The Vernonia Lady Loggers defeated Monroe 61-56 on Saturday March 7th to take 4th place at the 2A Girls Basketball State Tournament in Pendleton.
The Lady Loggers and head coach Steve Whiteman bounced back from a devastating 64-36 opening round loss on Thursday to eventual runner up Burns to win their final two games and win the consolation round bracket.
The Lady Loggers showed resilience and determination to recover from the loss. On Friday morning, playing what was probably their best game of the tournament in their 61-51 win over Regis, senior and Northwest League Player of the Year Meghan Sullivan led the Lady Loggers with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the floor and added 11 rebounds. Julia Fletcher also scored 17 for Vernonia and Lisa Paje added 13 points including 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Paige Smith chipped in 7 rebounds.
In the spirited 4th place match up against Monroe on Saturday morning, the Lady Loggers fell behind 10-0 early in the game before scoring the next 12 straight points and grabbed a 21-19 half time lead they never relinquished.
Marketa Vesselkova bounced back and had her best game of the tournament after struggling in the first two games, leading Vernonia with 22 points, including 4 clutch free throws towards the end of the game. Fletcher had another big game scoring 17 points, going 5 for 5 from the free throw line including two huge shots to close out the game, and added 7 rebounds. Sullivan was a monster under the boards grabbing 17 rebounds. Smith added 8 more rebounds and scored all her 6 points down the stretch in the 4th quarter to help hold the Lady Loggers lead. Lisa Paje scored 13 points and also grabbed 6 rebounds.