Pirates drive into league play

Cascade Locks basketball faces key league games against Horizon and Helix this week

January 11, 2006

With their preseasons officially finished, the Cascade Locks boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are moving into league play with good records and positive attitudes.

The girls were, until their 49- 36 loss this week against Dufur, undefeated. With a 9-1 record, they faced the Horizon Christian School girls Tuesday evening.

The boys’ team finished the preseason at .500, with a 5-5 record after losing a two-point game to Dufur Saturday night. Their game against Horizon was an important one, as both teams are fighting to establish themselves early on in the Big Sky Conference.

“We’re doing well, obviously,” said girls coach Donna Nolin. “But we were disappointed to lose to Dufur.”

In the loss, the Pirates’ high scorer, by a large margin, was senior Kelly Haskins with 17 points. Sophomore guard Makayla Ryan chipped in with eight points and Holly Goben and Heather Mohar scored five each.

Contributing to the girls’ success this season is their senior-heavy lineup. With five seniors — three of whom are starters — on the roster, the girls have a solid base of experience and leadership to draw from.

“We’re just aiming to do our best,” Nolin commented. “They are all doing well and they all have up and down games. I think we just have to play our hardest and do our best and go from there.”

The boys’ team is in a challenging conference this season, with tough teams from South Wasco, Dufur, Horizon and Condon to compete against.

“I think we can compete with just about everyone in the league,” said boys’ coach Phil Nolen. “But on the other side, I think just about everyone in the league can compete with us. We’re a good team, we just have to get rolling.”

The boys’ current starting five lineup consists of two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore.

In their most recent varsity action, the boys lost a close, somewhat disappointing game at home against Dufur. After leading by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Pirates fell apart in the second, lost the lead and missed some key free throws late in the game.

“We had a long night of not making free throws and not finishing,” Nolin said. “Some days we play well and others we don’t. It’s kind of like high school basketball I guess.”

High scorers for the boys against Dufur were Sam Thomas with 15 points, Derrek Kelly with 12 and Joe Nolin with seven.

The Pirates faced the Horizon Hawks Tuesday night in Cascade Locks. The Hood River News will feature results from that game in the upcoming Saturday issue.

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