Kaili Saathoff
PHS senior Kaili Saathoff leads a charge down the court during Friday's win over Sisters. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

In a bizarre game that started out with Philomath getting shut out on the home floor in the first quarter and still trailing by two at halftime, the Warriors’ girls basketball team turned their fortunes around in the second half and rolled to a 44-19 win Friday night over Sisters.


Philomath played the game without top scorer Sage Kramer, who was out of town on a recruiting trip, and emotions were running high with seniors receiving recognition prior to the final regular-season home game.

Mia Rust and Kaili Saathoff are the only two seniors remaining on the PHS roster, but coach Ben Silva also suited up and played senior Phaedra Hinds-Cook, who hasn’t seen action this season because of an injury and has been helping the program as a student manager.

Phaedra Hinds-Cook
Phaedra Hinds-Cook smiles during her senior night game appearance on Friday. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Sisters, which lost to Philomath 61-25 earlier this season, held leads of 4-0 after the first and 17-15 at halftime.

Rust, junior Reagan Larson and Saathoff started to put points on the board in the second quarter for the Warriors. But in the second half, Philomath really started to take control with defense. Sisters scored just two points over the final two quarters.

Sophomore Hailie Couture and Larson each hit 3-pointers in the third quarter and Rust had a big fourth by scoring nine of her game-high 17 points. Larson finished with 10 points.

Mia Rust
Senior Mia Rust looks for two points against the Outlaws on Friday night. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Philomath (9-1) will now hit the road for its final three regular-season games. Up first will be a trip to Stayton on Tuesday.

Philomath 44, Sisters 19
Friday, June 11, at Philomath HS
Sisters (4-6)413021719
Philomath (9-1)01510101544
11-Emma Lutz01-221
12-Payden Petterson20-005
21-Ellie Mayes10-002
22-Haleigh Froelich10-232
24-Maggie Lutz10-003
41-Ila Reid20-014
44-Josie Patton10-022
23-Hadley Schar00-000
30-Juhree Kizziar00-000
45-Madison Symonds00-000
13-Mia Rust80-0117
33-Hailie Couture20-035
34-Kaili Saathoff30-206
45-Reagan Larson32-4310
10-Phaedra Hinds-Cook00-000
32-Abigail Brown12-224
1-K Bacho00-000
4-Madeline Fields00-000
5-Mia Bennett00-000
2-Bailey Bell10-012
3-Point Goals: Sisters 2 (Petterson, M. Lutz), Philomath 4 (Larson 2, Couture, Rust)
Fouled Out: None
Total Fouls: Sisters 8, Philomath 10
Technicals: None

Philomath 24, Cascade 12
Friday, June 11, at Philomath HS
The JV team improved its record to 9-0 for the season. … The Warriors allowed only three field goals in the game and shut out the Cougars in the second quarter. … Madeline Fields scored 10 points on four field goals and 2 of 2 free throws. Six of her points came in the third quarter. … The JV team is scheduled to play Cascade again on Tuesday.

Woodburn 47, Philomath 26
Friday, June 11, at Philomath HS
The JV2 squad loses for the first time this season and goes to 5-1. … After a competitive first quarter, Philomath’s offense struggled and scored just 12 points over the final three quarters. … Clara Stanley scored nine points, six of those coming in the first quarter. … Mia Cook finished with seven. … No other JV2 games appear on the schedule.

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