Mia Rust
PHS senior Mia Rust drives on Corvallis's Ava Prechel during Thursday night's game. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

A barrage of 3-pointers in the first half and a key offensive rebound on a missed free throw in the fourth quarter helped Class 5A Corvallis hold on for a 54-48 victory on Thursday night over Class 4A Philomath.

Both teams came into the contest undefeated.


Corvallis buried five 3-pointers in the first quarter and three more in the second quarter to build a 37-28 lead at halftime.

“They’re a very good team for sure,” PHS coach Ben Silva said. “We gave up too many 3s in the first half and had some breakdowns on the offensive end.”

Despite all of those CHS 3-pointers, the Warriors trailed just 17-15 through the first 8 minutes. Junior Sage Kramer scored 11 of Philomath’s points in the first quarter with Mia Rust and K Bacho also hitting. But Kramer did get into foul trouble and Silva had to keep her on the bench throughout the second quarter.

“Some of the young girls came in and did a good job,” Silva said. “It was tied through most of the second going back and forth and they stretched it out before halftime.”

Sage Kramer
Philomath junior Sage Kramer looks for the hoop while surrounded by Corvallis players during Thursday night’s game. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Abigail Brown came off the bench to score six in the second quarter. Reagan Larson, Mia Bennett and Rust also had points.

“We were down at nine at halftime and battled back and tied it in the third quarter,” Silva said. “It kinda went back and forth in the fourth quarter and they made a couple of shots. We had some good looks but I think we ran out of gas a little bit.”

Kramer, Rust and Hailie Couture did the scoring in the third for the Warriors and the game was tied 43-43 going into the final quarter.

A key point in the game occurred with just under a minute remaining. Corvallis was up by two points and at the foul line with an opportunity to extend its lead. Shooting out of a 1-and-1 situation, the first attempt was no good but Silva said the ball “took one of those goofy bounces and they got the rebound. We could’ve had the ball and down by two with about 50 seconds left.”

Corvallis went back to the foul line and converted to pull away near the end for a five-point win.

Kramer finished with 21 points on nine field goals, one of those a 3-pointer, and 2 of 2 free throws. Rust had 11 points on four field goals and 1 of 2 free throws.

K Bacho, Abigail Brown, Ben Silva
Philomath’s K Bacho, from left, Abigail Brown and Ben Silva get caught up in the moment during Thursday’s game at Corvallis. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

“It was good for us … we need to learn some things that we definitely need to improve on,” Silva said.

Philomath (8-1) will play its home finale at 7 p.m. Friday against Sisters. The team’s seniors will be recognized. The Warriors finish the regular season with three road games next week.

Corvallis 54, Philomath 48
Thursday, June 10, at Corvallis HS
Philomath (8-1)15131552848
Corvallis (11-0)17206113754
13-Mia Rust41-2311
15-Sage Kramer92-2521
33-Hailie Couture11-223
34-Kaili Saathoff00-030
45-Reagan Larson11-243
1-K Bacho10-002
32-Abigail Brown30-126
5-Mia Bennett10-002
10-Bailey Bell00-000
2-Elka Prechel40-0211
3-Kylie Bluhm11-213
10-Sevennah Van De Riet23-817
21-Ruby Krebs60-1015
23-Ava Prechel22-248
42-Anna Dazey41-219
1-Sydney Conklin01-231
24-Kylie Sullivan00-000
3-Point Goals: Philomath 1 (Kramer), Corvallis 8 (E. Perchel 3, Krebs 3, A. Prechel 2)
Fouled Out: Kramer
Total Fouls: Philomath 19, Corvallis 12
Technicals: None

Philomath 28, Corvallis 26
Thursday, June 10, at Corvallis HS
The JV team keeps its perfect record intact with the victory, going to 8-0 on the season. … The Warriors led 14-13 at halftime. … Philomath was 0 for 5 at the free-throw line in the first half and 5 for 14 for the game. … Madeline Fields scored 10 points, including six in the fourth quarter. … Three players scored all 26 Corvallis points. … The JV team is scheduled to play Friday at home vs. Cascade.

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