TigerScots manhandle Union, hold off Elgin for Blue Mountain Conference wins

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ATHENA - Weston-McEwen picked up a pair of Blue Mountain Conference girls' basketball wins this weekend, first downing Union, 56-35, Friday night in a game where it led 31-13 at the half, then withstanding a fourth-quarter rally by Elgin Saturday night to pick up their second win in as many days, 43-42.

In Friday's match, the TigerScots jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back.

W-M coach Amber Doremus said she learned about her team's depth in the win.

"Honestly, we were worried about their 3-point shooters, so we prepared for that most of the week, and then they didn't make any," she said. "It was a team win, a good win at home. It's really comforting to know that you have 10 girls and you can put all of them in."

Saturday was a different story, as the TigerScots showed signs of fatigue in their first back-to-back game of the young season. The Huskies jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead in the first quarter and W-M was forced to regroup at the intermission.

"I think we were a little tired," Doremus said. "We haven't played a back to back game yet. We came into the huddle and decided that that (11-5 first quarter) was not satisfactory and we came out and went 16-5."

Elgin's Shannon Strickland caught fire in the third, nailing four 3's for 12 of her 15 points on the night and keeping the Huskies within striking distance, 35-30, going into the fourth.

Elgin outscored W-M going in the fourth, 12-8, but the TigerScots made just enough plays to pick up the win.

"We need to work on some fourth-quarter stuff," Doremus said, "but it was a league win, and a back-to back-win so that's good too."

Molly von Borstel lead the TigerScots with 12 points on the night.

"She (von Borstel) had a good weekend," Doremus said. "She played defense on their best player (Shelby Smith), and their best player is pretty good. She's able to be successful because everybody else is successful doing their job too."

W-M will have its endurance tested this week when it takes part in the LaGrande Tournament, which is scheduled to last from Tuesday until Thursday.

The TigerScots are now 2-0 in BMC play, and 3-1 overall, with their only loss coming to Umatilla in the first match of the season.

Weston-McEwen 56, Union 35

UNION (35) - Roberts 0 1-2 1, Bunkers 1 2-6 4, O'Reilly 0 0-0 0, Langford 2 0-2 4, R. Southrad 2 4-7 8, J Southrad 0 2-7 2, Houck 0 0-0 0, Sturm 0 0-0 0, Fiorito 1 1-4 3, Sarman 4 1-2 9, Hammond 2 0-0 4, Totals 12 11-3 35

WESTON-MCEWEN (56) - Rudolph 1 0-2 2, Thompson 0 2-4 2, Bodmer 2 4-6 8, von Borstel 4 1-4 9, West 3 0-0 6, Zimmerman 3 0-0 6, Coffman 0 3-6 3, Christopher 2 3-4 7, Ponce 0 0-2 0, Entze 6 1-4 13, Totals 21 14-32 56.

Union 7 6 12 10 - 35

Weston-McEwen 13 18 8 17 - 56

3-point goals - Union none, W-M none. Total fouls - Union 31, W-M 27 Fouled out - Union 1 (R. Southrad), W-M 1 (Thompson). Technical fouls - none. Turnovers - Union none reported, W-M 33. Rebounds - Union none reported, W-M 39 (von Borstel). Assists - Union none reported, W-M 12 (Entze 3).

Weston-McEwen 43, Elgin 42

Elgin (42) - Strickland 5 1-4 15, Sauers 2 0-0 4, Luse 0 0-2 0, Smith 7 3-6 17, Reed 0 2-2 2, Lathrop 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 6-14 42.

Westen-McEwen (43) - Rudolph 2 0-2 5, Kauffman 2 0-0 5, Christopher 1 2-2 4, Ponce 0 0-0 0, Entze 3 0-0 7, Thompson 0 1-2 1, Bodmer 3 1-2 9, von Borstel 4 4-6 12, West 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 8-12 43.

Elgin 11 5 14 12 - 42

Weston-McEwen 5 16 14 8 - 43

3-point goals - Elg 4 (Strickland 4), W-M 5 (Bodmer 2, Entze, Kauffman, Rudolph). Total fouls - Elgin 10, 18. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Elg 22 (Smith 7), W-M 36 (Von Borstel 15). Turnovers - Elg not reported, W-M 17. Assists - Elg not reported, W-M 13 (Kauffman 6).

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