After opening the Toledo “Beach Bash” Invitational with a 49-39 win over Illinois Valley last Thursday, the Knappa Lady Loggers ran into some tougher competition over the next two rounds.

Union (10-3 overall) knocked off Knappa 54-19 Friday, and Harrisburg (11-2 and ranked sixth at the 3A level) defeated the Loggers 61-24 in a consolation game Saturday.

Knappa scored the first two points against Union, but the Bobcats went on a 25-4 run from there, and led 33-12 at halftime, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Brianna Kohr at the buzzer to end the first half.

Sophia Carlson scored 10 points to lead the Loggers (4-6).

Against Harrisburg, the Eagles jumped out to a 22-4 lead on their way to the third-place trophy. Hope Bucher led Harrisburg with 15 points, followed by Delaney Buzzard (11) and Hailee Johnson (10). Katelynn Weaver led Knappa with 12 points and five rebounds.

“Our girls came out strong against Illinois Valley to help us get on to the winners side of the bracket,” said Knappa coach Tracie Brockey. “It set us up for some difficult match-ups on Friday and Saturday, but I was excited for the girls to play some talented teams from other parts of the state.”

She added, “as we continue to develop our program, I’m hoping these tough games help us learn and grow and provide some additional motivation to improve. If you want to compete for championships, you have to beat the best teams, and there were some high caliber girls programs represented in Toledo.”

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or ghenley@dailyastorian.com.

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