The Philomath High School girls basketball team faced two No. 1 teams back-to-back Friday and Saturday in a tournament at Dayton.
The host school headed into Friday's action unbeaten and No. 1 in Class 3A and the Pirates ran away from Philomath en route to a 40-28 win.
Dayton got out to a 10-5 lead through the first quarter.
"We missed three layups in that period and gave up six put-back points," PHS coach Dave Garvin said. "Rebounding was a problem."
By halftime, the Pirates upped their lead to six points.
"We were never able to make a good run at Dayton in the second period, but our defense kept them from pulling away," Garvin said. "Both teams were solid on defense so points were hard to come by."
But in the third, Philomath really went cold and scored just two points. The Warriors had a solid finish in the fourth.
"We played better offensively in the final period, but could not contain their 1 post — she scored all 10 of their points in the fourth quarter," Garvin said. "Our perimeter pressure was poor, allowing them to pass the ball inside too easily."
Dayton reached last season's 3A championship game. The Pirates lost the No. 1 ranking Saturday by losing to unbeaten Salem Academy, which took over the top spot.
Sophomore Emma Pankalla, who was back at practice Wednesday after rolling an ankle in the win over Elmira, scored eight points to go along with four assists, five steals and three blocks. Senior Haidyn Ecker had eight rebounds and four blocks. Freshman Mia Rust had six rebounds.
The Warriors followed with a 60-54 loss to Kennedy, the No. 1 team in Class 2A.
Philomath shot out to a 14-6 lead in this one despite six turnovers and missing out on scoring opportunities, Garvin said. Rust scored six points in the opening eight minutes.
The Warriors held a 29-20 lead at halftime but turnovers continued to be an issue.
"It was a good game to watch," Garvin said. "Kennedy would make a run and cut the lead to one or two points and we would respond, slowly inching away again."
The half ended with Rust passing to Pankalla, who scored on a layup. Garvin said fouls on his posts, however, were a problem.
The Warriors began to show signs of fatigue in the third quarter with Kennedy tying the score, 39-39, heading into the fourth.
Philomath's woes continued in the fourth and the Trojans built a 47-41 lead.
"It would have been easy to fold but the team fought back," Garvin said.
Senior Carrie Lillis hit a couple of 3-pointers on inside-out passes and senior Reiley Reichhuber hit a trey as well to keep the score close.
"We just committed too many fouls and sent them to the line where they hit 10 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter," Garvin said. "We kept fighting and scrapping and gave a good account right until the final buzzer."
Pankalla had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and also had three assists. Rust had a team-high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 2 of 3 free throws.
Reichhuber finished with 10 points, which included two 3-pointers. Ecker had two blocks.
"The disappointing part of the weekend is we're capable of beating both of these teams and didn't get the job done," Garvin said. "But we had really good team energy, did a much better job on the boards Saturday and, at times, did things well offensively. Now we need consistency."
Philomath (3-4) heads Wednesday to Cottage Grove and then plays in a tournament at Elmira with a game against Harrisburg Thursday and Douglas Friday.
Dayton 40, Philomath 28
Friday at Dayton
PHILOMATH (3-3) 5 10 2 11 — 28
DAYTON (7-0) 10 11 9 10 — 40
PHS scoring: Emma Pankalla 3 2-2 8, Mia Rust 2 1-1 5, Reiley Reichhuber 1 2-2 4, Braedyn McNeely 2 0-0 4, Riley Weaver 1 1-2 3, Lauren Berklund 1 0-0 2, Carrie Lillis 0 1-2 1, Haidyn Ecker 0 1-2 1, Beth Manning 0 0-0 0, Bree Couture 0 0-0 0, Olivia Jahn-McClaren 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 8-11 28.
Note: Dayton scoring not available.
Kennedy 60, Philomath 54
Saturday at Dayton
KENNEDY (7-1) 6 14 19 21 — 60
PHILOMATH (3-4) 14 15 10 15 — 54
PHS scoring: Mia Rust 6 2-3 14, Emma Pankalla 4 2-2 10, Reiley Reichhuber 4 0-0 10, Haidyn Ecker 3 1-2 7, Lauren Berklund 3 1-2 7, Carrie Lillis 2 0-0 6, Riley Weaver 0 0-0 0, Beth Manning 0 0-0 0, Braedyn McNeely 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-9 54.
Team notes: Philomath's JV was scheduled to compete at Dayton Friday and Saturday. The newspaper did not receive a report before deadline. ... The JV Warriors play Wednesday at Cottage Grove and Thursday and Friday at a tournament in Elmira.
Junior Varsity II
Team notes: Philomath's JVII team was scheduled to compete in a tournament at Gladstone. The newspaper did not receive a report before deadline. ... The JVII Warriors are scheduled to play Wednesday at Cottage Grove.