Horizon Hawks enter league play with mixed momentum

Boys’ team on a winning streak; girls’ team struggling to score

January 7, 2006

Horizon Christian School’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams went across the river Tuesday evening to face Klickitat. In the Hawks’ last games of the pre-season, the boys improved their record to 8-1 with a 60-53 win, while the girls lost 35-17.


The Horizon boys are on a seven-game winning streak, which will serve as momentum and a confidence booster for their first — and perhaps most challenging — league game against South Wasco, which is one of the top 1A/2A teams in the state.

After trailing in the first three quarters of Tuesday’s game, the Hawks outscored Klickitat 21 points to 13 in the fourth to take back the lead and finish with a win.

“It was a very physical game,” said Coach Ron Haynes. “In the first half we had too many turnovers and we gave Klickitat too many open looks at the basket.”

In the second quarter, however, the Hawks buckled down on Klickitat’s scoring machine, JJ Keys, who managed only nine points in the half. Two years ago, Keys scored 42 points in a game against Horizon. Senior captain Stephen Stenberg led the defensive effort.

Offensively, the Hawks’ high scorers were Jared Nagreen and Bobby Cofrances, both with 18 points. Cameroon Root and Jeff Larson had eight apiece, followed by Stenberg with five and Nate Johnson with three.


The girls essentially lost the game in the first quarter by falling behind 14-0.

“We came out flat in the first quarter and Klickitat outscored us 14-0,” commented coach Amanda Bellus. “Our shots just wouldn’t fall.”

In the remaining three quarters the Hawks kept pace with Klickitat, scoring 17 points to their 21.

“We made a goal at halftime to win the second half, and we came out playing tough,” Bellus said.

The girls went on to outscore Klickitat in the third quarter.

Leading the way for the hawks were scorers Jacque Mellow with six points and Stephanie Ryan and Kari Poole with four points each.

Going into league play this week against South Wasco, the girls have some work to do if they want to pick up a couple more wins this season.

“We had a team meeting in practice to discuss ways we can get back to playing how we were at the beginning of the season when we were scoring more points and playing with more motivation,” Bellus said. “We made some changes in our starting lineup, added Jacque Mellow as our third captain, and put a few new wrinkles in our defense. We’re hoping to be a new team this weekend as we start our conference schedule.”

Upcoming games:

Jan. 6 at South Wasco

Jan. 7 vs. Condon/Wheeler at Wy’east. (Girls at 4 p.m., boys at 5:30 p.m.)

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