Pioneers take third place
The Pioneers (24-5) went 3-1 in the state playoffs, capped off with a 56-46 win Saturday vs. Heppner. Emma Gibb, a freshman from McMinnville, scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Western Mennonite. Jenna Christenson, from Dayton scored 14 points, and Kari Louthan (also of Dayton) added 11 points. Emily Loyd scored six points and had 16 rebounds as well.
The Pioneers defeated Enterprise 37-28 in the 2A quarterfinals but lost 47-32 Friday vs. Regis. The Pioneers finished second to the Rams in the Tri-River Conference and were 2-2 against them.
Regis went on to win the 2A girls state championship game vs. Union.
Gibb and Christenson were awarded for their stellar play in the playoffs. Gibb was named to the All-Tournament First-Team, and Christenson was named to the second team. The Pioneers were first of the eight teams in Pendleton in rebounds with 128 and field goal percentage defense. Gibb was first with 13.7 rebounds per game and Loyd was third, averaging 11 rebounds a game.
In the 2A boys basketball tournament, the Western Mennonite boys team finished fifth. The Pioneers (20-10) defeated Central Linn 55-47 in the quarterfinals but lost 49-39 in the semifinals to Irrigon. The Pioneers then lost 57-50 in the third-place game to Pilot Rock. Wyatt Roth scored 16 points for Western Mennonite, and Malcolm Stovall added 10 points and nine assists.
Western Mennonite’s Victor Hess was named to the 2A boys basketball All-Tournament First Team. The Pioneers made 12-of-38 3-pointers in their three games in Pendleton.