The Dufur Rangers jumped out with a 16-8 lead through one quarter of play and rode that advantage to a 38-24 win over Sherman in Big Sky girl’s basketball play Friday night in Dufur.
Even down by an eight-point margin, the Huskies got back into a rhythm with a 10-9 spurt in the second quarter to make it 25-18 at the half.
Both teams rattled off six points apiece in the third quarter, but in the final frame, Dufur scored seven points and held the Huskies scoreless over that eight-minute span to seal a home win.
“(The) kids played well for three quarters, but then we quit attacking and executing our offense in the fourth quarter,” said Sherman head coach Steve Kaseberg. “Dufur played strong and executed their offense and made the shots and free throws that they needed for the win.”
Katie Poirier scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and fellow senior, Andie Harrison poured in eight to lead the Huskies.
In all, Sherman hit 4 of 11 from the free throw line.
“The kids put out their best effort of the season so far and got great looks at the basket, but couldn’t finish in the end,” Kaseberg added. “I am very proud of them, and we will become a better team because of the good things we did this game.”
For Dufur, Kelly Heemsah scored a team-high eight points, and the trio of Teneille McDonald, Alexa Macias and Taylor Darden tacked on seven points apiece.
“I thought we really came out ready to play,” said Dufur head basketball coach Hollie Darden. “I thought the girls came out and stayed patient within our offense.”
Dufur (14-4 overall, 8-1 league) hosted Lowell Saturday.
The Rangers host last-place Horizon Christian at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Sherman (10-8, 4-3) remain hosts SWC (9-10, 5-4).