Mac-Hi avenges loss to W-P girls

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MILTON-FREEWATER – The McLoughlin High girls basketball team had its four posts score 37 of 40 Pioneers points en route to a 40-31 win over Waitsburg-Prescott here Tuesday evening.

Pioneer center Makia Carlson led with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Brittney Erb, Amanda Rhoads and Amber Wells combined to score 20 points and grab 11 rebounds.

“We got really good play from all four of our posts,” Mac-Hi coach Todd Cunnington said. “Makia Carlson played especially well. Amanda Rhoads and Brittney Erb had some shots go down, while Amber Wells did good tonight, too.

“We are really trying to work the ball into our posts this year. We have a couple of outside shooters, but we really have to rely on our posts.”

The Pioneers led 15-12 at halftime, but built the lead in the third quarter when they outscored W-P 13-7 to take a nine-point advantage to the fourth.

Carlson contributed five points in the third stanza, going inside, hitting one on the fast break and then making 1-of-2 free throws.

Another big help was Rhoads, who scored a bucket in the paint, hit a jumper and made one of her two free throws.

“It was nice to see us come strong in third period,” Cunnington said. “It is something that we haven’t down well this year previously.”

W-P matched Mac-Hi down the stretch, with both teams scoring 12 points in the fourth to give Mac-Hi the near double-digit win.

Half of W-P’s fourth-quarter points came from Kassidy Kuykendall, who finished with seven points.

Heidi Miller led W-P with nine points and six boards.

Hannah Grant added seven points.

Mac-Hi avenged a 42-38 loss at W-P earlier in the season and improved its record to 5-6 overall. The Pioneers have one final preseason tune-up at 5 p.m. Saturday at home against Weston-McEwen.

That will be before turning to league Tuesday at La Grande.

“I know that we are just one game (Greater Oregon League game) from getting over the top and getting on a roll,” Cunnington said.

Mac-Hi 40, Waitsburg-Prescott 31

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (31) — Grant 3 0-0 7, Kuyhkendall 2 3-4 7, Fedderson 2 0-0 4, Mohney 1 0-0 2, Miller 4 1-2 9, Wood 1 0-0 2, Wilson 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 4-6 31.

MAC-HI (40) — Carlson 6 5-11 17, Tveidt 0 0-0 0, Rhoads 3 3-4 9, Erb 3 0-0 6, Fite 1 0-0 2, Wells 0 5-6 5, Figueroa 0 1-2 1, Carter 0 0-0 0, Correa 0 0-0 0, Lonai 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 14-22 40.

W-P 5 7 7 12 — 31

Mac-Hi 7 8 13 12 — 40

3-point goals — W-P (Grant). Total fouls —W-P 13, Mac 13. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — W-P 27 (Miller 6), Mac 40 (Carlson 10). Turnovers — W-P 15, Mac 19.

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