Physical Lady Vikings come up short against Burns

Vale's Gracee Jacobs battles McKenzie Hoyt of Burns during an Eastern Oregon League game Saturday night. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Burns head coach Brandon McMullen’s face didn’t show much emotion after the game with league rival Vale Saturday night. Understandably, he was pleased after his No.1-ranked Hilanders escaped the Viking gym with a 50-46 Eastern Oregon League win.

Yet there was no mistaking a subtle sense of relief in McMullen’s demeanor, as he reflected on what seemed just another league game but quickly evolved into a four-quarter endurance test.

Saturday night’s game was a bruising, physical contest where the Viking girls delivered a season’s worth of punishment within the space of four quarters.

How bruising? The Hilanders (6-0, 19-1 overall) lost their starting post . . .