CORVALLIS, Ore. — It was a slower start than what the Mazama Vikings had been accustomed to in the tournament, but the end result was the same. In the OSAA 4A Girls Basketball State Championship final, the Mazama Vikings won 53-43 over La Grande to claim the school’s first-ever girls basketball championship.
After being so dominant in the first two games, opening to first quarter leads of 11 and seven, Mazama trailed 11-10 after one quarter in the title match-up.
Throughout the game, La Grande continued to take momentum back from the Vikings, but never seemed to sustain a lead. In all, the lead changed eight times, with the same number of ties.
Senior Hannah Reynolds had her biggest scoring game of the tournament with a game-high 16 points. Megan Morris, who along with Reynolds was named to the All-Tournament First Team, scored 13 points and had six steals. Fellow senior Karena Foust scored nine points.
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Caileigh Smith had her second double-digit rebounding performance with 11 boards along with eight points. She was named All-Tournament Second Team.
Mazama shot its worst percentage of the tournament, making just 33 percent from the field. La Grande was 29 percent. The Vikings still finished with the most points scored per game in the tournament and had the second-best shooting percentage.
Breanna Partney scored 12 points for La Grande, but fouled out with 5:56 left in the fourth quarter trying to recover a loose ball. The Tigers were led by Lauren Mills’ 13 points and a co-team-best eight rebounds with Madison Elliott.
The loss was the second by La Grande in a state title game following its 41-34 loss to Wilsonville in the 2002 3A championship game. There were only four classifications of schools in the state at time. Mazama was in its first appearance.