PHS girls basketball: Emma Pankalla

Philomath's Emma Pankalla, seen here earlier this season against Elmira, scored 16 points in Thursday's win over Harrisburg. Pankalla began the season with an injury but has an 11.2 scoring average in the five games she has played in.


The Philomath High School girls basketball team rolled over Harrisburg Thursday in a tournament at Elmira, 66-36, to get its record back above the .500 mark.

The Warriors took control of the game right away with a 21-9 lead by the end of the first quarter.

"We weren't consistent on either end, but had defensive spurts and offensive runs," Garvin said. "Emma (Pankalla) and Lauren (Berklund) led the way with six and five points, respectively, in the quarter. We were moving the ball and hitting the open player well."

In the second quarter, Garvin said the team had a more balanced attack in the scoring column and despite giving up 10 points, the defense was "much more solid."

"They scored most of their points this quarter by converting our live turnovers into points," he said.

Philomath kept the juice going in the second half with another offensive run in the third quarter. With a 47-28 lead going into the fourth, Garvin cleared the bench to get some playing time in for the reserves.

"We passed the ball well throughout the game and shot well," Garvin said, a 54-percent shooting percentage backing up those comments. "Turnovers were down, although we struggled with certain things that Harrisburg did."

Harrisburg came at the Warriors with a quick lineup that played a half-court trapping zone defense throughout the game. Philomath had 18 turnovers compared to 26 for the Eagles.

Pankalla was 8-of-12 shooting for 16 points and Berklund scored her 16 on 5-of-6 shooting and 6 of 10 on free throws. Those were season highs for both players. Pankalla also had eight rebounds and five assists while limiting her turnovers.

Haidyn Ecker stood out on defense and also made 3 of 4 field goals and a free throw for seven points. She also had seven assists and six boards. Berklund and Mia Rust each added four rebounds.

Stephanie Pelkey had 11 points for 3A Harrisburg (4-6).

Philomath (4-3) continues play in the Elmira tournament at 4 p.m. Friday against Douglas. The Warriors then take a break before resuming the season Jan. 5.

Philomath 66, Harrisburg 36

Thursday at Elmira

HARRISBURG (4-6)    9   10     9     8 — 36

PHILOMATH (5-4)     21   15   16   14 — 66

Harrisburg: Stephanie Pelkey 4 2-2 11, Mya Langley 4 0-0 9, Alexis Thomas 4 0-0 8, Sammy Christensen 2 2-4 6, Mallory Campbell 1 0-0 2, Emmily Cheek 0 0-0 0, Hope Bucher 0 0-0 0, Cynthia Downs 0 0-0 0, Monae Knox 0 0-0 0, Rebecca Brown 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 4-6 36.

Philomath: Emma Pankalla 8 0-0 16, Lauren Berklund 5 6-10 16, Haidyn Ecker 3 1-1 7, Reiley Reichhuber 3 0-0 7, Carrie Lillis 2 1-2 5, Mia Rust 2 1-2 5, Beth Manning 1 1-2 3, Braedyn McNeely 1 0-0 3, Riley Weaver 1 0-0 2, Olivia Jahn-McClaren 1 0-0 2, Bree Couture 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 10-17 66.

Junior Varsity

Team notes: The JV squad went to 9-0 on the season with its win Thursday over Harrisburg at the Elmira tournament. ... The score and individual scoring were not available. ... Philomath is scheduled to play Friday in Elmira against Douglas.

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