Wednesday, February 9, 2011
A wild finish in The Dalles Tuesday night set up a fight to the finish for the No. 2 spot in the Columbia River Conference in the final week of regular season play.
Hood River Valley rallied from a six point deficit and survived a last gasp shot at the buzzer by The Dalles-Wahtonka to knock off the Eagle-Indians 33-32 Tuesday night at Kurtz Gym.
The HRV win tied both teams up at 4-5 in league play and in second place in the standings.
The game came down to the final seconds after the Eagles had a chance to ice it when they rebounded a missed Leah Wilson free throw with 27 seconds left, but HRV's Jaci Bryant turned the ball over under Eagle-Indian pressure, and TDW called timeout with 13 seconds left.
On the ensuing inbounds play, HRV's Danae Burck tipped the first pass out of bounds, taking one second of the clock. On each of the next two inbounds attempts, HRV's Jaci Bryant waited several seconds before using the two fouls which the Eagles had to give before allowing bonus free throws. Those fouls wound up taking another seven seconds off the clock.
On the final inbounds attempt the Eagle-Indians got the ball Anndria North on the low block, but several HRV players got their hands on the ball and forced her to make a tough pass to Leah Wilson at the top of the key, who then took a fadeaway jumper that failed to draw iron at the buzzer.
"We were trying to get Anndria North the ball," said TDW assistant coach Craig Compton, who coached the Eagle-Indians while head coach Dan Telles served a one game suspension after being ejected at Hermiston Friday. "They were able to use their lack of fouls to their advantage to use up the clock."
HRV's Angie Titus scored 17 points to lead all scorers, while Nikki McCall led TDW with eight points.
After the two teams combined for 40 points the last time they played, both coaches expected another low scoring dogfight, and that was exactly what they got. Both sides went four minutes without scoring midway through the fourth quarter, but by that point the Eagles were in the position they wanted to be in going into the final minutes of the game.
"It was no less ugly than the last time we played," HRV coach Tom Ames said.
The Eagles took a 30-29 lead on a Jaci Bryant runner 1:40 into the fourth quarter and never trailed after that.
Titus made it a three point gap with a layup with 5:05 to play and neither team would score again until Burck hit the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1:07 to play. North hit a long jumper to make it 33-31 with 54 seconds left and after HRV's Emily Ing missed the front end of a 1-and-1, North was fouled to prevent an easy shot underneath the basket with 27 seconds left. She hit the first free throw but missed the second, setting up the wild finish to the game.
The Eagle-Indians led 21-15 after McCall hit a three-pointer in the final seconds before the half for the largest lead for either team in the game, but the Eagles had whittled it to a one point deficit by the start of the fourth quarter. That was largely thanks to Titus, who scored eight of her points in the quarter. However, HRV's Emily Ing had the big play in the quarter when she converted a three-point play after being fouled on a baseline runner with 1:21 to play to cut the TDW lead to 27-26.
Both teams will meet again in Hood River next Friday in a game that could likely decide which team hosts a first round regional playoff game and which has to go on the road to open the playoffs.
"We knew that if we won it would wrap up second place for us," Compton said. "Now its going to come down to a road game in Hood River."
HRV 33 TDW 32
HRV 7 8 13 5-33
TDW 8 13 8 3-32
HRV-Angie Titus 17, Bailey 5, Bryant 4, Ing 3, White 2, Burck 1, Edwards 1, Winans, Metivier
TDW- Nikki McCall 8, Hegge 6, North 6, Wilson 3, Martinson 2, Keimig 2
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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