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The Mitchell Logger girls basketball team came up just short of making it to the state tournament.
After falling 43-14 to Adrian in Thursday’s opening round of the High Desert League Tournament, the Loggers rebounded on Friday to defeat the Harper Hornets 42-39. The win put Mitchell into a Saturday showdown with the Jordan Valley Mustangs for the final state playoff spot.
Although the game was short, Mitchell came up short, falling 46-37 to Jordan Valley.
“It was a pretty good weekend,” said Mitchell head coach Tim Foster. “The girls played their hearts out, showing a lot of perseverance and toughness. They battled for everything and played great together.”
Mitchell trailed just 8-4 to Adrain at the end of the first quarter. However, Adrain took control, gradually pulling away for the easy win.
Friday was a different story. Mitchell fell behind 16-8 to Harper in the first quarter, but battled their way back into the contest. The Loggers outscored the Hornets each quarter the remainder of the contest as they took the come-from-behind victory.
Mitchell looked tired Saturday against Jordan Valley, falling behind 31-17 in the first half. However, the Loggers didn’t go down without a fight. Mitchell outscored Jordan Valley 20-15 in the second half to make the score close at the end.
Jordan Apperson led the Loggers in scoring at the tournament with 21 points in the three games. Farrell Fox added 19 points, while Miranda Holt pitched in with 17, and Jenay Apperson contributed 14.
The district win is the first by Mitchell (7-13) in more than a decade.
“Overall, it was a great tournament,”?Foster said. “Everyone really did a great job and when they had an opportunity to step up, they did.”