PREP BASKETBALL — La Grande 78, Mac-Hi 16

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LA GRANDE, Ore. - Superior height and quickness powered La Grande to a 78-16 victory over Mac-Hi here Friday night in a Greater Oregon League girls basketball opener for both schools.

The Tigers blitzed the Pioneers 26-7 in the first quarter and continued to pull away as Mac-Hi's offensive output declined each quarter. The Pioneers managed five points in the second quarter, three in the third and just a single point in the fourth.

Paidge Aldred and Breanna Partney scored 12 points each to lead a balanced La Grande offense. Mariah Sain and Sidney Brown were also in double figures for the home team with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Kaitlin Erm scored nine of Mac-Hi's 16 points on the strength of three 3-point baskets. All four of the Pioneers' field goals, in fact, were 3-pointers, with Eloiza Meza sinking the other.

"We were getting a lot of opportunities down low, but they had five girls almost six feet tall and they just hammered us," Mac-Hi coach Casey Richards said. "We got some foul calls in the first half, but not in the second."

The Pioneers were 4-for-45 from the field overall, Richards said, and 4-for-18 from outside the 3-point arc.

"We kind of panicked and were not able to finish our shots," Richards said.

Richards also noted that La Grande, which improved to 5-7 on the season, began the game on a 10-0 run via the fast break.

"We couldn't keep up with them," Richards said. "They were not only taller than us, they were also much quicker."

Junior guard Jolene Brannan, inserted into the Mac-Hi starting lineup for the first time this season, suffered an elbow injury in the second quarter that sent her to the hospital, Richards said.

"She's been one of our hardest workers in practice," the coach said of Brannan. "She's been hustling, staying after practice, and now we're going to be without her for at least a couple of games. We're still not sure of the extent of her injury."

The Pioneers, who dropped to 0-10 with Friday's loss, played a non-league game at Waitsburg-Prescott on Saturday.

La Grande 78, Mac-Hi 16

MAC-HI (16) - Reidel 0 2-2 2, Meza 1 0-0 3, Erm 3 0-2 9, McElrath 0 0-1 0, Wells 0 1-2 1, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Brannan 0 0-0 0, Hinton 0 0-0 0, Vaughan 0 1-2 1, Ureno 0 0-1 0. Totals 4 4-8 16.

LA GRANDE (78) - Tapasa 0 1-3 1, Aldred 6 0-0 12, Brown 3 3-3 10, Comfort 3 2-4 8, Elliot 1 2-2 4, Partney 6 0-0 12, Alexander 3 1-1 9, Mattson 0 0-0 0, Mills 3 1-2 7, Sain 5 1-1 11, Martin 2 0-2 4, Tooke 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals 32 11-18 78.

Mac-Hi 7 5 3 1 - 16

La Grande 26 15 22 15 - 78

3-point goals - Mac-Hi (Meza, Erm 3), La Grande (Alexander 2, Brown). Total fouls - Mac-Hi 18, La Grande 15. Fouled out - Mac-Hi (Carlson). Technical fouls - none.

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