Hawks tip-off hoops season

December 7, 2005

The Horizon Christian School Hawks kicked off their boys’ and girls’ basketball seasons over the weekend at the Glenwood Tournament in Trout Lake. The tournament gave both teams two games — one on Saturday and one on Sunday — and, according to boys’ coach Ron Haynes and girls’ coach Amanda Bellus, both teams played well and the tournament was a great start to the season.

Both teams went one and one in the tournament, winning their first games on Friday and losing their games on Sunday.

The girls faced Stevenson first in a game that would end with a commanding 41-17 Horizon blow-out.

“We were amazed at the team,” Bellus said. “They played great and they did everything we asked.”

The victory came in part from three junior players. Laura Yates scored a team high 14 points, followed by Jacque Mellow with 11 and Savannah Cox with seven points.

Their second game wasn’t as easy, as Trout Lake took a 35-18 victory. In that game, Stephanie Ryan scored the team’s high points, with seven, followed with five points by both Mello and Yates.

The team’s 10-girl lineup consists of six juniors, two sophomores, a freshman and lone senior Felicia Caldwell.

The guy-Hawks faced Columbia High School’s junior varsity squad on Friday. After falling behind by as much as 11 points in the first half, due in large part to 12 turnovers, the Hawks made a comeback and tied the game early in the third quarter. The boys fired up in the fourth, scoring 25 points to pull away with a 62-52 win.

Individual highlights from the game include Jared Nagreen’s double-double, with 24 points and 20 rebounds. Sophomore Bobby Confrances racked up 15 points, including three three-pointers, followed by Cameron Root, with 13 points.

The boys’ second game, against Trout Lake, ended in a disappointing 78-69 loss. The Hawks led by one point with only two minutes remaining. An unfortunate series of fouls and turnovers gave Trout Lake scoring opportunities, which they took advantage of.

“Things just didn’t go our way,” Haynes said about the game’s final minutes. “But it was a good experience for us.”

The Hawks hosted Trout Lake High School on Tuesday evening at Hood River Middle School. As of press time, results from the games were not available.

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