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Bethany Baker, The World

North Bend swept the seventh-place games in the Harding Gym on Saturday morning, finishing the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday Basketball Tournament on a positive note.

North Bend’s girls got 17 points from Haley Edwards on her 17th birthday while beating Gladstone 53-34.

The boys, meanwhile, got a free throw from Garrison Mateski with 3.9 seconds to go to edge Crook County 42-41.

In the girls game, Gladstone was down just 14-12 after one quarter, but North Bend pulled away, clinching the win by hitting free throws when the Gladiators fouled frequently in the fourth quarter.

By the end of the contest, three Gladstone players had fouled out and two others had four fouls. North Bend shot 42 free throws, making 23.

“I was really proud of our girls,” North Bend coach Adam Decker said. “They kept their composure. (The Gladiators) were fouling a lot.”

In addition to Edwards, Haley Snelgrove scored 13, Megan Proett 11 and Makoa Matthews seven for North Bend.

Aaliyah Asad had 11 points for Gladstone.

The win was the second of the season for North Bend, which next plays last year’s runner-up Banks and third-place Seaside on the road on back-to-back nights Monday and Tuesday.

“We’re making progress,” Decker said. “Every game, we’re getting better.”

North Bend’s boys led most of the way as Crook County struggled with its shooting, but the Cowboys got hot late, with Chase Bales hitting a pair of free throws, the latter giving the Cowboys the lead.

Jayden Frank put North Bend back in front with a three-point play before Bales tied the score with 30 seconds to go. The Bulldogs ran down the clock and Mateski was fouled on a rebound attempt. He did what both teams struggled to do — make a free throw — and North Bend won when a last-second attempt by Bales was off the mark.

“We’ve been pretty hungry for a win,” North Bend’s Randy Vader said.

Vader led North Bend with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, on a day when Frank’s minutes were limited because he has been “pretty beat up” the past few games.

“He needed the rest,” said North Bend coach Chris Emmerson, who continues to try numerous players looking for the right combinations, and had 11 players see action Saturday.

“I was happy with the effort the kids gave,” Emmerson said, though he added, “I think we need to be better.”

With Frank on the bench, Vader took on more of a leading roll and carried the bulk of the scoring, as well as pulling down six rebounds.

“Coach has been on me for getting leadership,” he said.

North Bend shot poorly from the field (17-for-49) and worse from the line (4-for-12). But both numbers were better than the Cowboys (17-for-62 and 2-for-8).

Bales had 12 points and six rebounds to lead Crook County.


Philomath 60, Junction City 59, OT: The Warriors edged the Tigers for third place in a thriller that contrasted the Warriors’ inside game and the 3-point shooting of the Tigers.

The contest wasn’t decided until Jake Vanras made just two of three free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Nolan Jackson had 18 points, Marshall Brattain 16 and Ethan Manning 13 for the Warriors.

Colton Ditlefsen and Trae Knabe each hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Junction City.

Sutherlin 56, North Valley 33: The Bulldogs outscored the Knights by a combined 32-9 in the first and third quarters to win the fourth-place game.

Albert Christianson had 15 points and Riley Westbrooks 11 for Sutherlin. Daniel Cram scored 10 for the Knights in the loss.


Sutherlin 40, North Valley 22: The Bulldogs broke open a close game in the second half to capture third place.

Sutherlin led 13-12 at the break, but outscored the Knights 10-5 in the third quarter and then got two 3-pointers and 10 points from Kiersten Haines in the fourth to pull away.

Haines finished with a game-high 13 points and Savannah McHugill added 10 and Paige Bailey nine for Sutherlin. Baylee Touey had seven to lead North Valley.