HRV girls back on track with win over Centennial

Benjamin's 17 points help Eagles even conference record at 4-4

The HRV girls basketball team rebounded well from a loss to Barlow last Friday with a convincing 46-30 win over a young Centennial team on Tuesday. Lindsay Benjamin led the way for the Eagles with 17, while Mickie Halliday dominated the paint with eight points and 10 rebounds. See the Saturday, Jan 19, edition of the Hood River News for details.


Friday, Jan. 11

HOOD RIVER — Some nights, a team just has to tip its cap.

And Friday was one of those nights for the HRV girls basketball team, as Barlow’s Ashley Shearer dominated play from the outset and finished with 28 points to lead the Bruins to a 69-56 win.

Shearer was a bona-fide court general, controlling the tempo, setting up her teammates and making every free throw down the stretch — eight in the fourth quarter alone — in a game that was a lot closer than the final score reflected.

“They had two runs that hurt us and made their free throws down the stretch, which really hurt,” HRV coach Tracy Norton said. “Had those two things not occurred, the score may have been different.”

The Eagles stayed right with the fast-paced Bruins throughout the first half and were only down seven (34-27) at the break. Meghan Merz had a dominating first half in the paint with 11 points, and hit a key three-footer to tie the score at the end of one.

Barlow went on a short run late in the first half to take a nine-point lead, but Norton put her speedy point guard, Becca Meierbachtol, back in the game and HRV managed to keep it close.

Lindsay Benjamin started to catch fire in the third, hitting two three pointers during a 9-0 run which got the Eagles within three at 41-38. Barlow built the lead back to double digits by the end of the third (50-40), and stepped up their intensity in the fourth to pull away.

The Bruins were able to match Meierbachtol’s quickness with guard Katie Miller, who scored seven of her 14 in the final frame. HRV forward Mickie Halliday did all she could to keep the Eagles in the game, scoring six of her eight points in the fourth and grabbing numerous crucial rebounds.

But Miller and Shearer proved to be too much as the Bruins matched their biggest lead of the game in the game’s final minute.

HRV played Centennial at home Tuesday, but results were not available at press time.

Barlow 69, HRV 56

HRV — Benjamin 15, Merz 13, Meierbachtol 9, Flory 9, Halliday 8, Betts 2, Sanguras 0

Rebounding — 24 (Halliday 8, Sanguras 5)

Assists — Total NA (Benjamin 8)

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