. The boys
lost both their corresponding
games, leaving them at the
bottom of the Wapiti League.
Despite only shooting 27
percent from the floor, the
Outlaw girls outlasted Union,
40-34, in a brutally physi-
cal game that somehow saw
mainly the Outlaws getting
called for fouls. The Bob-
cats’ poor free-throw shoot-
ing did not allow them to take
advantage of the opportunities
Coach Mike Crawford said
the ladies weren’t accustomed
to playing such physical ball,
and it took the team some time
to adjust.
“It was played pretty
rough,” he said. “I’ve played
Union a lot of times, and
they’re not a finesse team.
It makes it difficult to be a
smooth, quality basketball
team when you’re getting beat
on, but we weathered it and got
it done.”
Because of the number of
foul shots, 43, the game had
little rhythm or tempo. The
Bobcats only scored nine field
goals while the rest of their
points came at the free throw
line. Enterprise scored 17 bas-
kets from the field. The Out-
laws led 16-9 at the end of the
first quarter but the Bobcats
narrowed the gap to 22-21 at
halftime. Enterprise came out
with a determined second half,
outscoring Union 18-13, seal-
ing the victory.
Riley Gray led the scor-
ing with 12 points, shoot-
ing 55 percent from the field.
Reece Christman followed
with seven points and five
rebounds. Both Gracie Carlsen
and Ashley Exon contributed
six points to the effort.
The game at Imbler proved
a blowout with the Outlaws
Steve Tool/Chieftain
Enterprise High School post
Brycen Locke goes up for
two during the Outlaws’ 46-
41 home loss to Union on
Friday, Jan. 19.
When you’re
turning the ball
over as much as
we are, you’re not
moving the ball on
offense sufficiently
enough to get high-
percentage shots.”
— Larry Wells
Outlaws’ boys coach
did, the ball didn’t fall in. Hav-
ing two players, Brycen Locke
and Greenshields, in the six-
foot-six range under the bas-
ket failed to provide much
momentum for the team.
The following day saw
the Outlaws playing better
ball, but still coming up short
on the scoring end, suffering
another loss to Imbler, 51-47,
in another game rife with turn-
overs. Coach Wells said the
team played well in the sec-
ond half but had committed 18
turnovers by the end of the first
The Outlaws picked up the
pace in the second half, cutting
turnovers drastically and out-
scoring the Panthers, 31-23,
but not enough to make up
for the first half. The Outlaws
even briefly led the game early
in the fourth quarter
Greenshields led the scor-
ing with 15, followed by
Wells’ nine points, again, more
than half the team’s total. No
other Outlaw player scored
more than five.
“If you don’t have the bas-
ketball, it’s hard to challenge
a team defensively,” Wells
said. He did credit the Outlaws
defense for hard work.
“I feel like our defense is
good. It’s keeping us in these
games despite our 20-25
Other action
Steve Tool/Chieftain
EHS hoopster Gracie Carlsen, center, makes the long pass down court to teammate Riley
Gray during the second half of the Outlaws’ 40-34 victory on Friday, Jan. 19, at Quinn Colis-
shooting 42 percent from the
floor and staggering the Pan-
thers with a 45-23 victory.
Crawford said that Imbler tried
to slow the pace of the game
with limited success. The Out-
laws led at the half, 20-18,
before storming out in the sec-
ond half, crushing the Panthers
Imbler got one three-
pointer and two free throws
in the second half,” Crawford
said. “We really bounced back
and looked like ourselves in
the second half.”
both contests.
Friday’s 46-41 loss at the
hands of the Union Bobcats
showed a team whose short
attention span gave up 20-plus
turnovers, many at critical
moments down the stretch.
Scoring was also spotty
with Jimmy Wells’ 16 points
and Brett Greenshields’ 12
accounted for more than half
the team’s total.
In fact, Wells hit three con-
secutive shots from outside the
paint, the only thing that kept
Enterprise in the game during
Karli Bedard led the Out-
laws with 10 points while
shooting 63 percent from the
floor. Riley Gray and Shelby
Moncrief each delivered
eight into the Outlaw cof-
fers. Carlsen and Gray led on
the boards with seven and six
rebounds respectively.
Boys action
The Outlaw boys lost both
their games to the same oppo-
nents. Turnovers, and not the
kind you get at the bakery,
spelled doom for the boys in
the first half, accounting for 12
of the team’s first 14 points.
However, when Wells’ hot
hand cooled, no one stepped in
to pick up the slack.
“When you’re turning
the ball over as much as we
are, you’re not moving the
ball on offense sufficiently
enough to get high-percent-
age shots,” said coach Larry
Wells. “We’re losing games by
four to five points and 20 pos-
sessions can easily turn into 20
points. We’re not making their
defense work hard enough.”
The Outlaws couldn’t pen-
etrate Union’s 1-2-2 zone, but
the team failed to either take
perimeter shots, or when they
Both Outlaw teams next
play away at John Day on Fri-
day, Jan. 26.
The Outlaw ladies played
Elgin on Jan. 13, trouncing the
Huskies, 58-33, in the Satur-
day contest. Senior Riley Gray
led the scoring with 13 points
while Ashley Exon, Gracie
Carlsen and Karli Bedard mus-
tered 10 points each.
On the same day, the Out-
law boys suffered a 54-51 loss
at Elgin. Brycen Locke led
the scoring, pouring 14 points
into the bucket while reli-
able Jimmy Wells contributed
12 to the cause. Brett Green-
shields and Rylie Hayward
scored nine and eight points
Grapplers on the road to district
By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
Both Enterprise and the
Joseph/Wallowa wrestling
teams ventured out for the
weekend taking on all com-
ers at the Clearwater Classic
in Lewiston and the Bank of
Eastern Oregon Invitational
in Heppner, respectively.
Both tournaments occurred
Jan. 20.
“We just did really
well at Heppner,” said
Eagles/Wallowa coach Tim
Kiesecker. “We wrestled
amazing and it’s good to
see us peaking this close to
Steven Beckman, Aus-
tin Brockamp and Cole
Kiesecker placed first in
the 106-, 160- and 220-
pound weight categories,
respectively. Freshman Zeb
Ramsden placed second at
120 pounds and Jonah Stai-
gle placed fourth.
“We came out fourth,
team-wise,” Kiesecker said.
“We beat John Day, who
brought 24 wrestlers while
we had five.”
Kiesecker added that
Beckman won the trophy
for outstanding wrestler of
the tournament by a unani-
mous vote.
The team heads to Half-
way for what Kiesecker
calls a pre-district match
The Clearwater Classic
in Lewiston, which featured
many schools larger than
EHS, still saw the Outlaws
making their mark on the
landscape placing 11th out
of seventeen teams. Wres-
tlers Shane Lund and Cole
Farwell racked up their
usual first-place finishes
in the 120- and 126-pound
categories. Charlie Evans
notched a third at 132 and
Dylan Staigle placed sixth
at 138.
Teammates Drew Wid-
ener and Klint Norton
notched sixth-place finishes
at 195- and 285-pounds,
“I think we all wrestled
well this weekend,” said
coach Troy Farwell. “It’s
the kind of competition
we’re looking for. It was a
good tournament.”
The weekend will see
Lund and Cole Farwell par-
ticipating in a tournament
at New Plymouth, Idaho
while the rest of the team
will wrestle in Caldwell,
Idaho. Farwell noted that
the New Plymouth tourna-
ment would be the first time
he wasn’t there to coach son
Cole Farwell.
Brett Greenshields
This week’s athlete of the Week is Enterprise High school
basketball player Brett Greenshields. The EHS senior, who plays
at the post position, scored 27 points total in his team’s efforts
against Union and Imbler over the past weekend. Greenshields
also proved handy at pulling down a number of both offensive
and defensive rebounds during both contests.
Greenshields also participates in football
and track as well as FFA.
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