HRV girls bball winds up on wrong end of back-and-forth battle

December 24, 2011

Throughout their non-league schedule this season the Hood River Valley girls basketball team had found a way to get wins through timely scoring, tough defense and a few nice offensive outbursts.

After rallying to beat Woodburn the night before, the Eagles tried to pull off another comeback against Centennial Tuesday night, but fell just short in a 40-37 loss.

The Eagles got 11 points from Logan Bailey and nine from Megan Winans but it was not enough to hold off a late Centennial surge.

HRV led 33-29 after three quarters quarter, but Centennial used a 7-0 run to snatch the lead back.

The two teams traded turnovers repeatedly in the final minutes after Natalia Ames made a layup to cut the lead to one point at 36-35.

However, that would be as close as HRV would get the rest of the way.

With just over two minutes left, Centennial began attempting to play stall-ball to kill off the clock.

In the first half, both teams fouled early and often, but in the second half HRV found itself with just two team fouls in the closing minutes. That forced them to pick up the pace rapidly to get Centennial to the free-throw line. The Eagles managed to pick up five fouls in 20 seconds to force Centennial into foul shots.

The foul flurry almost worked.

Angie Sharma missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with Centennial up 39-37 with 1:30 to play. HRV went for the lead on the next possession, but a Bailey three was short and Centennial rebounded. The Eagles fouled Bri Dexhalmer to force her to the line. She missed the first free throw with 22 seconds left, but made the second.

The Eagles called a timeout with 18 seconds left and set up for one more play. However, the Centennial defense prevented HRV from getting a good look and desperation fade-away three-point attempt at the buzzer by Ames came up short.

HRV now stands 5-2 on the season, with its two losses coming by a combined seven points. They play at the Gresham tournament after Christmas, with three games Dec. 28-30.

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