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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