TigerScots girls hold on for overtime win

Weston-McEwen tops Irrigon, 51-50, in its second-to-last Blue Mountain game.

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Weston-McEwen's Morgan Entze (lower right) tries to use her feet to prevent Irrigon's Cheyenne McKenney (lower left) from getting possession in the TigerScots' 51-50 overtime win on Thursday.

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Weston McEwen's Molly von Borstel (right) dribbles into Irrigon's Marissa Stanger (left) mid-court as she attempts to pass. Stanger was whistled for the block.

By KEVIN DAMORE

of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

ATHENA - It was a dramatic if not enigmatic night for the Weston-McEwen girls basketball team, which scored a narrow, 51-50 home victory over Irrigon in a Blue Mountain Conference game Thursday.

"It wasn't our prettiest game ever," said W-M head coach Amber Dormeus. "For an overtime game it was just a matter of gritting it out there toward the end."

The win was the TigerScots' (8-5 in league, 10-12 overall) eighth in league play and 10th overall, which is six more wins than last year and good enough to punch them a ticket to the playoffs.

W-M was paced by 12 points from Tiffany Cain, but they were also handcuffed by 36 turnovers.

"I doubt that we have turned it over that much all season in a single game," Doremus said. "It made things ugly, but we found a way to win somehow."

The TigerScots were in an early hole in large part due to their turnovers, trailing 14-4 after the first quarter. But their shooting heated up and they were able to grab an 18-16 lead at the break, thanks to Cain and Morgan Entze anchoring the offense.

"It was a slow start for us," Doremus said. "Our girls stuck with it, though. They fought hard through the tough spots."

The biggest tough spot came in the fourth quarter, when W-M coughed up a seven-point lead as Irrigon knotted the game to force overtime.

"The fourth quarter was not the kind of basketball we need to play," Doremus said. "We're gearing up for the playoffs so hopefully that was a lesson for us, that we can't let down."

In overtime, the TigerScots limited their turnovers and took control, although Irrigon hung tight when W-M turned cold.

"This was just a rough game," Doremus said. "Usually, we're a much better offensive team, but there are some nights where the ball just won't go in for you."

W-M closes the season tonight against Stanfield to determine its playoff standing.

"We know we can bounce back, and we can win this game and put ourselves in a better spot for the playoffs," Doremus said. "I'm sure we won't turn the ball over as much in our next game."

W-M 51, Irrigon 50

IRRIGON (50) - Stanger 7 3-6 18. Munoz 2 3-4 7. Sanchez 0 1-4 1. Kumar 1 1-2 3. McKernry 6 3-8 15. Roberts 1 0-2 3, Hackett 1 1-2 3. Totals 18 12-26 50.

W-M (51) - Thompson 0 0-2 0, Coffman 1 0-2 3, Christopher 0 0-2 0, Rudolph 2 2-4 6, Enztze 4 2-4 10, Cain 3 6-9 12, von Borstel 4 2-6 10, West 1 0-2 2, Youncs 0 0-0 0. Zimmerman 2 4-4 8, Totals 17 17-35 51.

Irrigon 10 6 12 15 7 - 50

W-M 4 14 8 17 8 - 51

3-point goals - Irr 2 (Stanger 1, Roberts 1), W-M None. Total fouls- Irr 23, W-M 18. Fouled out- None. Technical fouls- None. Rebounds- Irr 28, (McKerney 10), W-M 43 (von Borstel 15). Turnovers- Irr 24, W-M 36. Assists- Irr NA, W-M 6 (Cain 2).

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