HR girls play last games

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

February 18, 2006

Losing eight games in a row is never easy. And the Hood River Valley varsity girls’ basketball team reached that number recently with at-home losses against Redmond and The Dalles-Wahtonka. In their final two home games of the season, the girls lost 54-36 to the Panthers and 47-38 to the Eagle Indians, moving the team’s league record to 3-11.

With only two games remaining, the girls looked to end their season on a high note with their final games against teams they defeated earlier this season.

They traveled to Crook County on Thursday to take on the Cowboys, who the Eagles defeated by two points in their first league game of the season. This time around, the game ended in a 51-30 loss.

And today the girls head south to Mountain View High School to take on the Intermountain Conference’s number four team. In their previous meeting in Hood River, the Eagles edged the Cougars 45-44 for their most recent league win of the season back in January.

HRV vs. Redmond

The Panthers pulled away in the final period, making the game appear more lopsided than it really was. At halftime the Eagles were down by only five points and they matched Redmond 12 points to 14 in the third. In the fourth, however, the home team outscored Hood River 20-9, pulling away in the final minutes with an eight-point streak when the Eagles were forced to press and foul.

Scoring highlights include the team’s leading scorer, Chelsey Elliott, with 15 points, followed by a decent showing from Jennifer Jefferies with six points.

HRV vs. The Dalles-Wahtonka

Poor shooting in the first and third quarters was the Eagles’ demise in their final home game of the season. The girls managed only two buckets in the first, putting them behind 13-4 by the end of the quarter. They rallied in the second quarter to win it 12-7, giving the visitors a five-point lead at half time.

The third quarter was riddled with turnovers and unforced errors for the Eagles, who scored only five points in the period. With a 12 point deficit to overcome in the fourth, the Eagles had the highest scoring quarter of the game, from either team. Their 17-point rally was too little too late, however, and the Eagle-Indians answered with 14 points in the quarter to take the nine-point victory.

Leading the team once again was Elliott, who tallied 13 points and helped the girls rally in the second and fourth quarters. Abby Walters chipped in with six and Kayla Monahan scored five.

HRV vs. Crook County

The girls lost a tough 51-30 game against the Cowboys, managing only seven points in the first half. They matched the home team 22 points to their 24, but after a cold first half, they could not get back into the game. Jamie Abbot led the team with nine points, followed by Meredith Danko with six and Brianne Rowley with five.

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