Lady Viks claim fourth at state

Vale’s Kailey McGourty tries to power through the Burns defense during an Eastern Oregon League contest earlier this season. McGourty and the rest of her teammates helped the Vikings claim fourth place at the state tourney. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

NORTH BEND – Vale girls basketball coach Jason Johnson summed up his team’s performance at the Class 3A state girls basketball tournament in three sentences.

“It was fun. A lot of fun. The most fun I’ve had in a long time,” said Johnson.

The Vikings saw big games from key players and finished out the 2020 season with a 34-33 victory over Willamina Saturday to claim fourth place at the tournament.

Johnson said the tournament play by his team was impressive.

“I think our kids came about as close to their potential . . .