PREP BASKETBALL — Helix girls open with 31-27 win over Elgin

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HELIX - Coach Dean Fouquette was pleasantly surprised with his Helix girls basketball team's performance here Friday night as the Grizzlies tipped off the 2010-11 campaign with a come-from-behind 31-27 victory over Elgin in a non-league game.

"We were very poised and very patient on offense," said Fouquette, who guided the Grizzlies to a second-place finish at last year's Class 1A state tournament. "We moved the ball around and got good shots, although we didn't shoot great. And we played good defense.

"Considering we are so inexperienced, I thought we played pretty darned good. It was a good win."

Claire Ely, one of three key returning players from last year's state tournament team, knocked down four 3-point baskets and finished with 16 points to lead all scorers. Shannon Strickland tallied nine points and Chyanne Hack, another returnee from last year's squad, added seven points. Sydney Cave chipped in with five points.

The Grizzlies trailed 25-21 going into the fourth quarter but outscored the Huskies 9-2 to pull out the victory.

"Claire hit a 3, Chyanne had a field goal and a free throw and Sydney hit two big free throws to put us over the top," Fouquette said of his team's fourth-quarter rally.

But the coach wasn't able to savor his team's victory for very long. The Grizzlies met defending Class 1A state champion Imbler, the team the beat Helix 66-37 in last year's state championship game in Baker City, Saturday night on the Helix court.

"We'll find out how good we are against Imbler," Fouquette said.

Helix 31, Elgin 27

ELGIN (27) - Strickland 3 0-0 9, Predmou 2 1-2 5, Fitchitt 2 0-0 4, Hardy 1 0-2 2, Knapp 2 1-2 5, Lathrop 1 0-0 2, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 2-6 27.

HELIX (31) - Ely 6 0-4 16, Hack 2 3-5 7, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Cave 0 5-8 5, Sundin 0 1-2 1, Gabriel 0 0-0 0, Nitz 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 9-19 31.

Elgin 5 11 9 2 - 27

Helix 6 10 6 9 - 31

3-point goals - Elgin (Strickland 3), Helix (Ely 4). Total fouls - Elgin 16. Helix 8. Fouled out - Eling (Predmou, Lathrop). Technical fouls - none.

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