Reynolds holds up to Eagles’ pressure

December 17, 2005

Reynolds Raider Rachel Scarpelli proved to be the Eagles’ most worthy adversary throughout the varsity girls’ basketball game Tuesday night in the Hood River Gym. Scarpelli, who finished with 27 points, dominated the court, scoring over half her team’s points to lead the Raiders to a 50-38 victory.

Leading the way for the Eagles was Chelsey Elliott and Abby Walters, with 10 points each.

The Hood River girls, now 3-2 overall, fell to an early deficit in the first quarter and they did not attempt a shot within the opening minutes of the game. They gained footing, however, and made a comeback in the quarter to bring the score back to within two by the end of the first at 15-13, Reynolds.

The Eagles went cold in the second quarter, scoring only three points to the Raiders’ eight for a 23-16 halftime score.

Three pointers proved to be the game’s deciding factor, as the Raiders drained eight compared to Hood River’s two, which pans out to an 18-point difference in scoring outside the paint. Reynolds was also deadly from the foul line, finishing with 16 of 20 from the line. Scarpelli was 11 for 12 from the charity-stripe.

The Eagles made a comeback in the third to take their first lead of the game by two points, much to the delight of the local crowd. A descent came fast, however, and the Raiders made a couple key three pointers in the final minute of the quarter to retake the lead by eight going into the fourth.

In the stretch, the Eagles were caught playing catch-up. Their late-game foul strategy didn’t pay off, as Reynolds kept high free-throw percentages until the end.

“We had some inside scoring issues and just getting shots off was a task,” Coach Phil Hukari commented. “Down the stretch we just did not have enough fire power … Some positives were that our press was very effective for the first time this season, which is a good sign for the future. Also, the defense worked hard, which was the reason for our two comebacks.”

Following Elliott and Walters’ 10 points was Meredith Danko with five, Jamie Abbott and Mariah Herman with four, Brianne Rowley with three and Kaitlin Bauld with two.

The girls travel to Bend this weekend to take on league rivals the Bend High School Bears on Saturday afternoon. They don’t return home again until Dec. 30, when they will play Madison High School; varsity starts at 7 p.m., JV at 5:15 p.m.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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