PHS girls basketball team
The PHS girls basketball celebrates with its first-place trophy on Saturday at the South Coast Les Schwab Tournament at Marshfield High in Coos Bay. (Photo by Marla Bennett)

The Philomath High School girls basketball team won the South Coast Les Schwab Tournament title on Saturday in Coos Bay with a 38-31 victory in the championship game over previously unbeaten Class 5A Crook County.

The Warriors (5-1) shot out to a 10-3 lead in the first quarter behind a pair of 3-pointers from senior Reagan Larson and a couple of hoops by senior Sage Kramer. By halftime, however, the Cowboys had pulled back to within 14-12.

The two teams were even in the third quarter but Philomath had momentum in the fourth. Junior Abigail Brown came up big over the final 8 minutes by scoring all nine of the points she had in the game. Brown scored three hoops and hit 3 of 6 free throws in the fourth.

Larson also had another 3-pointer and a couple of free throws in the final quarter and finished with 11 in the game. Kramer scored two in the fourth and had a game-high 13 points.

Both teams struggled from the free-throw line with Philomath making 6 of 17 (35.3%) and Crook County hitting 5 of 13 (38.5%).

Junior Katelynn Weaver scored 10 to lead the Cowboys.

Crook County entered the game on a seven-game winning streak to open the season. The Cowboys had defeated North Bend (56-38) and Redmond (54-37) to reach the tournament finale while Philomath beat Hidden Valley (43-35) and Junction City (49-38).

The Warriors will play at home on Tuesday against Hidden Valley with the tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. 


Philomath 38, Crook County 31
Saturday, Dec. 18, at Marshfield HS, Coos Bay

TEAMS (RECORDS)1234FINAL
Crook County (7-1)3981131
Philomath (5-1)10481638
CROOK COUNTYFGFT-FTAPFTP
2 McCall Woodward#20-015
3 Katelynn Weaver#33-8510
15 McKenzie Jonas#11-123
24 Emma Bales#20-034
25 Grace Brooks#20-036
4 Josie Kasberger11-423
TOTALS115-131631
# Starter
PHILOMATHFGFT-FTAPFTP
13 Ingrid Hellesto#10-002
15 Sage Kramer#60-3113
32 Abigail Brown#33-639
33 Hailie Couture#11-223
45 Reagan Larson#32-4311
1 K Bacho00-000
3 Mia Bennett00-230
23 Cassidy Lewis00-020
TOTALS146-171438
# Starter
3-Point Goals: Crook County 4 (Brooks 2, Woodward, Weaver), Philomath 4 (Larson 3, Kramer)
Fouled Out: None
Total Fouls: Crook County 16, Philomath 14
Technicals: None


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