Eagle girls basketball drops rough home opener to David Douglas

December 10, 2011

Thankfully there are still another two months or so left in the basketball. That means plenty of time for Hood River and David Douglas both to forget the Eagles' home opener Tuesday night.

David Douglas technically won the game by a 25-21 score, but there was plenty of room for improvement on both sides.

The teams combined for two field goals in the first quarter, the Scots held the Eagles to one point in the third quarter and the Eagles committed numerous crucial turnovers in the final minutes to allow David Douglas to get the win.

"They earned that," HRV coach Tom Ames said after the loss, saying the he brought an end to the previous day's practice after what he felt was a lack of effort.

Tashiana Bailey of David Douglas led all scorers with 12 points while Megan Winans had seven for HRV, with Danae Burck adding six.

Neither team was sharp in the contest, with the Eagles getting nearly 50 percent of their offense in a 9-2 run in the second quarter to grab a 13-8 lead at halftime.

The Scots claimed the lead with a 6-0 "run" throughout the third quarter, which allowed them to finally hit double digits three minutes into the second half; but the Eagles were able to tie it in the closing seconds when Megan Winans hit one of two free throws. Katie White prevented a desperation three-point attempt with a block at the third quarter buzzer.

The Eagles appeared to slowly take control of the game in the fourth quarter, taking a four-point lead on a Logan Bailey lay-up with two minutes to play.

Needing to hold on to the ball and run out the clock, the Eagles were unable to do either.

Jessica River hit a three-pointer for David Douglas on their next possession to cut the lead to one and force a timeout.

On the ensuing inbounds play, White dribbled up the right sideline only to have the ball poked away. The ball rolled around on the floor for several seconds while players from both sides waited for a whistle.

The Scots eventually picked up the ball and converted it into a layup by Mercedes Smelser to take the lead.

The Eagles had a chance to go for the win with 11 seconds left after calling a timeout but Tashiana Bailey stole the inbounds pass, hit a lay-up and was fouled at the other end.

She converted the foul shot and secured the victory for the Scots.

After the game, Ames was hard-pressed to find anything positive about the win.

"We did get 42 looks," he said, but then noted his team converted only six of those into made baskets.

He said the he intended to practice the team hard Wednesday and Thursday heading into Friday night's game against Sprague.

After the Sprague game the Eagles travel to Gresham Tuesday night.

In St. Helen's the Eagle boys could not avenge a play-in round loss to the Lions from last season and fell 71-61. Justin Schultz led HRV with 19 points with Ryan Wheat adding 14.

The Eagles boys host Gresham Tuesday for their home opener.

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