COQUILLE — Strike three, and the Warrenton Warriors are out.
Their first and only three-game losing streak of the season also spelled an end to the season for the Lady Warriors, who lost a 69-48 decision Friday at Coquille to finish 19-8 overall.
The Red Devils jumped out to a 17-2 lead just minutes into the game, helping Coquille win the Sweet 16 game of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Coquille advances to the state tournament, and will face Dayton in a quarterfinal game Thursday at North Bend.
Losses to Clatskanie and De La Salle forced Warrenton to travel.
Coquille is 22-5, and has not lost since Dec. 30.
“(The Red Devils) are a lot better than their ranking (seventh), and there’s a reason they haven’t lost since December,” said Warrenton coach Robert Hoepfl. “The big issue was them jumping out to that 17-2 lead. That was in the first two-and-a-half minutes. We cut it to six a couple times, but we never caught up.”
Warrenton senior Tyla Little made six 3-pointers on her way to a 26-point night.
“Tyla played awesome — she always had her best games in the big games,” Hoepfl said. “She made every practice and played all 32 minutes of just about every game. She finished her career with 1,004 points, only the fifth kid in our history to score that many.”
Junior Claire Bussert added seven points for Warrenton, and with one year remaining, will likely hold every school record for assists and steals.
But the Warriors couldn’t match Coquille, which outscored Warrenton 52-31 in the first, third and fourth quarters.
Junior Halle Layton led the Red Devils with 23 points, followed by sophomore Morgan Baird with 17.
The 69 points represented the most the Warriors have given up all season (topping Amity’s 59) and the second-highest point total of the season for Coquille, behind a 73-24 win over Rogue River.