The Hawks walk the plank

January 14, 2006

The Cascade Locks High School gym filled Tuesday night with Big Sky basketball fans from across Hood River County. They were there to watch the anticipated and affable rivalry between the Pirates and the Horizon Christian School Hawks.

The girls’ game was a blowout, with the lady Pirates — now 10-1 — figuratively making the Hawks walk the plank. The trouncing ended at 49-13.

The boys’ game followed and, as expected, it was a battle that came down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Pirates came away with their second win of the night with a 57-49 victory.

The Hawks will have their chance for revenge on Jan. 31, when Cascade Locks travels to Hood River (Westside Elementary School, girls at 6 p.m., boys at 7:30 p.m.) for the teams’ second and final match up of the season.

Girls’ game:

The Cascade Locks girls are playing solid basketball this season. With their only loss coming from last week’s game against Dufur, the girls are looking to continue the team’s preseason momentum into their league schedule.

Despite the loss, the Horizon girls’ team is showing improvement and gaining experience in only its third year in existence. This season is the girls’ first year of playing at the varsity level.

“They have had major improvements in skill,” said Horizon Athletic Director Oscar Stenberg. “The girls are learning the fundamentals of the game, where as before most of them didn’t understand the game and its concepts. The idea of savvy and understanding offense is a given now and their attitude to learn is just awesome.”

Boys’ game:

With both teams coming off close losses last week — the Pirates against Dufur and the Hawks against Condon — Tuesday’s game looked to be a thriller. And the boys didn’t let their fans down.

The Hawks led in the first quarter with the help of five points each from Jared Nagreen and Cameron Root and four from Nathan Olson. Cascade Locks standouts Sam Thomas and Joe Nolin had seven and six points respectively to keep the Pirates to within one at the end of the quarter.

Horizon’s offense slowed down in the second and the Pirates won the quarter 10 points to eight. Root scored seven of the eight for the Hawks. Cascade Locks took a one point lead at halftime after Derrick Harbaugh was fouled on a three-point attempt at the end of the quarter. He made two free throws to take the 25-24 lead.

Stephen Stenberg stepped up in the third for the Hawks with seven of the team’s 12 points in the quarter. But the Pirates had a more even scoring spread, with Thomas and Race Fisher scoring four and Nolin scoring six.

With a five point lead going into the fourth quarter, the Hawks needed a big quarter to take the win. They managed only 13 points to the Pirates’ 16, with Nagreen scoring eight in the quarter.

Ending the game, Horizon was forced into a foul game to stop the clock. The Pirates put the ball in the hands of Thomas, who was dangerous at the line. He went on to sink six of six in the fourth quarter and eight of eight for the night, effectively sealing the game for the home team.

“I’m glad we came away with the win,” said Cascade Locks coach Phil Nolin. “Horizon is a tough team and they will do well this year.”

Pirates girls’ highlights:

Nicole Martin — 3 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Holly Goben — 6 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks

Kelli Haskins — 10 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds

Heather Mohr — 8 points, 3 rebounds, 8 steals

Mikayla Ryan — 8 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds

Pirates boys’ highlights:

Joe Nolin — 21 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block

Sam Thomas — 19 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds

Race Fischer — 4 points, 4 rebounds

Derek Kelley — 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals

Derrick Harbaugh — 7 points

Chris Taylor — 3 steals

Horizon highlights:

Laura Yates — 7 points

Jared Nagreen — 15 points

Stephen Stenberg — 13 points

Cameron Root — 11 points

Bobby Cofrances — 6 points

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