Sage Kramer
Sage Kramer is averaging 23 points per game through Philomath’s first two appearances in the tournament in Coos Bay. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

If it wasn’t for Philomath, the Junction City girls basketball team would be undefeated.

For the second time this young season, the Warriors defeated their neighbors to the south — this latest meeting coming Friday in the semifinals of the South Coast Les Schwab Tournament at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay.

Philomath won the game, 49-38, to move on to the tournament’s championship game against the winner of a late Friday matchup between Class 5A schools Crook County and Redmond. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip-off on Saturday.

PHS senior Sage Kramer scored 24 points on seven field goals — one of those a 3-pointer — and 9 of 11 on free throws.

“We did a fantastic job on the defensive end,” PHS coach Ben Silva said about Friday’s victory. “Sage did a great job with a ton of pressure. In the second half, a bunch of other players also stepped up and contributed.”

Silva mentioned 3-pointers that junior Hailie Couture and senior Reagan Larson buried as well as effective finishes to the net by junior Abigail Brown. Also, junior Mia Bennett came off the bench and “was aggressive and played really well in both halves,” Silva said.

The Warriors led just 20-19 at halftime but started to pull away in the third quarter with a 15-6 stretch.

Brown ended up with eight points with all of those coming in the second half. Bennett and Larson each had six.

Junction City, which lost on its home floor to the Warriors on Dec. 4, falls to 4-2. The Tigers had two players in double figures on Friday with 15 from senior Cienna Hartle and 10 from junior Ashlynn Long.

Also on Friday, Kramer won the tournament’s 3-point shooting contest. Couture made the semifinals.

Philomath entered the week ranked No. 2 in the OSAAtoday coaches poll and moves to 4-1 on the season.

Philomath 49, Junction City 38
Friday, Dec. 17, at Marshfield HS, Coos Bay

Philomath (4-1)1010151449
Junction City (4-2)61361338
13 Ingrid Hellesto#00-010
15 Sage Kramer#79-11224
32 Abigail Brown#32-338
33 Hailie Couture#10-123
45 Reagan Larson#21-216
3 Mia Bennett30-016
1 K Bacho10-012
10 Ahnika Tryon00-000
23 Cassidy Lewis00-010
# Starter
1 Faith Marshall#02-222
2 Brenna Wilson#00-040
12 Cienna Hartle#60-0315
20 Adiana Taylor#10-042
24 Ashlynn Long#31-2210
5 Molly Nelson33-539
10 Addison Sangermano00-010
21 Kendra Evans00-010
# Starter
3-Point Goals: Philomath 3 (Kramer, Couture, Larson), Junction City 6 (Long 3, Hartle 3)
Fouled Out: None
Total Fouls: Philomath 12, Junction City 20
Technicals: None

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