E-Gals move on to 2nd round in State Championship with big win over Ione Cardinals

Haley Miller of the Joseph Eagles, heading for her next basket in a game that was dominated the Joseph Eagles. Photography ©Angelika Ursula Dietrich

By Katy Nesbitt
For Wallowa Valley Online

JOSEPH, Ore – The Joseph girls’ basketball team jumped out to an early lead over Ione Wednesday night in round one of the state playoffs, scoring 30 points in the first
quarter. When all was said and done, the Eagles beat the Cardinals 62-24.

The last home game for the four seniors, Haley Emma Hite, Ella Coughlan and Natalie Gorham, ended on a high note. Coach Lance Homan was pleased
with the Eagles’ victory over Ione.

“Defensively our girls were very much on top of their game and our press was effective and lead to easy baskets,” Homan said. “It was a total team effort.”
The Eagles finished the season with a 24-3 win-loss record. With their sharp shooting and tough defense the girls are well poised for their game this weekend
against Mohawk High School in Marcola.

Homan said he has high hopes for the girls in their game on the west side of the state. “They (Mohawk) won their league. It should be a good game,” Homan said.

If the Eagles win, they go to the three-day state championship in Baker City February 28 –March 1.

Friday night the girls are in for a treat – tickets to the OSU vs. USC women’s basketball game in Corvallis.

They face Mohawk High at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Pictures from this and other Wallowa County High school basketball games are available for sale here 

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