Eagle girls bounce back with dominant win

December 14, 2011

Now this was more of the type of game the Hood River Valley girls basketball team envisioned itself playing this season.

Three nights after scoring only 21 points in a loss to David Douglas, the Eagles eclipsed that mark by halftime Friday against Sprague and used an aggressive defense to stifle the Olympians in a 52-26 victory.

"We just had so much more intensity tonight," said forward Logan Bailey, who led all scorers with 20 points.

In addition to Bailey's 20, the Eagles got eight points from Natalia Ames and six each from Danae Burck and Kenzie Yoshimura.

Sprague was led by Fallon Gartman with nine points and Sophy Kerzman with eight.

"That was the worst game we had ever played," Natalya Ames said of the loss to David Douglas. "But now we know we can bounce back from our lowest point and play well."

The Eagles went full-speed-ahead early on, flying around the court and creating numerous turnovers.

However, the fierce defense also put the Eagles in foul trouble in the first, with the Olympians hitting the double bonus with five minutes to play.

The Eagles took an 11-point lead to the half after a Hallie Curtis layup in the final minute, and the double-digit lead allowed HRV coach Tom Ames to sit Bailey and center Megan Winans for most of the third quarter after both picked up three first-half fouls.

"That was a luxury to be able to do that," Ames said.

The Olympians were not able to take advantage of the Eagle foul troubles nor the lack of two key starters in the third quarter, managing only one field goal in the period, a three-pointer with 1:30 to play. That shot snapped a 10-1 HRV run but Sprague could not find a way to get back in the game as the Eagles poured it on in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles stretched their lead to as big as 20 points in the third quarter, and continued to build momentum heading into the fourth.

The Eagles posted 20 points in the quarter, their highest scoring frame of the night, with eight of them coming from Bailey.

Ames said that the players and coaching staff quickly moved on from the previous loss, and that team leaders had held a meeting at lunch the following day to pull the team back together.

"Hopefully that's a turnaround," he said. "I let it go and the girls took care of it. Some team leaders stepped up and had a meeting."

The Eagles were scheduled to play at Gresham Tuesday before hosting Rex Putnam Friday.

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