TOLEDO — A last-minute local addition to the Boomer Bash high school girls basketball tournament last Friday and Saturday at Toledo High School made the biggest waves, and in the process, earned a statement win for the program.

After the Central Linn girls withdrew from the four-school tournament, Eddyville Charter, ranked 10th in last week’s 1A coaches poll, did more than just fill an 11th-hour vacancy — the Eagles shined. They opened Friday afternoon with a rock-solid 38-23 defeat of 3A La Pine, then on Saturday scored a dominant 45-31 victory over the 2A tournament hosts.

Eagles head coach Josh Russell said after Eddyville improved to 8-1 with the weekend wins that his team relished the opportunity to challenge its neighbors and face competition many on his team were quite familiar with.

“They’ve been wanting to play Toledo for about the last three years,” Russell said. “Of course, all the girls went to school (together) when they were younger, and our kids have been hyped up to play them for a long time now. Coming in here and getting this win … the girls are ecstatic right now.”

Junior guard Rylee Russell was the go-to girl for the Eagles throughout the weekend in earning tournament MVP honors. She dropped in five shots from beyond the 3-point arc Friday and scored 20 points in leading Eddyville to the 15-point win over a school two classifications above it. No other Eagle tallied more than sophomore Terra Thompson’s six points.

That set the stage for Eddyville’s matchup with the Boomers, which gave the Eagles less than 24 hours to mentally prepare to meet their rivals on the prep hardwood.

“Everybody was excited, everybody was nervous, but just to know we were playing Toledo, that had to do something for our girls,” Coach Russell said. “Most of them are pretty good friends.”

On Saturday, the Boomers took their only lead of the afternoon with 5:03 to play in the first quarter on a drive and layup by junior Sierra Ferguson for a 4-3 Toledo advantage. But the Eagles closed the opening period scoring the next nine points, then boosted their lead to 20-11 at halftime on a late bucket in the paint from sophomore Cori Coolbaugh.

After Eddyville got back-to-back baskets from Rylee Russell, a 3-pointer by junior guard Hailey Mekemson, a Thompson free throw and a Rylee Russell trey, the Eagles led 31-11 midway through the third quarter before coasting the rest of the way.

Rylee Russell finished with another five 3-pointers and a game-best 24 points. Mekemson, named to the all-tournament team, added 11.

“We’re gaining confidence in ourselves. I see it,” Coach Russell said. “I see the potential, and we’ve been just waiting for them to put it all together at once, but they did that pretty well today.”

Toledo (2-4) was led by Ferguson, who scored 12 points with the help of a trio of 3-point baskets.

On Friday night, Toledo dropped its tournament opener, 45-37 to Mohawk. All-tournament selection Avery Tyler, a junior guard, led the Boomers with 11 points, while Erin Holvey paced the Mustangs with 20 points.

Mohawk (5-3) was named the tournament’s co-champion Saturday along with Eddyville Charter after the Mustangs beat La Pine in their second game of the weekend. Though both won games Friday, Eddyville and Mohawk play in the 1A-Mountain West League, and therefore did not meet in a true tournament championship game.

The Eagles and Mustangs faceoff in league games Jan. 13 at Mohawk and Feb. 8 in Eddyville.

Dec. 18

Eddyville          12        8          15        10        —        45

Toledo             4          7          7          13        —        31

EDDYVILLE CHARTER — Kendall Choat 0 0-0 0, Hailey Mekemson 4 0-2 0-2 11, Brianna Lopez 1 0-0 4, Terra Thompson 1 1-2 3, Rylee Russell 7 5-7 24, Makayla Rice 0 0-1 1, Shaylene Borton 0 0-0 0, Cori Coolbaugh 1 0-0 2, Iris Miles 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 6-12 45.

TOLEDO — Avery Tyler 2 1-4 5, Sierra Ferguson 4 1-2 12, Kylie Warfield 1 3-4 6, Madison Marchant 0 2-2 2, Tayla Stevenson 0 0-0 0, Leah Franklin 0 0-0 0, Kendall Smith 2 0-0 4, Lindsey Otis 0 0-0 0, Avery Fourier 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Long 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 7-12 31.

3-point goals — Eddyville 8 (Russell 5), Toledo 4 (Ferguson 3). Total fouls — Eddyville 14, Toledo 12. Fouled out — none.

Dec. 17

Eddyville          19        8          8          3          —        38

La Pine            10        6          6          1          —        23

EDDYVILLE CHARTER — Kendall Choat 2 0-0 4, Hailey Mekemson 2 0-0 4, Brianna Lopez 0 0-0 0, Terra Thompson 3 0-0 6, Rylee Russell 7 1-1 20, Alaina Sanders 0 0-0 0, Makayla Rice 1 1-4 3, Shaylene Borton 0 0-0 0, Cori Coolbaugh 0 1-2 1, Iris Miles 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 3-7 38.

LA PINE — Naty Acuna 1 0-0 2, Avery DeLuca 3 0-1 6, Kaydance Guenther 1 0-0 2, Ashley Jentzsch 0 0-0 0, Bailee Spencer 4 2-4 11, Peyton Thrasher 0 0-0 0, August Walker 1 0-0 2. Totals: 10 2-5 23.

3-point goals — Eddyville 5 (Russell 5), La Pine 1 (Spencer). Total fouls — Eddyville 6, La Pine 12. Fouled out — none.

Dec. 17

Mohawk          10        21        7          7          —        45

Toledo             10        9          9          9          —        37

MOHAWK — Abri Roberts 1 0-0 2, Natalie VanderPloeg 3 0-0 8, Erin Holvey 8 1-1 20, Alexis Robinson 1 1-2 3, Kallee Eck 4 0-0 10, Ashley Roser 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Franklin 0 0-0 0, Kahlan Green 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 2-3 45.

TOLEDO — Avery Tyler 4 3-6 11, Sierra Ferguson 4 0-0 9, Kylie Warfield 3 0-0 6, Madison Marchant 1 0-0 2, Tayla Stevenson 0 0-0 0, Kendall Smith 1 0-0 3, Lindsey Otis 2 1-2 3, Avery Fournier 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 4-8 45.

3-point goals — Mohawk 7 (Holvey 3), Toledo 2 (Ferguson, Smith). Total fouls — Mohawk 17, Toledo 12. Fouled out — Holvey.

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