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Logger girls earn first win

Mitchell whips Burnt River 48-30 for first varsity win since 2010-2011
The Mitchell High School girls basketball team finally has a varsity win.
   Last Thursday, the Loggers rolled past the Burnt River Bulls 48-30 to pick up their first varsity win since the 2010-2011 basketball season.
   “We finally got the monkey off our back and beat an official varsity team,” said head coach Tim Foster. “We didn’t start the game with great purpose, but as it progressed, the girls more and more began to assert their will.”
   Although the Loggers defeated the Huntington boys JV?team earlier in the year, that game will not count on the team’s record. In fact, the Oregon School Activities Association?recently ruled that girls teams that have been playing the Huntington’s boys JV?team have violated OSAA?rules.
   The Loggers jumped out to a 10-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and built their lead to 25-14 by halftime.
   Mitchell extended the lead to 42-21 at the end of the third quarter before coasting to the easy win.
   “Leading 42-21 going into the fourth quarter, I was able to get some of our less-experienced players some extended minutes — which was nice,” Foster said.
   Mitchell was led by Jenna Perry-Zapara with 13 points while Jenay Apperson came off the bench to score 12 points.
   Burnt River’s Kelsie Kezerle led all scorers with 21 points. However, just three Bulls scored in the contest.
   “Burnt River only has six girls and most are foreign exchange students, so their defensive pressure wasn’t great,” Foster said. “However, we moved the ball really well and played with patience offensively. To top it off we made 10 of 12 free throws.”
   With the win, the Loggers are 1-6 on the season while the Bulls fall to 0-5.
   The Loggers are off until Friday, Jan. 11 when they host Monument/Dayville in a 6 p.m. league contest.
   The Mitchell’s boys team also defeated Burnt River, taking a 51-18 win. No other information was available about the game at press time. However, the Loggers evened their record at 4-4 while the Bulls fell to 0-9.