Tigers still in playoff hunt despite sweep

Stanfield sophomore forward Mikayla Baros (left) tries to dribble around a Union defender during the Lady Tigers' 39-31 defeat by the Lady Bobcats on Saturday.

By David Bashore

Herald sports editor

Stanfield — A weekend sweep left Stanfield hanging on for dear life in the chase to reach the Blue Mountain Conference girls' basketball playoffs next weekend.

Friday saw the Lady Tigers (7-12, 5-7 BMC) drop a 34-26 decision to second-place Weston-McEwen in Athena, in a defensive struggle for both teams.

On Saturday they looked to rebound against third-place Union at home, but were unable to do so in a 39-31 defeat.

After a solid first quarter for Stanfield, Union took the game to them in the second and third quarters, outscoring them 21-13.

The Lady Bobcats padded their lead by punishing the Stanfield zone, which left outside shooters open for quality looks at deep two- and three-point attempts.

In the fourth quarter head coach Amber Griffith changed the Stanfield approach to a man-to-man defense, and it paid almost immediate dividends.

What was a 12-point lead after three quarters quickly was whittled down to six, but the Lady Tigers could get no closer.

Stanfield now finds itself in a pack of teams tied for fourth place in the BMC standings with a record of 5-7, and will need a win against Pilot Rock tonight to assure themselves of no worse than a tie for fifth place, and possibly an outright berth into the tournament or a one-game play-in.

David Bashore can be reached at dbashore@ hermistonherald.com.

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