PHS girls basketball team (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

The Philomath and Hidden Valley girls basketball teams are scheduled to face off on Tuesday in the Warriors’ home gym but the two high schools got to know each other a few days early with a first-round matchup on Thursday in the South Coast Les Schwab Tournament in Coos Bay.

Philomath got 22 points from Sage Kramer in a 43-35 victory over the Mustangs.

‘We did a good job causing issues on the defensive end,” PHS coach Ben Silva said. “We turned the ball over a lot … didn’t really get into a rhythm on the offensive end until late in the third quarter.”

The two teams were tied at halftime, 18-18. The Warriors struggled at the free-throw line in the first half by hitting just 4 of 13. In the third quarter, Philomath outscored the Mustangs, 14-6, to create a cushion going into the final 8 minutes.

Kramer, a senior, scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half, which included a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Junior Abigail Brown finished with nine points with seven in the first half. As a team, the Warriors ended up shooting 37.5% from the foul line.

Skylar Willey scored 14 points to lead the Mustangs (3-3).

Philomath (3-1) advances into the semifinals of the tournament, which is being hosted by Marshfield High School. The Warriors will face another familiar opponent with a 5:15 p.m. matchup against Junction City in the MHS main gym. Philomath defeated Junction City, 48-42, on Dec. 4.

Philomath 43, Hidden Valley 35
Thursday, Dec. 16, at Marshfield JHS, Coos Bay

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Philomath (3-1)117141143
2 Morgan Tiffin#10-053
3 Jia Bents#20-034
4 Sana Noga#33-839
21 Skylar Willey#62-3214
23 Hannah Bennett#00-240
1 Hannah Rommes00-010
12 Noelle Lowery20-015
# Starter
13 Ingrid Hellesto#01-231
15 Sage Kramer#84-12222
32 Abigail Brown#33-529
33 Hailie Couture#10-002
45 Reagan Larson#11-213
1 K Bacho00-000
3 Mia Bennett20-314
10 Ahnika Tryon00-000
12 Clara Stanley10-012
23 Cassidy Lewis00-010
# Starter
3-Point Goals: Hidden Valley 2 (Lowery, Tiffin), Philomath 2 (Kramer 2)
Fouled Out: Tiffin
Total Fouls: Hidden Valley 19, Philomath 11
Technicals: None


The JV squad (1-2) did not play Thursday. … The team is scheduled for its next action on Tuesday at home vs. Hidden Valley.

Philomath 52, Taft 6
Thursday, Dec. 16 at Taft HS

The JV2 team goes to 3-0 with the road win. … Philomath overwhelmed Taft with a 29-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and a 37-0 advantage at halftime. … Mica Boynton, Ariana Boutilier and Hannah Bennett each scored 10 points. … The Warriors defense allowed just two baskets in the game. … The JV2 team plays Tuesday at home vs. Hidden Valley.