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ECHO HOOPS: Cougars come back from Fossil with a split record


Hermiston Herald

Published on December 5, 2017 6:30PM

Nothing was going to stop Echo after the Cougars took an early lead against Condon/Wheeler on Saturday to close out the Paul Humphrey’s Tip-Off Tournament in Fossil. The 47-33 win over the Knights was thanks in part to a 15-point performance from Rachel McCarty. Marti Huff also had a big game for Echo and notched 13 rebounds and had a major presence in the paint against Condon/Wheeler.

The win followed a 54-26 loss to Pilot Rock at the tournament on Friday, the first game of the season for the team. Huff scored 13 points to lead the Cougars (0-1) and freshman Brenna McPherson added seven in her varsity debut.

Kayla Deist scored 17 points and Kaitlyn Evans scored 10 to lead the Rockets.

“It felt pretty good,” Pilot Rock coach Dan Deist said. “It took us a few minutes to get going but once we did we played well.”

Behind Deist and Evans, Sara Weinke scored nine points for the Rockets (1-0), while Breann Baleztina and Lillie Brewer each scored six.

BOYS: Condon/Wheeler continued its dominance at the Paul Humphrey’s Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday, earning its second victory of the weekend with a 70-50 win over Echo.

The Knights got off to a hot start in the first quarter and continued to score in double digits through the next three quarters. Trey Homer led all scorers with 25 points. For the Cougars, Morgan Marcum finished with a team-high 19 points. Echo came out much better in the second half, but the Cougars efforts fell short.

The Cougars also dropped Friday’s game to Pilot Rock 55-33.

Bryson Pierce exploded for 30 points for the Rockets (1-0) while Levi Thieme had eight and Logan Weinke had six. Devan Craig led the Cougars (0-1) with 10 points and Morgan Marcum had eight.

UPCOMING: Both teams will play in the Columbia River Clash this weekend in Umatilla, with matchups still to be decided.


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