SHERMAN FORWARD Meagan McKinney (right) withstands pressure to look for an open teammate during 1A girl’s basketball play in Moro. This weekend at Triad High School, McKinney and the Huskies lost in the tournament title game by a 43-41 margin.
In all reality, the Sherman Huskies were a few bounces here and there from claiming a third win in a row and a tournament championship.
Even so, Husky girl’s basketball coach Steve Kaseberg was singing praises for his varsity club after they lost 43-41 to Triad in the title game of the annual Compass Classic Tournament Saturday afternoon in Klamath Falls.
“It was a good weekend for the girls,” Kaseberg said.
Both teams fought to an 8-all standstill through one quarter of play, but the Timberwolves shot the lights out in the second quarter with a 16-9 rally to lead 24-17 at the break.
Sherman inched closer in the third quarter with a 14-10 output to make it 34-31 Triad in front entering the final frame.
The Huskies eventually knotted things up in the fourth quarter, but a few missed free throws and other shot chances, kept the Wolves ahead down the stretch.
“The kids played their tails off in the fourth (quarter) to tie it up, but free throws were huge. We were 2-for-8, and 1-for-7 in the fourth, and Triad was 7-of-13 for the game,” Kaseberg said. “(It was) a good comeback for the kids.”
Andie Harrison paced the Husky offense with 11 points, Emily Hill rattled home nine and senior center Katie Poirier, who was on the all-tournament team, dropped eight to the scoresheet.
Sherman (4-4 overall) starts Big Sky play at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 in Maupin.
Morelli goes wild in SWC blowout
The South Wasco County Redsides erased their season-high three-game losing streak in a major way Saturday afternoon, as Zoe Morelli notched a season-high 20 points to lead her girl’s basketball team to a 56-29 triumph over the LaPine junior varsity squad in the final rounds of the Culver Hoops Tournament.
“It was good to see the girls bounce back with a better performance,” said South Wasco County head coach Ron Townsend. “We executed better in most phases of the game today (Saturday).”
SWC pitted itself to all of the cushion it needed in the opening quarter of play with an 18-0 whitewash to create some distance.
The Redsides added a 12-8 spread in the second quarter to make the lead 30-8 at the break.
Although the advantage grew as high as 12 points with the second half still to play, SWC maintained its offensive edge using an 18-7 rally to make it 48-15.
LaPine ended the game on a 15-8 run.
Aside from Morelli’s exploits, Lisa McNamee showed her worth with a career-high nine points, and Kyra Shannon was good for seven in the books.
Peggy Espeland added six points, Joy Kelly reeled off five and Shelby Moody tallied four points.
SWC (4-4 overall) is dead-set on finishing the non-league schedule on a high note with a home game against Irrigon at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28.