As of Saturday, January 23, 2016
The South Wasco County Redsides finished one shot away from pulling off an upset win over the Ione Cardinals.
Jessie Flynn scored a game-high 26 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and No. 19 Ione held SWC without a field goal in its final possession to hold on for the 51-50 win Friday in a girls’ basketball league showdown played in Maupin.
With less than 30 seconds left in regulation and Ione down 50-49, Flynn sank two free throws to give the Cardinals a one-point lead.
SWC moved the ball to half-court and called a timeout with 15 seconds left.
On the final possession, the Redsides moved the ball around and had an open look at the potential game-winning field goal, but the ball didn’t go through the hoop and the rebound went out of bounds.
Ione then inbounded the ball and ran down time to pick up the win.
“That was the best game our team has played all season long,” Mead said. “We finally became a team in this game. We need to keep that going.”
Through one quarter of action, Flynn scored eight of her points to help Ione to a 9-7 lead.
In the second quarter, Ione managed a 14-11 output to go out in front, 23-18, at the half.
In the third period, Allie Noland hit on eight points, Kiana Moody sank a 3-pointer and the quartet of Cassie Davis, Madisen Davis, Chloe Huot and Jada Myers had a basket each to lead a 19-13 SWC rally to move ahead 37-36 entering the fourth quarter.
Ione (8-6 overall, 5-1 league) scored 15 points in the final quarter, seven coming from Flynn and six from Rachel Holland in a 15-13 run.
The Cardinals totaled 18 field goals, two from long distance, and shot 13 of 24 from the line.
SWC made 20 field goals, four from 3-point territory, and went 6 of 16 from the free throw line, 6 of 12 in the final stanza.
Noland had a team-high 14 points, Moody poured in 12, Birman hit for nine and Huot scored five points.
With the loss, SWC (7-8, 2-4) falls to sixth place in the league standings.
The Redsides host Horizon Christian (6-8, 3-3) at 4 p.m. next Saturday.