Madeline Fields, Bailey Bell
Madeline Fields, Bailey Bell (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School girls basketball team wrapped up play in the Oregon West Conference on Wednesday with a 66-14 victory at Newport. With a game that had been scheduled for Friday at Sweet Home canceled, the Warriors will now prepare for next week’s Class 4A showcase tournament.

Against Newport, the Warriors scored 23 points in both the first and third quarters and held the Cubs to a single field goal in the second half to post another easy conference win. Philomath beat league opponents — whether they counted in the standings or not — by an average of 31 points. Ten of those 11 wins had a margin of victory of 22 points or more.

Coach Ben Silva said Sweet Home canceled because the Huskies did not have enough players available. The Warriors beat Sweet Home, 73-29, on June 4.

In the win over the Cubs, Philomath led 23-9 after the first and 31-12 at halftime. Junior Sage Kramer scored 13 of her 26 points in the first quarter alone. For the game, she had 11 field goals, three of those 3-pointers, and converted on her only free throw attempt.

Senior Mia Rust finished with 10 points on three field goals and 4 of 5 free throws.

The pairings for the 4A tournament have not yet been finalized but Philomath is expected to play a home game on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. It’s possible that the Warriors would end up playing at a neutral site Tuesday if matched up against a team from eastern Oregon, such as Baker.

The 4A tournament’s semifinals will be played June 24 at North Bend with the championship game following on June 25 at Marshfield. A third-place game will also be played on June 25 at North Bend.

Philomath’s record for the season overall stands at 11-1 with the lone loss coming by six points at 5A unbeaten Corvallis.

Philomath 66, Newport 14
Wednesday, June 16 at Newport HS
Philomath (11-1)23823123166
Newport (1-10)93201214
13-Mia Rust34-5010
15-Sage Kramer111-1026
33-Hailie Couture01-211
34-Kaili Saathoff30-006
45-Reagan Larson01-401
1-K Bacho21-211
10-Bailey Bell10-002
32-Abigail Brown31-227
4-Madeline Fields20-214
5-Mia Bennett10-002
23-Cassidy Lewis10-022
2-Abigail Green12-334
11-Victoria Johnson00-010
15-Caliyah Covington00-020
22-Tori Smith10-023
23-Piper Thompson20-015
32-Michaela Wagner10-022
13-Kaydence McKuhn00-010
3-Point Goals: Philomath 3 (Kramer 3), Newport 2 (Thompson, Smith)
Fouled Out: None
Total Fouls: Philomath 7, Newport 12
Technicals: None

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