Hermiston hands HRV 3rd straight setback

HERMISTON — Hood River Valley and Hermiston both play in the Intermountain Conference, but the first-place Lady Bulldogs proved that they were in another league Tuesday, defeating the

Eagles, 71-40.

The loss was HRV’s third straight and their fourth in the past six games, dropping their season record to 4-12 (3-5 IMC).

“Not a whole lot to say except that we played a taller, deeper, more experienced team,” coach Tracy Norton said. “Hermiston has so many weapons that we just couldn’t stop them defensively.”

The Lady Bulldogs remain on the fringes of the state rankings, receiving 11 votes in the most recent state 4A coaches’ poll.

Their 7-1 IMC record is tied with Pendleton and Redmond for best in the league, and they also boast two of the top eight scorers in the conference, Aundrea Morrison (13.5 ppg) and Charlene Shirley (9.9 ppg).

Despite the loss, the Eagles can still say that they gave a better effort than on Jan. 14, when they lost 61-21 at home.

“I thought we rebounded pretty well, considering that we were so outsized underneath,” Norton said. “We also did a better job of passing and getting into the lane in the second half.”

Sophomore guard Kristen Hedges and junior guard Suni Davis led the Eagles with seven points apiece, while junior Anna Hidle chipped in six and freshman Stefanie Draper four.

Seniors Brittany Reed and Becki Flory led HRV on the boards with six and eight rebounds, respectively. Draper and Alyssa Ortega had five, while Hidle and Talia Hinman had four.

The Eagles have the weekend off and will take to the court again on Feb. 7 in Bend. They play the Lava Bears at 7 p.m. Friday and then travel to Redmond Saturday for a 2:45 p.m. matchup.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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