The Buckaroos are two wins away from a state championship after win in Baker City

JOHN COLLINS -- BAKER CITY HERALD - Senior Emma Connor had nine points for the Bucks in a 42-37 victory over Joseph on Thursday.

The No. 1-ranked St. Paul girls basketball team picked up a narrow victory over No. 9 Joseph in Baker City on Thursday, beating the Eagles 42-37 to advance to the 1A state semifinals.

The Buckaroos (28-0) won the game with defense, but it was junior Isabelle Wyss leading the way on offense once again with a team-high 13 points. She was supplemented by nine points from senior Emma Connor and eight from junior Erin Counts.JOHN COLLINS -- BAKER CITY HERALD - Coach Dave Matlock's team is 28-0, two wins away from a state championship.

St. Paul held Joseph to just under 29 percent shooting on the afternoon, forcing 13 turnovers in the process. The Bucks overcame a strong fourth quarter by the Eagles – one that the underdog ended up winning 14-7.

Next up for St. Paul is a semifinal matchup with No. 12-seed Damascus Christian. The game – played at Baker High School – tips off at 4:15 p.m. Friday, with broadcast coverage on the OSAA Radio Network.

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