PHS girls basketball team during a timeout
PHS girls basketball team (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School girls basketball team overwhelmed Rainier on Wednesday evening in its home gymnasium, 62-19. The Warriors will be hoping to see the momentum continue on Friday in their Oregon West Conference opener against Cascade.

In the win over the Class 3A Columbians, Philomath vaulted out to leads of 20-6 by the end of the first quarter and 36-12 at halftime. Senior Sage Kramer played three quarters and scored 21 of her 29 points in the first half.

Junior Reagan Larson was also finding the net with 11 points, a performance that included a trio of 3-pointers.

The Warriors defense allowed just two baskets in the second half. Few fouls were called in the game with a combined 12 — seven by Philomath and five by Rainier. There were only six free throws attempted in the contest.

Senior Kalli Budge scored eight points for the Columbians (5-3).

The Warriors (6-2) will now turn their attention to Friday’s league opener against the Cougars. Based on rankings, Philomath and Cascade have been two early-season favorites not only in the Oregon West but in all of Class 4A. Two weeks ago, the Cougars were atop the OSAAtoday coaches’ poll and are now No. 2 with the Warriors in the No. 1 position. In the OSAA computerized rankings, Philomath is No. 1 and Cascade No. 3 behind Gladstone.

Cascade brings an 8-1 record into the game coming off a 57-45 victory over Valley Catholic. The Warriors and Cougars have one opponent in common so far this season with both losing to 5A Silverton — Philomath by a 53-42 margin on Dec. 7 and Cascade by a 56-25 score on Dec. 29.

Friday’s game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

Philomath 62, Rainier 19
Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Philomath HS

Rainier (5-3)663419
Philomath (6-2)2016151162
3 Aubrey Sorensen20-024
10 Kalli Budge40-018
14 Jamie Knox00-010
15 Emmalee Melvin20-005
21 Cordi Biddix02-402
23 Paige Schimmel00-010
4 Lilly Langhorne00-000
20 Luca Krekes00-000
13 Ingrid Hellesto10-002
15 Sage Kramer132-2029
32 Abigail Brown40-018
33 Hailie Couture30-007
45 Reagan Larson40-0211
1 K Bacho00-010
3 Mia Bennett20-005
23 Cassidy Lewis00-020
12 Clara Stanley00-000
10 Ahnika Tryon00-010
3-Point Goals: Rainier 1 (Melvin), Philomath 6 (Larson 3, Kramer, Couture, Bennett)
Fouled Out: None
Total Fouls: Rainier 5, Philomath 7
Technicals: None

Philomath 58, Rainier 6
Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Philomath HS

The Philomath JV team’s record goes to 2-3 with the victory. … Freshman Anneka Steen scored 14 points, including nine in the first quarter. … Sophomore Ahnika Tryon had seven points — all in the third quarter. … Sophomore Elia Gilbert Pla, freshman Mia Cook, sophomore Clara Stanley and freshman Mica Boynton each scored six. … Philomath shutout Rainier in the first half with a 35-0 lead at halftime. … The JV Warriors are scheduled to play at 4 p.m. Friday at home against Cascade.

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