Girls hoops drops Scots to snap four-game slide

The HRV girls basketball team snapped its four-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 39-34 win over David Douglas. Lindsay Benjamin led the Eagles with 15 points, while Becki Flory pitched in eight and Meghan Merz five. The Eagles sit at 5-9 in the conference with two games remaining. See the Saturday edition of the Hood River News for more details.

HRV girls drop fourth straight to Parkrose

Friday, Feb. 1

PORTLAND — The most difficult thing about a losing streak is stopping it. When a team is struggling, it can’t count on any gimmies or any breaks — especially on the road.

Unfortunately for the HRV girls basketball team — which had lost three straight games coming in to Friday’s game — the Parkrose Broncos didn’t plan on making matters any easier, extending the Eagles’ streak to four by a score of 54-47.

“Parkrose is a much improved team,” HRV coach Tracy Norton said of the Broncos, who have won three of their past six conference games after starting out 0-8 in the Mt. Hood Conference.

“They came out strong from the get-go and never let up both offensively and defensively,” she said. “It seemed like everything they threw up went in, and when they missed, they got their own rebound and put it back up.”

HRV (4-9, 5-13) had a difficult night shooting but an even tougher time on the boards, recording just nine as a team. Becki Flory led the Eagles with three, while Meghan Merz and Becca Meierbachtol each had two.

“It was an off shooting night for us,” Norton said, “but to make matters worse, we had our worst rebounding night of the season. We just weren’t able to make enough space underneath to get boards.”

Norton said Parkrose consistently took the ball strong to the hoop and played aggressive on both ends of the floor, particularly after halftime. She said the Eagles were unable to match the Broncos’ intensity late in the game and that HRV’s defense was a step behind all night, which made for a difficult comeback.

“When you’re not hot as a team, you have to make up for the lack of offense with strong defense, and we just didn’t do that,” she said.

Norton added that the Broncos’ tough second-half defense also affected Eagles’ leading scorer Lindsay Benjamin, who found her stroke in the first half but was unable to get many clean looks in the second.

Despite the pressure, Benjamin still managed to score 21 points to lead the Eagles. Merz netted 10, Meierbachtol nine and Flory and Mickie Halliday had three apiece. Brittany Reed notched a free throw to round out the scoring.

HRV played at David Douglas Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. The Eagles play Gresham at home Friday and close out the season at Sandy on Feb. 12.

“Putting a stronger emphasis on rebounding will be an issue for us this week,” Norton said. “I’m hoping we come out a little angry this week and play more aggressively against David Douglas and Gresham.”

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