The starting time for the games on Saturday, Jan. 24, between Burns and Grant Union has been changed to 1 p.m.
by Randy Parks
The Burns boys basketball team took over sole possession of first place in the Wapiti League with a 54-39 win over Imbler on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Burns High School.
The Panthers opened the game by outscoring the Hilanders 7-2, and led 11-6 at the end of the first period.
Burns was down by three midway through the second period when Ty Hueckman hit three consecutive 3-pointers to put the Hilanders up by six, and Trace Tiller buried another shot from outside the arc to make it a nine-point lead. Burns then went into the break up 26-21.
The third quarter was virtually even, and as the final seconds of the period ticked down, Tiller hit an off-balance 3-pointer to give Burns a 37-30 lead.
Leading 43-37 in the final period, the Hilanders went on an 11-2 run to close out the game.
Austin Feist led the Hilanders’ scoring attack, finishing with 19 points. Hueckman added 15, and Tiller nine.
Burns improved to 5-0 in league play with the victory, while Imbler dropped to 4-1.
On Friday, Jan. 16, Burns ran past league opponent Enterprise 71-46.
On Wednesday, Jan. 14, Crook County edged Burns 51-49 in non-conference action.
Catherine Clemens scored 25 points and Carli Feist added 19 to lead Burns to a 58-28 win over Imbler on Saturday, Jan. 24.
The victory keeps the Hilanders undefeated in Wapiti League play, 5-0, while the Panthers dropped to 1-4.
Burns led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, and then fell behind 15-14 as the Panthers scored a pair of baskets to start the second period. Clemens responded by scoring eight unanswered points to put the Hilanders back on top, and they led 26-18 at halftime.
Clemens scored the first five points of the third quarter, and Feist added the next eight on a basket and two 3-pointers to help Burns take a 45-24 lead into the final period.
Feist hit the first three baskets of the fourth quarter, and the Hilanders pulled away for the win.
The Hilanders picked up another league win on Friday, Jan. 23, by beating Enterprise 73-43.
Burns boys and girls basketball teams continue with league play Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24. The Hilanders host Cove on Friday with the games starting at 3 p.m. On Saturday, Burns travels to John Day to take on Grant Union. The games begin at 1 p.m.