COOS BAY – The Marshfield and North Bend women’s basketball teams both ended the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday basketball tournament on a high note on Saturday, winning their final games in the three-day event .
Marshfield, who also avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs in the consolation semifinals on Friday after losing their first two games, edged Brookings-Harbor 24-19 in a low-scoring affair for fourth place.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, dominated Hidden Valley 52-42 in the seventh-place game.
Marshfield, who also beat Brookings-Harbor earlier in the week, improved to 3-2 throughout the tournament.
Marshfield fell to Redmond 45-24, but rebounded to beat North Bend 48-30.
“I think we got better this weekend,” said Marshfield coach Doug Miles. “We struggled against Redmond, but even in this game we showed flashes of good stuff.
Paige MacDuff had nine points in the loss to the Panthers.
In the win over the Bulldogs, Charlie Dea had 17 points, Kate Miles 11 and Tatum Montiel eight.
“We played our best game of the year against North Bend,” said Doug Miles. “We’re really starting to find our identity on the defensive end of the ball.
“Our young children are starting to learn to be physical and to play to be competitive. We are fighting offensively, but I see signs of improvement. “
Dea and Kate Miles had six points each against Brookings-Harbor, while Ashlyn Schofield scored eight for the Bruins. Schofield hit the winner on the buzzer as Brookings-Harbor beat Hidden Valley to reach the game for fourth place.
The Pirates face Molalla on Tuesday and Cascade on Wednesday in the Cascade Holiday Classic.
North Bend has had its ups and downs in the tournament, playing two great quarterbacks in a 56-38 loss to Crook County before falling to the Pirates and defeating Hidden Valley.
“I think we’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to be competitive most nights,” North Bend coach Mike Forrester said after the tournament. “We have an interesting mix of talents. Our best attacking group is not our best defensive group.
“We faced a group of bigger athletes today, but we were slow in attack. Later, we opted for a faster formation which helped us in defense. One thing I do know is that in the right situation we have 10 different athletes who can walk on the floor and play hard. “
In the first game against Crook County, North Bend faced six girls in the first quarter and all six landed a shot.
It was a close game until Crook County was 15-0 between the first and second quarters – the Bulldogs had just two points in the second.
North Bend’s Adrianna Frank came out red in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in the first three minutes, including four consecutive three points. She finished with 22 for the night.
But the closest North Bend obtained was eight points.
Frank had nine points and Nevaeh Edera 10 against Marshfield.
Against Hidden Valley, Frank had 23 points and Trinity Barker 18 (10 on free throws). North Bend led the Mustangs 30-21 in the second half.
“I was disappointed with some of the decisions I made defensively against Marshfield,” said Forrester. “I definitely came out coached.
“I really liked our intensity in the first and third periods against Crook County, but we didn’t put four quarters of that together. I’m glad we put four quarters together today before our first league game next week.
North Bend, now 5-2, opens the Midwestern League game at North Eugene on Tuesday.
Philomath won the women’s title, winning in the fourth quarter for a 38-31 victory over Crook County.
Tournament MVP Sage Kramer had 13 points to lead the Warriors, while Reagan Larson added 11 and Abigail Brown added nine.
Crook County, which rallied to a tie after trailing early by nine points, got 10 points from Katelynn Weaver.
Junction City beat Redmond 46-45 in the third place game.
In addition to Kramer, the all tournament squad included Philomath’s Brown, Crook County’s Weaver and Grace Brooks, Molly Nelson of Junction City and Azlynn Ure of Redmond.