TigerScot girls rally past Union into Optimist title game

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LA GRANDE - A day after sprinting to an 82-18 victory over Joseph in the opening round of the La Grande Optimist Tournament, the Weston-McEwen girls faced a much tougher test against Union Thursday.

Scoring just 12 points in the first half, the TigerScots (5-1) fell to a 27-12 halftime deficit before rallying with a 23-point fourth quarter and a 50-48, last-minute victory over the Bobcats (5-1) in the semifinal round of the Optimus tourney.

"Union came ready to play, very motivated," W-M coach Amber Doremus said in an e-mail. "The girls (W-M) came out of halftime ready to show what they were made of, what makes a TigerScot. They played with a lot of heart and guts and determination.

"The girls rallied hard to come back after being down so much at half," she said. "They gave us a glimpse of the team they can be."

Liliana Ponce led the TigerScots with 12 points and five rebounds. No other TigerScot cracked double digits in the win.

Union's freshman Kesha Sarman was almost unstoppable, scoring 28 points, including going 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.

The TigerScots struggled to hold on to the ball early, committing 18 of their 22 turnovers in the first half.

W-M plays North Powder in the championship of the Optimus Tourney tonight at 6 p.m.

The U-B will publish the results of tonight's game Monday.

Weston-McEwen 50, Union 48

WESTON-MCEWEN (50) - Rudolph 4 1-2 9, Coffman 1 0-0 2, Ponce 6 0-0 12, Entze 4 0-0 8, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Bodmer 3 0-0 7, von Borstel 2 2-3 6, Zimmerman 1 0-0 2, Sederburg 0 2-2 2. Totals 22 5-7 50.

UNION (48) - Langford 1 3-4 5, Southard, Rachelle 1 1-4 3, Southard, Josie 1 2-2 4, Strum 2 0-0 4, Fiorito 1 0-0 2, Sarman 11 5-6 28, Hammond 1 0-0 3. Totals 18 11-16 48.

Weston-McEwen 6 6 15 23 - 50

Union 13 14 8 13 - 48

3-point goals - W-M 1 (Bodmer), Uni 1 (Hammond). Total fouls - W-M 17, Union 10. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-M 32 (Entze 7), Union NA. Turnovers - W-M 22, Union NA. Assists - W-M 11 (Entze 4), Union NA.

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