PHS girls basketball: Haidyn Ecker

Philomath senior Haidyn Ecker was strong on defense and contributed on offense in three victories last week.


The Philomath High School girls basketball team evened its record at 4-4 on the season with a strong performance on the road Wednesday, defeating Cottage Grove, 52-39.

Three Warriors hit double figures in the victory led by senior Reiley Reichhuber hitting 7 of 9 shots, including two 3-pointers, for a team-high 16 points. Senior Haidyn Ecker scored 12 points on three field goals and a 5 for 6 performance at the free-throw line. Sophomore Emma Pankalla had three field goals, two of those being 3-pointers, and made 3 of 5 foul shots for 11 points.

"Reiley Reichhuber had a fantastic game at both ends of the court," PHS coach Dave Garvin said. "Her and Emma Pankalla both had the task to defend much larger players and both did a very nice job."

Cottage Grove had a tall team on the floor with a starting lineup that included players standing 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and 5-10 to go along with a quick 5-2 guard.

Philomath held a 5-4 lead in the early going despite not making a field goal. The team's first five points all came on Ecker free throws. From there, the Warriors built a 13-7 lead by the end of the first quarter on the strength of 3-pointers by Pankalla and Reichhuber.

Late in the second quarter, Cottage Grove made a run with Ecker on the bench in foul trouble.

"They used some strong offensive rebounding combined with some poor decisions on our part to whittle the lead down," Garvin said.

Cottage Grove took advantage of a turnover and three-point play to get to within 19-18 with 2:50 left in the half.

"It would have been easy to fold, playing such a good, big team at their place but instead, our girls dug down, got a defensive stop and answered their run," Garvin said.

Pankalla hit a 3-pointer for a 22-18 lead and the Lions never got any closer the rest of the game.

With under 36 seconds left in the half and PHS up by 25-19, Cottage Grove took a timeout and tried to slice into its deficit.

"We turned up the defense and not only did we not allow them to get a shot off the rest of the half, we did not even allow them to get a look at the basket," Garvin said. "That was a huge emotional lift for us heading into the locker room, not only up six, but knowing we could shut them down defensively."

Philomath began to find more success on offense in the second half.

"We began to pick apart their 1-3-1 zone with wide open and easy baskets," Garvin said. "I felt we started to see things much better. We moved the ball well and recognized where the seams and gaps were in the zone and attacked them."

The defense was also getting the job done, Garvin said.

"Defensively, it was taking them a long time to even get a look at the hoop the way we were playing defense," he said. "We did get into a bit of foul trouble late in the game, but Bree Couture came in and did a nice job defensively to help preserve the win."

Garvin said Ecker had a strong defensive game along with Pankalla, Braedyn McNeely, Reichhuber and Mia Rust.

Philomath also reached one of its shooting goals by hitting for 45 percent.

Ecker had six rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. Pankalla had five rebounds and four steals. McNeely also had three assists.

The Warriors play again Thursday with a trip to Elmira for a tournament. Philomath will face Harrisburg at 2:15 p.m. On Friday, Philomath plays another game in Elmira with a 4 p.m. contest against Douglas.

Philomath 52, Cottage Grove 39

Wednesday at Cottage Grove

PHILOMATH (4-4)           13   12   12   15 — 52

COTTAGE GROVE (3-5)     7   12     8   12 — 39

Philomath: Reiley Reichhuber 7 0-1 16, Haidyn Ecker 3 5-6 12, Emma Pankalla 3 3-5 11, Lauren Berklund 3 1-2 7, Carrie Lillis 1 1-1 3, Bree Couture 1 0-0 2, Braedyn McNeely 0 1-2 1, Mia Rust 0 0-0 0, Olivia Jahn-McClaren 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 11-17 52.

Cottage Grove: Reilly Kelty 8 2-4 18, Maria Pardee 2 1-2 5, Matty Ladd 1 3-4 5, Tara Child 2 0-2 4, Ema Gardner 1 2-2 4, Mikaela Blomquist 1 0-0 2, Sam May 0 1-3 1, Kate Bachelder 0 0-0 0, Keara Murphy 0 0-0 0, Madison Bethke 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 9-17 39.

Junior Varsity

Philomath 54, Cottage Grove 35

Wednesday at Cottage Grove

PHILOMATH             12   18   11   13 — 54

COTTAGE GROVE     10     6   14     5 — 35

PHS scoring: Emma Matthews 11, Sydney Bradley 11, Kamden Combs 9, Amie Russell 9, Rivers Nuno 6, Sara Bradley 4, Phaedra Hinds-Cook 4.

Team notes: Philomath's JV team remains unbeaten at 8-0. ... The team suited up seven players for the Cottage Grove game and all seven hit at least one shot and scored. ... Emma Matthews scored six of her 11 in the first and Sydney Bradley had seven of her 11 in the second. ... Philomath led by just two after the first before pulling away with an 18-6 run in the second. ... The team heads to a tournament at Elmira to face Harrisburg Thursday and Douglas Friday.

Junior Varsity II

Philomath 45, Cottage Grove 18

Wednesday at Cottage Grove

Team notes: Philomath's JVII team improved to 5-0. ... The JVII squad had only five players available in the second half with some heading over to the JV game that was going on at the same time. The JV team needed extra players because of foul trouble. ... "The girls played hard and played as a team," JVII coach Stacey Barnes said. ... Game statistics were not available. ... The JVII Warriors will next play Jan. 5 at home against Gladstone.



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