Boomers overcome late Irish push

Toledo’s Tana'ya Barnhart drives to the rim and connects on a floater during the second half. Barnhart scored 15 points on the night. (Photos by Nugesse Ghebrendrias)

WALDPORT — In their second matchup in the last few weeks, both the Toledo Boomers and Waldport Irish came out ready for a battle in their 2A-4 Sunset Conference clash.

The Boomers took the first game 73-50 at the Toledo Holiday Tournament on Jan. 4, but this time around, Waldport had a few tricks up its sleeve.

Waldport battled back and forth with Toledo, but the Boomers relied on their experience and four-game winning streak to outlast the Irish 40-35 in Waldport.

“I am really proud of the girls,” Toledo head coach Mychal Williams said. “Waldport is a tough, and they are well-coached, and we were in their gym, but we made the plays we needed to make to kind of get the victory. We squeaked it out. I am proud of them.”

Four Boomers provided all the scoring against the Irish.

Tana'ya Barnhart led the team in scoring with 15 points, but her effort on both sides of the floor helped drive the Boomers throughout the game.

Barnhart later left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.

The Toledo senior has battled injuries before, and there is no doubt the talented guard can make it back; she has done it time and time again.

“We are just sick right now with her knee, and just hope it isn’t serious,” said Williams. “But she made some big shots for us in the first half that kind of gave us a little cushion. She attacked, finished and she’s always just kind of a fiery leader for us, and we love her.”

Mahala Fisher chipped in 14 points and made the only shot for the Boomers in the fourth quarter after losing her running mate Barnhart. Toledo relied on three free throws as the main source of offense late.

For the Irish, they jumped on the Boomers in the second half.

Waldport outscored Toledo 19-14 in the second half and 10-5 in the fourth quarter.

Five of the Irish carried the load offensively.

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