BAKER CITY – The Jordan Valley girls basketball team ended its post-season run with a fourth-place trophy after defeating North Douglas of Drain 43-41 on Saturday, March 4, at the Class 1A state tournament in Baker City.
Jill Gammett scored 14 points while teammate Kenzie Tuttle added 10 and the Mustangs came from behind to clinch the victory. Jordan Valley fell behind in the fourth stanza but relied on steady shooting from the free-throw line – the Mustangs hit 19 of 30 from the charity stripe for the game – to get the win.
Jordan Valley lost its first game at the state tournament to Crane 43-26 on Wednesday, March 1, but beat Country Christian 61-56 on Thursday, March 2, to earn a chance to play for fourth place
Against, North Douglas, the Mustangs prevailed with grit, said coach Kelsi Skinner.
“My girls just had that drive. They were going to get it done and had a never-quit attitude,” said Skinner.
Skinner said she was proud of the team’s fourth-place finish.
“I think at the beginning of the year not many expected us to be where we were. But the girls put their nose to the grindstone and worked hard and were dedicated. When it came down to it they got the job done,” said Skinner.
Skinner said Gammett and Tuttle put in solid performances during the tournament.
“Jill Gammett had an absolutely phenomenal tournament and Kenzie had a great tournament as well,” said Skinner.
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