Burns gets by Vale in district hoop action

Kailey McGourty (No. 41) sends a pass toward a teammate against Umatilla in a game earlier this season. McGourty scored nine points against Burns Saturday in the Eastern Oregon League district title game at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. (The Enterprise/File)

LA GRANDE – Great rivalries personify prep sports and the competition between the Burns and Vale varsity girls basketball teams is fast becoming epic.

The Vikings defeated Burns twice during the regular season but Saturday in La Grande the Hilanders posted a 34-32 win to claim the district title and a first-round playoff home game.

“It was back and forth. Our kids gave all they had. One or two things don’t go your way in a game that close, that’s it,” said Vale coach Jason Johnson.

Burns (21-5) will host Santiam Christian . . .