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Following a tough one-point road loss earlier in the week against one of the top 4A girls basketball teams in the state, one had to wonder just how Philomath might react.

Would the Warriors carry over the frustration of coming so close to knocking off Banks? Or, would Philomath be able to pick up where it left off and maintain a high level of play?

PHS coach Ben Silva found out the answers to those questions and deep down, the first-year coach probably had little doubt that his team would persevere and move forward. Hosting a four-team tournament Friday and Saturday, the Warriors rolled to victories of 57-13 over Waldport and 55-45 over previously unbeaten Yamhill-Carlton.

"You always want to win but they're one of those top teams around the state and I felt very pleased with our energy and with our effort that we had up there," Silva said about Wednesday's 52-51 loss at Banks. "We had a couple of shots with about a minute to go that just didn't fall. They were physical and the officials aren't going to call any fouls down the stretch but we had some good looks at it. It was one of those games that could've gone either way, obviously, with it being a one-point game."

Junior Emma Pankalla, who helped spark Philomath in the fourth quarter when Yamhill-Carlton closed to within six, said the team had a positive feel coming out of the Banks game.

"I think we went to Banks just trying to see if we could hang with one of the top teams," she said. "We came out and worked hard and it proved that we can hang with them but it was different coming into the Waldport game."

Waldport, a 2A school that had already struggled in its first three games of the season, was obviously going to not be able to pose the same level of competitiveness as the Braves. But as Pankalla pointed out, the Warriors just needed to stick with their game plan.

"I think it's just working hard and having that energy," said Pankalla, who scored eight of her 11 points in the second half. "That's what we wanted to do at the beginning of the game and that's to just come out and have a lot of energy on defense and fly around because that's how we get a lot of our steals and tips and it takes the other team out of their game."

Philomath (3-1) trailed only briefly in the opening couple of minutes but the Tigers did put up a fight to the end. Yamhill-Carlton was down by just five early in the fourth quarter but the Warriors had all the answers.

"They kinda battled back and were one of those teams that you just couldn't quite pull away from because they're well-coached and an experienced team," Silva said. "But we were able to match that energy at least and then build some leads back up every time they would get back into it."

Philomath put together an 8-0 run over a three-minute stretch of the fourth to ice the game once and for all. Freshman Sage Kramer got it started with a jumpshot and about 30 seconds later, Pankalla fought for an offensive board and scored on a put-back for a 44-35 lead. Senior Riley Weaver then scored back-to-back hoops on a long two-pointer and on a fast break.

"Emma does a great job up top showing some leadership as a junior," Silva said in reference to the stretch run. "She's very experienced and seasoned and able to keep calm when things do get a little hectic, as well as some of our other guards, they also did a great job."

Philomath had been dealing with foul trouble with Berklund sitting on the bench for a good stretch with four fouls. Pankalla fouled out with 50 seconds left in the game, but it's indicative of the type of game the Warriors bring.

"We're able to go pretty deep on our bench and so we can weather some of that," Silva said. "We're physical as well and I think that's going to be the nature of the way we play with the girls flying around and stuff, we'll grab some fouls."

Kramer had a game-high 21 points on seven field goals and 5 of 6 free throws. Pankalla's 11 came on four baskets and 3 of 6 free throws.

Junior Aliya Seibel scored 17 points for the Tigers with 15 of those points coming on 3-pointers.

In Friday's rout over Waldport, the Warriors led 15-2 by the end of the first and 35-7 at halftime. Kramer finished with 17 points on eight field goals and a free throw. In all, nine different players scored for Philomath and 15 saw playing time.

Philomath will play at home Tuesday against Elmira before heading to a tournament at Marshfield. The host school won the 4A state title last season and will obviously offer another great test for the Warriors.


Philomath 57, Waldport 13


Friday at Philomath

WALDPORT (1-3)       2     5     2     4 — 13

PHILOMATH (2-1)     15   20   16     6 — 57

Waldport: Chas Walch 1 1-2 3, Kyle Burks 1 0-0 2, Charity Smith 1 0-0 2, Kyra Pickner 0 2-4 2, Akasha Reich 1 0-0 2, Teira Rodgers 1 0-0 2, Jessica Dooley 0 0-0 0, Kaliah Baker 0 0-0 0, Hadley McSherry 0 0-0 0, Malarie Haines 0 0-0 0. Totals 5 3-6 13.

Philomath: Sage Kramer 8 1-1 17, Rivers Nuno 3 0-0 6, Phaedra Hinds-Cook 3 0-1 6, Mia Rust 3 0-1 6, Emma Pankalla 2 0-0 6, Riley Weaver 2 0-0 4, Braedyn McNeely 1 2-2 4, Sara Bradley 2 0-0 4, Lauren Berklund 2 0-0 4, Lara Hunter 0 0-0 0, Amie Russell 0 0-0 0, Sydney Bradley 0 0-0 0, Olivia Jahn-McLaren 0 0-0 0, Kamden Combs 0 0-0 0, Alexis Van Vlack 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 3-4 57.


Philomath 55, Yamhill-Carlton 45


Saturday at Philomath

YAMHILL-CARLTON (4-1)     9   10   13   13 — 45

PHILOMATH (3-1)             14   12   14   15 — 55

Yamhill-Carlton: Aliya Seibel 6 0-1 17, Sadie Horne 3 3-4 9, Reilly Southard 3 0-0 6, Taylor Reimann 3 0-1 6, Jordynn Rivas 2 1-3 5, Olivia Southard 0 2-2 2, Maddy Bell 0 0-0 0, Olivia Davidson 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 6-11 45.

Philomath: Sage Kramer 7 5-6 21, Emma Pankalla 4 3-6 11, Riley Weaver 3 0-0 6, Mia Rust 3 0-1 6, Lauren Berklund 2 0-0 4, Sydney Bradley 1 1-2 3, Braedyn McNeely 1 0-0 2, Rivers Nuno 1 0-0 2, Lara Hunter 0 0-0 0, Amie Russell 0 0-0 0, Olivia Jahn-McLaren 0 0-0 0, Sara Bradley 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-15 55.


Junior Varsity


Philomath 52, Philomath 11

Friday at Philomath

WALDPORT        0    0     6     5 — 11

PHILOMATH     16   10   11   15 — 52

PHS scoring: Kaili Saathoff 14, Alexis Van Vlack 12, Reagan Larson 12, Kamden Combs 5, Phaedra Hinds-Cook 4, Kiya Smith 3, K Bacho 2, Lara Hunter 0.

Team notes: The JV Warriors went to 3-0 win the win. ... Philomath led 26-0 at halftime. ... Three players hit double figures with Kaili Saathoff scoring 14 points on 6 field goals and 2 of 2 free throws. ... Alexis Van Vlack and Reagan Larson each had 12 points with Larson scoring six of her points on 3-pointers.

North Marion 47, Philomath 38

Saturday at Philomath

NORTH MARION     12     9   12   14 — 47

PHILOMATH           11     7     9   11 — 38

PHS scoring: Phaedra Hinds-Cook 8, Kamden Combs 8, Reagan Larson 8, Rivers Nuno 6, Kiya Smith 3, Braedyn McNeely 2, Lara Hunter 2, Alexis Van Vlack 1, Kaili Saathoff 0, K Bacho 0.

Team notes: Philomath's JV falls to 3-1 with the loss. ... The Warriors trailed by just three points at halftime before the Huskies pulled away in the third and fourth quarters. ... Phaedra Hinds-Cook, Kamden Combs and Reagan Larson shared top scoring honors for PHS with eight apiece. ... Philomath struggled at the free-throw line by hitting 10 of 24. ... The Warriors play at home Tuesday against Elmira.

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