Damascus girls lock down Pirates in the fourth
1A GIRLS BASKETBALL
|Damascus Christian Eagles (27-4)|
|Perrydale Pirates (23-9)|
Damascus Christian closed out it season with a 36-28 win over Perrydale in the third-place game of the 1A girls basketball state tournament Saturday in Baker City.
The game featured eight ties, but Perrydale was unable to get even during the fourth quarter, as Damascus surrendered one 3-point shot three minutes into the period and nothing else. The Pirates missed their final 10 shots, and the Damascus defense forced four turnovers down the stretch.
"We were in a close game, and I told the girls that if they wanted to win it they needed to lock down Perrydale's top three scorers, and they did," Damascus coach Dave Wakefield said.
Emily Powers and Tory Webb knocked down shots on back-to-back possessions, and Powers sank a pair of free throws to put the Eagles up seven heading into the final minute.
"We got down to the last couple minutes with a five or six point lead, and I felt we had the poise to finish it," Wakefield said. "And that is saying a lot about a bunch of freshmen and sophomores."
Webb, the team's only senior, and the rookie Powers were each voted to the all-tournament second team. Webb led the tournament in shooting percentage by knocking down 17 of 24 (.708) over the three games and was second in rebounds with 14.7 on average.
"Tory was stellar," Wakefield said. "Her leadership is one of the reasons we went as far as we did this year."
Powers led the Eagles with 12 points, while Webb finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds.
Damascus finished the season with a 27-4 record.
"This group really overachieved — they had an awesome year," Wakefield said.
Damascus opens with a win over Days Creek
1A GIRLS BASKETBALL
|Damascus Christian Eagles (26-3)|
|Days Creek Wolves (18-11)|
The Damascus Christian girls basketball team continued its surprising season with a 47-39 win over Days Creek in the 1A quarterfinals Thursday afternoon in Baker City.
The Eagles, who have five sophomores and two rookies seeing significant playing time, improved to 26-3 on the season after surviving a playoff game that saw nine lead changes.
"It's a bunch of young kids and they are keeping it going — it's been a lot of fun," Damascus coach Dave Wakefield said. "They aren't all that flashy, but they just work hard, play with a smart I.Q. and do things right."
Noelle Wakefield sank a 3-pointer, her fourth of the game, to put Damascus ahead to stay 38-37 with 3:48 left. McKenna Patrick followed with a jumper on the next trip down the floor.
Days Creek shot itself in the foot with four consecutive misses from the free-throw line. The Eagles gained some breathing room with Wakefield hitting a jumper, then applied the finishing touches when Patrick got behind the Wolves' full-court press for a breakaway layup that put Damascus up seven heading into the final minute.
Days Creek opened up an 11-point lead late in the first quarter of Thursday's quarterfinal game behind early 3s from Moriah Michaels and Megan Kruzic.
"They came out and were attacking nonstop against us, which put us in early foul trouble," Wakefield said. "Our bench came through, and we worked hard in the fourth quarter to switch screens and take things away."
Days Creek made only three baskets in the fourth, the last of them a meaningless shot in the final seconds.
Noelle Wakefield beat the buzzer with a 3, and Patrick connected on a deep ball to open the second quarter. A jumper by Savannah Hale and another 3 from Wakefield had the game tied up in a matter of minutes.
"The 3s were big tonight. We hit a couple of those and it broke their zone and opened up room for Tory (Webb)," Wakefield said.
Tory Webb is the Eagles' only senior and a focus of the team's offense operating inside from the block. She finished the game with 14 points and 17 rebounds, while shooting 7-for-11 (.636) from the field.
Damascus fell 55-33 in Friday's semifinals to unbeaten St. Paul, which would go on to win the 1A crown. Webb led the Eagles in the semis with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Emily Powers added 10 points.