PHS basketball: Shelly Brown

The Philomath High School girls basketball team couldn’t slow down Brookings-Harbor's high-powered offense and 3-point shooting in a 68-38 loss on the road Friday evening in the Class 4A play-in game.

“I was always impressed with our strength and determination through a challenging season,” PHS coach Shelly Brown said. “They grew a lot personally and athletically over the course of the season.”

Brown finished out the season's final seven games as the interim coach after Dave Garvin resigned Jan. 29.

The Warriors put together its top performance of the season two days earlier by stunning Yamhill-Carlton, 62-29. Interestingly, the Tigers regrouped by Friday, defeated Cottage Grove on the road, 49-39, and has advanced to state.

The Oregon West Conference was particularly challenging this season with both Cascade and Stayton advancing to state as automatic qualifiers. North Marion, Newport and Yamhill-Carlton all advanced through play-in victories.

In the loss to Brookings-Harbor, sophomore Emma Pankalla had a team-high 10 points. Senior Bree Couture scored eight and junior Olivia Jahn-McLaren had seven.

Brookings-Harbor (15-10) hit 11 3-pointers in the contest. Senior Abby Farmer scored 31 for the Bruins, including 19 in the first half with the help of four 3-pointers. Farmer became her school's all-time leading scorer with the performance, breaking a record that had stood since 1987.

Brookings-Harbor, the runner-up out of the Far West League, moved on to state and will face Baker Friday.

Philomath ends the season with an overall record of 10-14.

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