Jeff Garner of Burns lets the shot go in Burns’ win over Crook County. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
Burns JV girls also placed first in tournament play
By Randy Parks
The Burns girls and boys varsity basketball both came away from their home tournament held Dec. 7-8 with two wins and the championship trophies.
The Burns girls went into overtime in both of their victories, downing Grant Union 53-41 in the opener and then defeating Ontario 55-49 in the championship game.
The Burns boys began tournament play with a 67-56 win over Grant Union and claimed the title by beating Crook County 57-50.
Burns and Grant Union locked up in a defensive battle in the first half of their contest, with neither team scoring in the first four minutes of the game and the Hilanders forging a 17-14 halftime lead.
Burns went by as many as five in the third quarter, only to see the Prospectors come back to tie the game at 22-22. After Grant Union took a 27-26 lead late in the period, the Hilanders’ Shelby Sanders completed a three-point play to put Burns up by two headed into the fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands several times in the fourth period, and with less than a minute to play, the teams were tied at 38-38.
Emily Mosley then put the Pros up by two with a basket off a missed free throw, but Charli Siegner of Burns knotted the score with two free throws, sending the game into overtime.
The extra period belonged to the Hilanders as Anna Reid knocked down a basket, followed by two free throws by Sanders.
Jordon Long and Sanders then came up with steals and lay-ins to give Burns an eight-point lead.
With 54 seconds left, Burns sealed the victory with baskets by Sanders and Long and a Sanders free throw.
Sanders finished the game with 14 points, Siegner added 13 and Reid 10.
Grant Union was led by Mosley with 14 points.
1 2 3 4 OT Final
G.U. 4 10 13 13 1 41
Bur 6 11 12 11 13 53
In the title game, Ontario led the entire first half and went into the break up 22-20.
At the start of the third quarter, Siegner’s basket tied the score, and Kayla McConnell hit a 3-pointer to give the Hilanders their first lead.
The Tigers came back late in the quarter, and the teams headed into the fourth period tied at 35-35.
The Hilanders opened the quarter with a 7-2 run, only to see Ontario score the next six points and take a one-point lead.
With 45 seconds left, Molly Bond made one of two free throws to give Ontario a 44-42 lead.
As time wound down, the Hilanders worked the ball to Siegner, and she hit a basket with six seconds left, sending the game into the extra period.
Tied at 48-48 with less than two minutes left in overtime, Burns went on a 7-2 run, with Sanders scoring all seven points, to pick up the win.
Siegner led all scorers with 23 points, Sanders chipped in with 18 and Long nine.
London Wettstein and Rylee Salutregui each scored 12 for Ontario.
1 2 3 4 OT Final
Ont 10 12 13 9 5 49
Bur 7 13 15 9 11 55
Siegner and Sanders were both named to the All-Tournament team, along with Jessie Maler-Loper of Crook County, Grant Union’s Hailey McConnell and Salutregui.
Ontario beat Crook County 48-47 in their first game, and Crook County won the consolation bracket with a 53-27 victory over Grant Union.
In their opening game against Grant Union, the Hilanders trailed by one after the first quarter and fell behind by four early in the second quarter. They then went on a 9-0 run to grab a 23-18 lead.
The Prospectors closed the gap to one before Burns had a 6-0 run to go ahead by seven.
A 3-pointer by Jeff Garner put Burns up 34-26 as the half came to a close.
Burns stretched their lead to as many as 11 points in the third quarter before Grant Union rallied and got back to within three at the end of the period.
Up by two with less than four minutes left in the game, Burns outscored Grant Union 11-2 to secure the win.
The Hilanders had four players finish in double figures, led by Garner with 22 points. Austin Martin had 16, Tanner Crafts 12 and Austin Feist 11.
Grant Union was led by Joey Nordstrom with 19 points.
1 2 3 4 Final
G.U. 13 13 22 8 56
Bur 12 22 17 16 67
Martin hit a 3-pointer to open up the game with Crook County, and the Hilanders were on their way to a win in a game in which they never trailed.
Up by five near the end of the first period, Martin drilled another shot from outside the arc and Feist added a bucket to give Burns an 18-8 lead.
In the second quarter, with Burns up 24-11, the Cowboys went on a 12-0 run to cut the margin to one.
Burns answered with two baskets by Crafts and two free throws from Feist and went into halftime leading 32-27.
The Hilanders opened up the third period with a 7-0 run and led by 12 at the end of the quarter.
Crook County rallied again in the final period, cutting the lead to three, but the Hilanders outscored the Cowboys 8-4 over the final three minutes for the win.
Feist scored 20 points for Burns, and Crafts dropped in 14.
The Cowboys were led by Dillon Dees with 10.
1 2 3 4 Final
CC 8 19 8 15 50
Bur 18 14 15 10 57
Garner and Martin were named to the All-Tournament team along with Preston Washechek of Crook County, Rayce Houser of Grant Union and Ontario’s Jason Haueter.
Ontario won the consolation final 65-35 over Grant Union.
In the JV portion of the tournament, the Burns girls took first by beating Grant Union 34-27 and defeating Ontario 35-31.
The Burns boys won their first game 59-49 over Grant Union and then lost to Crook County 56-25.