Pioneer girls trounced by Tigers

La Grande's girls jump out to a 23-2 first-quarter lead and never look back in a 64-13 GOL win Tuesday night.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - The Mac-Hi Pioneers girls basketball team was trounced by the La Grande Tigers, 64-13, here Tuesday night in Greater Oregon League play.

"Until we can make an adjustment with our ball handling and get some good guard play, teams like this our going to beat us this bad," Pioneer coach Nicole Christian said.

"It is going to take some real work in the offseason on our ball handling and passing. But next year will be a new year and hopefully we can put it all together then. "

The Pioneers play once more this season, Friday at home against Baker at 6 p.m. on senior night.

On Tuesday, the Pioneers had 51 turnovers to just 21 by the Tigers.

La Grande had 20 steals, led by five from Denise Comfort, to only nine steals for Mac-Hi.

"With them forcing 51 turnovers," Christian said, "that just gives them all kinds of opportunities to score on us and takes our chances away.

"If we are turning the ball over at the top of the key, then we are never going to get it inside to our posts and take advantage of our height," she said. "We need to have confidence with our ball handling that we will get the ball inside and become an inside-outside team."

Mac-Hi (0-8 in GOL play, 1-18 overall) was led in a overall effort by post Makia Carlson with nine points, 15 rebounds and four steals.

Mac-Hi outrebounded the Tigers by a count of 27-16. Mac-Hi post Avery Wells contributed seven boards to the Pioneers' effort.

La Grande guard Breanna Partney did the most damage for the Tigers throughout the game, with 23 points and three steals. Partney canned two shots from downtown.

Contributing in double digits for the Tigers was Comfort with 10 points, and Lauren Mills added eight.

"We need to work on our individual skills in the fast-approaching offseason, hone our ball skills and passing," Christian said. "That goes for our guards and our posts."

La Grande 64, Mac-Hi 13

LA GRANDE (64) - Moore 1 0-2 2, Partney 10 1-1 23, Mills 4 0-0 8, Tooke 2 0-1 4, Comfort 4 2-2 10, Elliott 1 1-2 3, Grigsby 0 0-0 0, Momsen 1 0-4 2, Humphreys 2 0-0 5, Tracy 0 0-1 0, White 0 0-1 0, Page 1 1-2 3, McDaniel-Perrin 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 5-16 64.

MAC-HI (13) - Kessler 1 0-2 2, Carlson 3 3-7 9, Vaughn 0 0-0 0, Wells 1 0-0 2, Ureno 0 0-0 0, Brannan 0 0-0 0, Erm 0 0-0 0. Totals 5 3-9 13.

La Grande 23 24 6 11 - 64

Mac-Hi 2 2 2 7 - 13

3-point goals - LaG 3 (Partney 2, Humphreys). Total fouls - LaG 12, Mac 16. Fouled out - Mac (Vaughn). Technical fouls - Mac (Vaughn). Rebounds - LaG 16 (Page 5), Mac 27 (Carlson 15). Turnovers - LaG 21, Mac 51. Assists - LaG 6, Mac 1.

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