The Philomath High School girls basketball team won its sixth straight game Friday night with a 56-34 victory over Tillamook.
Senior Haidyn Ecker scored 15 points, sophomore Emma Pankalla had 12 and freshman Mia Rust finished with 11 for the Warriors.
Philomath led from the start with Ecker controlling the opening tip to Reiley Reichhuber who then found Pankalla streaking to the basket.
"It was good to make a long trip and come out ready to play," PHS coach Dave Garvin said. "It shows maturity and leadership by our athletes, and with as strong as our league is, those will be needed qualities if we are to do well."
The Warriors held leads of 16-7 at the end of the first and 26-18 at halftime. Although Philomath maintained the lead, Garvin said there were issues with fouls and breakdowns on defense along with untimely turnovers and missed shots on offense.
"In the third quarter, we began playing like we are capable of playing and turned things around," Garvin said. "We really took the ball inside well on offense and when we turned the pressure up defensively, we began to pull away."
The Warriors outscored the Cheesemakers 17-4 in the third quarter.
"About midway through the quarter, Riley Weaver forced three turnovers in four Tillamook possessions and that seemed to spark us as we extended the lead quickly," Garvin said. "From then on, we began to play well on both ends of the court. We got the break going and began to attack the hoop much better."
Philomath took advantage of turnovers in the third, forcing a dozen over those eight minutes compared to 10 over the entire first half. The Warriors also grabbed five offensive boards and allowed just one.
Despite limited time because of foul trouble, Ecker had a double-double with 10 rebounds to go along with her 15 points. Pankalla had three assists and just one turnover while scoring her dozen.
Weaver was a top player on the coach's defensive charts, shot 50 percent from the field and dished out three assists. Reichhuber was solid defensively, Garvin said, and also had three assists.
Rust scored her 11 off the bench and another freshman, Braedyn McNeely, drew two offensive charge fouls.
"Both of those plays got the team and fans who made the long drive fired up," Garvin said, who added that Bree Couture also did a solid job on the boards and defensively in relief of Ecker.
On another positive note, Hailey Matthews returned for the first time since suffering injuries Dec. 2.
As a team, PHS shot 44 percent from the field compared to 35.9 percent for Tillamook. The Warriors had some struggles at the foul line at 52.6 percent and had 21 turnovers, but Garvin said the team passed well with 17 assists on the 22 field goals.
Philomath ends the nonleague schedule with a 9-4 record. Oregon West Conference play begins Tuesday at Stayton.
Philomath 56, Tillamook 34
Friday at Tillamook
PHILOMATH (9-4) 16 10 17 13 — 56
TILLAMOOK (3-10) 7 11 4 12 — 34
Philomath: Haidyn Ecker 5 4-4 15, Emma Pankalla 5 2-4 12, Mia Rust 4 3-7 11, Lauren Berklund 3 0-0 6, Reiley Reichhuber 2 0-2 5, Riley Weaver 2 0-0 4, Bree Couture 1 0-0 2, Carrie Lillis 0 1-2 1, Hailey Matthews 0 0-0 0, Beth Manning 0 0-0 0, Olivia Jahn-McLaren 0 0-0 0, Braedyn McNeely 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 10-19 56.
Tillamook: Maddie Reeves 6 1-4 13, Laci Lourenzo 5 0-1 10, Lexie Crabtree 2 3-4 7, Dana Hoodenpyl 1 1-2 3, Alexis Stevens 0 1-2 1, Abby Doud 0 0-2 0, Ashleigh Perdew 0 0-0 0, Chloe Weber 0 0-0 0, Sidney Stevens 0 0-1 0, Raven Maloy 0 0-0 0, Mickinley Brodie 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 6-16 34.
Philomath 57, Tillamook 10
Friday at Tillamook
PHILOMATH 16 14 8 19 — 57
TILLAMOOK 0 8 0 2 — 10
PHS scoring: Sydney Bradley 16, Emma Matthews 15, Phaedra Hinds-Cook 14, Sara Bradley 9, Rivers Nuno 3, Amie Russell 0.
Team notes: Philomath's JV team remains unbeaten at 13-0. ... The Warriors held an opponent to 10 points for the second straight game. ... Sydney Bradley, Emma Matthews and Phaedra Hinds-Cook combined for 45 of the team's 57 points. ... Those three players scored points in every quarter. ... The Warriors led 30-8 at halftime and shutout the Cheesemakers in both the first and third quarters. ... Philomath plays Tuesday at Stayton.
Junior Varsity II
Philomath 66, Tillamook 10
Friday at Tillamook
Top PHS scorers: Alexis Van Vlack 17, Madison Rogers 13, Dani Beck 10, Jordyn Foster 10 (Scoring by quarters and complete scoring statistics not available).
Team notes: Philomath entered this week unbeaten at 7-0 ... Coach Stacey Barnes said the team "played tough defense and was very patient on offense." ... The JVII Warriors are scheduled to play Tuesday at Stayton.