By Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns girls varsity basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 3A state basketball tournament by beating Portland Adventist Academy 64-30 on Saturday, Feb. 23.Mattea Zabala rips down a rebound. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Playing in front of the home crowd, the Hilanders got off to a quick start and held a 17-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Courtney Toney buried a 3-pointer to start the second quarter, and Burns was off and running. The Hilanders closed out the quarter on a 12-0 run and led by 30 points at halftime.

Baskets by Ashley Schouviller and Toney gave Burns a 47-14 lead before Sierra King scored the Cougars’ first field goal of the second half. After Monique Bentz of Burns knocked down a pair of free throws, the Hilanders’ Mattea Zabala scored twice and Brea Ribeiro added a basket to put Burns ahead 55-16. The quarter ended with the Cougars’ Kristin Johnson hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Hilanders led by as many as 38 points in the final period before Portland Adventist scored the last four points of the game to provide the final margin.
Toney and Zabala led the Hilander scoring attack, each finishing with 18 points. Bentz added 10, Ribeiro six, Robin Higle five, Jaela Dinsmore four, Schouviller two and Amber Hodge one.

Burns had a great night shooting the ball, connecting on 28-of-49 field goal attempts (57.1 percent). They were also 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Portland Adventist was led by Sierra King with 11 points and Johnson with nine.

Burns will now play Myrtle Point at 3:15 today (Wednesday, Feb. 27) at Willamette University in Salem. The Bobcats advanced with a 50-46 win over Santiam Christian.

In other quarterfinal games on tap for today, Valley Catholic plays Creswell at 1:30 p.m., Harrisburg takes on Rainier at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Vale-Coquille match-up at 8:15 p.m.

The girls state championship game will be played at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

1 2 3 4 Final
PAA 4 9 6 11 30
Bur 17 26 12 9 64


Keeping the dream alive.

The Burns boys varsity basketball team beat Rainier 72-61 on Saturday, Feb. 23, to earn a trip to the quarterfinals of the 3A state basketball tournament at Willamette University in Salem.Drew Heinz puts up the shot. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Four different Hilanders scored in the opening minutes of the game to give Burns a 10-0 lead before Rainier got on the scoreboard with a 3-pointer by Hazze Walker. A free throw by Drew Heinz and a basket by Steven Smartt put Burns back up by 10, and they maintained that advantage throughout the quarter.

Two baskets by Tyler Fenton and another by Smartt to start the second period gave Burns a 25-11 lead. Heinz then scored the next four baskets, including a 3-pointer, for the Hilanders, and they went into halftime leading 37-20.

After the break, the Colombians closed the gap to seven by outscoring Burns 12-2 in the first few minutes of play. Following a free throw by Trevor Smith of Burns, Heinz came up with a steal and lay-in to build the lead back up to 10.

Rainier cut the lead to six with two baskets, but two free throws by Garrett Swisher and a bucket by Tommy Ghost Dog made the score 46-36 in favor of Burns.

Three consecutive baskets by Rainier brought them to within four, but as time in the period wound down, Fenton swished a 12-footer to give Burns a six point lead heading into the final quarter.

With 3:59 left in the game, Swisher made two free throws to put Burns ahead 56-48.

Rainier answered with a basket by Branden Staehely and on the Hilanders’ next possession, Kory Schuff stole the ball and was fouled on his way to the basket. Schuff missed both free throws however, and Fenton made a perfect pass to Swisher at the Hilanders’ end of the court. Swisher was fouled as he went up for the shot, but the bucket was good, as was the ensuing free throw.

After a Schuff free throw, Swisher again sank a basket and free throw to put Burns up 62-51 with 2:29 left in the game.

Rainier would get no closer than nine the rest of the way as Swisher, Smith and Heinz made their free throws, and Smartt and Fenton scored from the field.
For the Hilanders, Heinz finished with 18 points, Swisher had 17, Smartt added 14, Fenton 10, Ghost Dog nine and Smith four.

Smartt led the team in rebounding, pulling down 11, while Ghost Dog had 10.

Rainier’s Walker led all scorers with 19 points and Brandon Cataldo, a 6-foot, 10-inch sophomore, had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The Hilanders’ appearance at the state tournament site will be the first in more than two decades, and Burns will face Horizon Christian at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

Other quarterfinal games on Thursday have Cascade Christian playing Harrisburg at 1:30 p.m., Regis against Westside Christian at 6:30 and Umatilla tips off against Portland Adventist at 8:15.

The tournament will culminate with the championship game at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

1 2 3 4 Final
Rain 9 11 22 19 61
Bur 19 18 11 24 72

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