Coquille’s girls basketball team kept its share of first place in the Sunset Conference by edging rival Myrtle Point 36-34 on Friday night.
The Red Devils used aggressive offense to get the visiting Bobcats in foul trouble and took advantage at the line. Though their percentage wasn’t great (Coquille shot just 18-for-34), the number of free throws was as the Red Devils scored half their points at the line.
Taylor GeDeros scored a game-high 15 points for the Red Devils, who improved to 4-1 in league play heading into a big game at Bandon on Tuesday that could help push Coquille closer to a spot in the Class 3A playoffs. The Red Devils, Bandon and Glide are battling for a single spot in the postseason.
Nicole Romine added five rebounds and four points for Coquille, coming on two big offensive put-backs late in the game to help hold off the Bobcats.
Caitlyn Robison had 10 points for the Bobcats, who could have moved into a tie with the Red Devils with a victory.
The Bobcats also trail 4-1 Gold Beach in the standings and host the Panthers on Tuesday in a key game in the race for the league’s two spots in the Class 2A district playoffs.
Gold Beach 35, Glide 28: The Panthers got 16 points from Morrigan Clifford and 10 from Eliza Lander as they bounced back from their first league loss to beat the visiting Wildcats.
Gold Beach built an 18-10 halftime lead and held on for the victory.
Kali Vickery led Glide with eight points.
Bandon 47, Reedsport 40: The Tigers outscored the Braves 15-7 in the third quarter to turn a two-point deficit into an advantage they kept the rest of the way.
“We just had a little bit more composure in the second half than we did in the first,” said Bandon coach Amanda Duey.
Hailey Iverson had 14 points and Raelyn Freitag added 13 for the Tigers.
“This was the first time we’ve outrebounded a team in a long time, and they’re bigger than us, so I was proud of the girls for that,” Duey said.
Gabby White had 18 points and Kayla Doane added 11 for Reedsport.
Bandon has two big league games at home this week, facing Coquille on Tuesday and Glide on Friday. Reedsport visits Glide on Tuesday and then hosts Gold Beach on Friday.
Far West League
North Bend 49, Siuslaw 32: The Bulldogs evened their league record with the road win over the Vikings.
“We played well,” said North Bend coach Mike Forrester. “We were really patient offensively.”
The teams were tied at 12 after the first quarter, but Emma Powley hit three straight shots in the second to pull Siuslaw out of a triangle-and-two defense and the Bulldogs pulled away.
Cherise Kirkpatrick led North Bend with 13 points, her best game since coming back from an injury.
“It’s good to see that confidence coming back,” Forrester said.
Britni Ring added 12 points, and was 8 of 9 from the line.
“That was huge,” Forrester said.
Ashlee Cole had 15 points and Alexandra Dodson 10 for Siuslaw.
Sutherlin 53, Douglas 37: The Bulldogs had by far their toughest test of the league season.
Sutherlin led just 20-17 at halftime before pulling away.
Miranda Mendenhall had 15 points and Kayce Mock added 14 for the Bulldogs, who improved to 18-0 and handed Douglas its first league loss.
Katherine Miller had 15 points to lead the Trojans.
Brookings-Harbor 73, South Umpqua 18: The Bruins pulled into a second-place tie with Douglas by beating the visiting Lancers.
Brookings-Harbor visits first-place Sutherlin when league play resumes on Friday.
New Hope 49, Powers 35: The visiting Warriors overcame a 19-12 halftime deficit to beat the Cruisers.
“We gave them a game for a while, but they caught fire in the second half,” Powers coach Ben Baldwin said.
Kendall Stallard had 15 points for the Cruisers and Rebecca Standley added eight points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
The Cruisers trailed by just two points entering the final eight minutes, but got outscored 22-10 in the fourth.
The Cruisers have a bye in the schedule today and host Camas Valley this Friday before traveling to Elkton on Saturday.
Pacific 41, Camas Valley 38: Camas Valley missed a three-quarter court heave at the buzzer as the Pirates pulled away after a sluggish start.
Pacific was down eight at the half, but battled back behind tough defense from Mirina Byrne and scoring from their bench. Riley Engdahl led the way for Pacific with 16 points and Hannah Fortune added 12.
Far West League
North Bend 54, Siuslaw 33: The Bulldogs kept their league record perfect with the win at Siuslaw on Friday.
The win, coupled with Brookings-Harbor’s victory over South Umpqua, gives North Bend a two-game lead in the standings after just four games.
The Bulldogs broke the game open with an 18-0 run that bridged the middle two quarters.
Hamilton Mateski had 12 points and Zach Barker and Drew Matthews added 10 each.
Jake Thompson had 14 points for the Vikings.
North Bend wraps up the first half of the league season next Friday with a home game against Douglas.
The bye Tuesday will be good for the team, coach Tom Nicholls said.
“We’ve got to get back to work and clean some things up,” he said.
Sutherlin 73, Douglas 28: The Bulldogs limited the Trojans to 17 percent shooting while winning on the road.
Derrick Wattman had 19 points and Taler Jensen added 14 for Sutherlin. Riley Lavin and Jordan Shaffer had eight each for Douglas.
Brookings-Harbor 69, South Umpqua 54: The Bruins created a four-way tie for second place with the Lancers, Sutherlin and Siuslaw.
Coquille 64, Myrtle Point 36: The Red Devils bounced back from their first league loss with a dominant performance at home.
Larry Bowen had 21 points and Caleb Owens added 18 for the Red Devils, who took advantage of a misfortune for the Bobcats, who were without Kyle Seals after he was in an accident this week.
Coquille had a 47-19 rebounding edge and also held Myrtle Point’s other big post — Matt Newton — scoreless.
Brad Larsen had 13 points and Cooper Stateler added 11 for the Bobcats, who fell out of a first-place tie with the Red Devils and Glide.
Myrtle Point has a big league game at home against Gold Beach on Tuesday, while Coquille visits Bandon.
Glide 53, Gold Beach 37: Jacob Fricke had 22 points and Brandon Halter added 13 as the Wildcats won on the road to keep pace with the Red Devils in the league standings.
Glide outscored the Panthers 28-14 in the middle two quarters to pull away for the victory.
Garrett Litterell had 16 points for the Panthers.
Reedsport 53, Bandon 39: The Braves got their first league win, shooting out to an 18-5 lead after the first quarter behind torrid shooting.
“They shot the ball great,” Bandon coach Ken Nice said of the Braves, who had 10 3-pointers, six by Montana Frame.
The Reedsport senior had 19 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 22, while Brady Strowbridge added 10.
Evan Henson had 15 points and Tristian Davidson added eight for the Tigers.
“We just didn’t shoot the ball well,” Nice said.
New Hope 70, Powers 38: Austin Abbott scored 23 points to lead the Warriors to the road win.
Devin MacKensen had 14 points and Aaron Pedrick added nine for Powers.
Camas Valley 39, Pacific 36: The Hornets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Pirates.
Tylier Cline had 13 points to lead Pacific in the losing effort. Weston Tilton led Camas Valley with 10.