Balanced Baker girls take down Pioneers

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BAKER CITY, Ore. - Mac-Hi found out the hard way that containing MacKenzie Warner wasn't the key to stopping the Baker offense here Friday night in a girls Greater Oregon League basketball game.

Warner, who scored 18 points earlier in the season in a Bulldogs' victory over the Pioneers in Milton-Freewater, was held to seven points in Friday's game. But several other Baker players picked up the slack in a 61-44 victory.

"We put Andrea Roeder on Warner and she did a good job," Mac-Hi coach Curtis Pumphrey said. "We were hoping they weren't a balanced scoring team, but that wasn't the case."

Sara Srack sank four 3-pointers and scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs' offense. Whitney Phillips followed with nine points and Sydney Adams and MacKenzie Trees added eight points each for Baker.

That was more than enough to offset the Pioneers' one-player offensive show of senior post Sierra Burchell, who finished with a game-high 32 points.

"She's been working on her post moves," Pumphrey said. "And tonight a lot of her shots were going in."

Burchell was 14-for-27 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. She scored half of her points in the fourth quarter when the Pioneers outscored the Bulldogs 23-9 to narrow the final deficit to 17 points after trailing 52-21 after three quarters.

Roeder scored eight points for Mac-Hi in addition to her work on defense.

Mac-Hi's record dipped to 1-5 in the GOL and 7-14 overall. The Pioneers return to action Saturday at Ontario.

MAC-HI (44) - Erm 0 0-2 0, Roeder 4 0-0 8, Burchell 14 4-5 32, Munk 1 0-0 2, Wells 1 0-0 2, Humbert 0 0-0 0, Bentencourt 0 0-0 0, Griffith 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 4-7 44.

BAKER (61) - Warner 1 4-4 7, Ward 3 0-0 6, Burk 2 0-0 4, Adams 3 0-0 8, Srack 5 0-0 14, Phillips 4 1-3 9, Trees 3 0-0 8, Baxter 0 3-3 3, Ogan 0 2-2 2.Totals 22 10-12 61.

Mac-Hi 7 8 6 23 - 44

Baker 12 13 27 9 - 61

3-point goals - Baker (Warner, Adams 2, Srack 4, Trees 2). Total fouls - Mac-Hi 13, Baker 11. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none.

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