Tuesday, February 6, 2007
By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
January 17, 2007
The game was quickly becoming a story that had been written before.
The Hood River Valley Eagles girls, clinging to a three-point lead in the fourth quarter against Centennial, began turning the ball over. However, after Centennial returned the favor several times at the end, Meredith Danko took over and scored the Eagles’ final five points as Hood River held on for a 43-36 win for its first home victory of the season Friday night.
Danko scored 19 points and Brianne Rowley added 11, while the Eagles also got solid performances of the bench from Sandra Jefferies, Jill Chance, and Rachel Schlosser in the win. Rachel Newby led Centennial with 16 points.
“Before the game, I just wrote on the board ‘Win,’” Eagles coach Phil Hukari said. “It feels good to get in the win column.”
The Eagles led from start to finish for the first time this season, using good ball movement and effective shot selection to take a 24-16 lead at halftime. Hood River built a lead as large as 11 in the first half as Schlosser and Danko helped keep the offense moving with crisp passes inside to Rowley, who scored eight of her points in the first half.
In the second half neither team could get much momentum going and scoring came in spurts for both teams.
Hood River had several chances to put the game away in the fourth quarter, but could not convert on several layups. Meanwhile, Centennial kept themselves in the game through three- point shots.
The Eagles also got called for several offensive fouls, but Centennial was not able to generate many points off possession changes as they either missed shots, or turned the ball over against a tough Hood River defense led by Danko, Meagan Clark and Rachel Perry.
Hood River was finally able to put the game away in the final minute when Danko hit a three pointer and then followed it with a long two to give the Eagles an eight point advantage that Centennial was able to get down to five points before time ran out.
Rowley credited an increased attentiveness to defense in practice to getting the Eagles the win.
“We picked up the intensity in our practices,” she said. “We’ve been practicing our defense a lot.”
Danko, on the other hand, noticed a marked increase in the productivity of the Eagles’ offense.
“We were putting things together on offense and passing the ball around to find good shots,” she said.
Hukari saw some flaws in both the offense and defense, but considered his team’s performance in both aspects, as well as the contribution from his bench, to be markedly improved.
“I’m just happy with the overall team effort,” he said.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge