Mac-Hi girls fall to Baker in season finale

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MILTON-FREEWATER — Michelle Birkmaier scored a game-high 16 points here Friday night to lead Baker to a 59-30 victory over Mac-Hi in the Greater Oregon League and regular-season girls basketball finale for both schools.

The Bulldogs ended the season 3-6 in the GOL and 4-16 overall. All three of their league victories came against the Pioneers, who concluded 0-9 and 3-19.

Friday’s game was the last for Mac-Hi seniors Avery Wells, Michelle Ureno, and Caitlin Vaughan. The threesome, along with injured teammate and fellow senior Destiny Kilburg, were honored in pre-game ceremonies.

“It was awesome to see them grow in two years,” said second-year Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian. “They contributed to our program — from personality to leadership. It will be hard to replace those girls.”

Birkmaier got Baker off and running with a pair of 3-point field goals in the opening quarter of Friday’s fracas as the Bulldogs manufactured a 15-6 lead after eight minutes. She added two more treys and a free throw in the second quarter as Baker ballooned its margin to 17, 26-9, by halftime.

Michelle Freese and Summer Phillips picked up the Bulldogs’ scoring slack in the third quarter — with six and four points, respectively — as Baker advanced its lead to 30, 43-13, by the end of the period.

The Pioneers showed signs of life in the final quarter. Makia Carlson and Avery Wells tallied seven points apiece in the frame as Mac-Hi nipped Baker by a 17-16 count.

Carlson led the Pioneers with 12 points and picked off a game-high 12 rebounds.

Though the season ended with disappointment, Christian looked at the bright side.

“The girls improved overall,” Christian said. “They’re getting better. They played their hearts out. They grew as a team and grew into a family. It’s nice to see a program come together.”

BAKER 59, MAC-HI 30

BAKER (59) — Sand 3-9 6-14 12, Brown 1-5 0-1 2, Smith 3-5 0-0 7, Lemmon 0-0 0-0 0, Phillips 2-2 1-4 5, Birkmaier 5-8 2-4 16, Tatlock 1-1 0-0 2, Freese 4-8 3-4 11, Bachman 1-5 0-0 2, Voboril 0-0 0-0 0, Lehman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 21-44 12-27 59.

MAC-HI (30) — Fite 1-3 0-0 3, Tveidt 1-4 2-2 4, Am. Wells 0-3 0-0 0, Av. Wells 4-11 0-0 9, Ureno 1-9 0-0 2, Vaughan 0-0 0-1 0, Carlson 3-8 6-7 12. Totals 10-38 8-10 30.

Baker 15 11 17 16 — 59

Mac-Hi 6 3 4 17 — 30

3-point goals — Baker 5-12 (Blankenship 1-2, Phillips 1-2, Bachman 0-3, Cline 0-3), Mac-Hi 2-6 (Av. Wells 1-1, Fite 1-3, Am. Wells 0-2). Total fouls—Baker 16, Mac-Hi 26. Fouled out—Mac-Hi (Av. Wells). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Baker 31 (Sand 6), Mac-Hi 37 (Carlson 12). Turnovers—Baker 10, Mac-Hi 25.

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