Turnovers were the bugaboo for the Ione girls in the title game of the Ione Basketball Bonanza on Saturday, losing to Enterprise, 33-29, at Ione High School.

The Cardinals gave the ball up 34 times, but they still had a shot to tie the ballgame with less than a minute to play.

Enterprise held tight to a slim 31-27 advantage with 28.4 seconds left and could have sealed the game with a pair of free throws. Hannah McCarthy, however, put up a pair of bricks to allow the Cardinals to cut into the deficit.

Ione’s JoAnna Patton connected on a bucket to draw Ione within two, 31-29, but the Cardinals’ final turnover off the ensuing Outlaw missed shot thwarted the comeback bid.

“We’re still learning,” Ione head coach Mike Garrett said, saying the snow days really limited his club’s practice time before the tournament.

“I like where things are going with the team.”

Patton, a junior transfer from Heppner, finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The 5-foot, 10-inch post is a weapon that Ione isn’t used to having, as they have relied mainly on quickness and ability to run the floor. They now have what appears to be a dominant half-court option with Patton patrolling the paint.

Shadow Kendrick buried the game’s only 3-pointer and finished the night with nine points for the Cardinals. Beth Morter scored six, but led the team with 11 rebounds.

Enterprise sophomore Marta Stangel led the Outlaws with a game-high 11 points while McCarthy pitched in six to propel the Outlaws to a 2-0 record.

Third place game

In the consolation game, the Hermiston junior varsity team pounded Riverside, 48-26, in the morning round.

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