FALLS CITY BASKETBALL: Mountaineers earn a pair of victories

FALLS CITY — Falls City’s boys and girls basketball teams earned a pair of wins last week. The boys defeated Oregon School for the Deaf 61-17 on Jan. 31 and Livingstone Adventist 48-36 on Thursday, while the girls beat OSD 37-16 and Livingstone 37-21.

The boys led OSD 36-12 at the half. Austin Burgess led the Mountaineers with 15 points. Jeremy Labrado added 10 points and Jacob Oberg scored nine points.

“Jeremy set the defensive intensity in the second quarter and his teammates followed him, and picked up their defensive energy,” coach Micke Kidd said. “Jacob Oberg is getting healthy and back into shape. He really stepped up his game the last couple of weeks.”

Labrado scored 15 points against Livingstone. Burgess recorded 13 points, and Reid Simmons added 11 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second half.

Emma Burgess led the girls against OSD with nine points, and Gracie Tadlock added eight as Falls City built up a 23-6 lead at the half.

“Nevaeh Lofte has been really showing improvement and receiving more and more playing time,” Kidd said. “She works hard, rebounds well and is extremely active in the paint.”

Anna Lammers and Amara Houghtaling led the Mountaineers against Livingstone with 10 points.

The Mountaineers played Willamette Valley Christian Tuesday after press time. Falls City closes the regular season at C.S. Lewis on Friday (5:30 (girls) and 7 p.m.) and at Jewell on Saturday (2:30 and 4 p.m.).

The Casco League tournament runs Feb. 16-18.


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