Thursday, December 30, 2010
When their league season opens next week, the Hood River Valley girls basketball team is hoping to forget the last few weeks even happened.
Particularly its game Monday against Grant at the Gresham Holiday Classic.
"That's how we've been playing really since Gresham (Dec. 14)," HRV coach Tom Ames said.
The Generals dominated the Eagles in every aspect at Gresham High School and won 73-46.
The Eagles beat Gresham handily in the same gym earlier this month, but in that game Ames noticed a disturbing trend begin to develop: "We're sloppy and that's frustrating," he said.
After beating Gresham, the Eagles then lost two straight, but beat St. Helens by 30 points last week. Even in that win, Ames was not satisfied, believing his team turned the ball over too many times in the second half.
Those worries came to full fruition Monday: After a brief run in the second quarter that saw them pull to within six points, the Eagles never threatened again.
At points in the second half the Generals pushed their lead north of 30 points, taking advantage of poor Eagle shooting and constant turnovers.
Emili Metivier led the Eagles with 11 points, while Jaci Bryant had 10 and Angie Titus had 9. Titus sat out most of the second half after picking up her fourth foul 1:50 into the second half.
"We need to slow down on offense a lot more, clearly," Ames said as he looked at the stat sheet with the Eagle turnovers.
The Eagles were set to play the loser of Sandy/Union (Vancouver, Wash.) Tuesday afternoon and then play a final game Wednesday. After that Ames was hopeful a week and a half of practice would have them back in the form they need to be in come league play.
"We just need to snap out of it," he said.
The Eagles open league play against Hermiston at home Jan. 7.
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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