SALEM - After going for nearly a year without losing a single game, the Warrenton Lady Warriors lost two games in two days, ending with their loser-out, consolation-round loss to Coquille Thursday morning, 54-38 in the Class 3A state tournament at the Sparks Center.
No one said the state tournament would be easy, but when you come in with a 27-0 record, losing twice really hurts.
"They were pretty upset," Warrenton coach John Mattila said of his players, following Thursday's loss. "They were down, but that's what you'd expect from a team that's been together for a long time, and worked so hard. They were hoping for a little more, I'm sure.
"It was a great season," he said. "There's never been a Warrenton team that's gone undefeated in the regular season.
"We certainly would've liked to have won (the tournament), or at least have gotten a trophy out of it," he added. "But the experience was good."
Both teams needed time to heat up in Thursday's consolation, which began at 9 a.m.
Warrenton's Brooklyn Campbell scored the first points on a 3-pointer with 4:49 left in the opening quarter. Neither team led by more than four points in the first half, which featured eight ties and ended with Coquille leading, 22-20.
The Red Devils - who had a 24-game win streak snapped Wednesday in a quarterfinal loss to Santiam Christian - outscored Warrenton 9-3 to open the second half, which was all Coquille needed.
Warrenton was able to close within four points late in the third quarter, but Coquille gradually pulled away in the fourth, building a 45-34 lead with 4:35 remaining.
Campbell did what she could to keep the Warriors close, scoring a game-high 25 points in her final appearance for Warrenton, but Coquille hit 19-of-37 free throws to stave off any Warrior comeback.
After watching Vale hit 27-of-40 free throws in Warrenton's quarterfinal loss to the Vikings, Mattila watched another free throw parade for the opponents in Thursday's game.
"We put 'em on the line too much," Mattila said. "And they made it real tough on Brooklyn, both days. She gets her points, but it's hard for her to get the ball. Everybody we play tries to clamp down on her."
Payton Hummell concluded an outstanding tournament with 10 rebounds and three blocks, while MaryLynne Ahrensbach had seven boards and Chelsea Smotherman had two steals.
Seniors Emma Bussert, Stephanie Hall, Keely Kirby and Angel Legler also saw minutes in their final games.
"Payton is always solid," Mattila said. "She fouled out today, but she always does a good job in the middle, and when she's not in there, we're not as active in the middle defensively."
McKenzie 66, Jewell 31BAKER CITY - An otherwise great season came crashing to an end for the Jewell girls basketball team Thursday, in a consolation-round game of the Class 1A state tournament at Baker High School.
McKenzie had four players in double figures and opened up a big first-half lead, on its way to a 66-31 win over the Jays, who finish the season 19-10 overall.
Taya Harbick had a game-high 19 points for the Eagles, while Tessa Brooks and Amber Meier had seven apiece for the Jays.
McKenzie hit 24-of-50 shots from the field, while Jewell finished 12-of-53.
Jesika Kaczenski scored four points and Jeannie DiMaggio had six rebounds for the Jays, who trailed 32-18 at halftime, and were outscored 34-13 in the second half.