Wednesday, January 26, 2011
After scoring 21 points in the first half and going into the locker room down six to Pendleton, the Hood River Valley girls basketball team thought inside the box for a way to mount a comeback. A box-and-1 specifically. With one defender assigned at all times to shadow Pendleton's Gabby Heehn - who torched the Eagles for 11 points in the second quarter - the Eagles mounted an 18-7 swing in the third quarter and routed the Buckaroos in the second half for a 51-36 win. "We ran it some last year," HRV coach Tom Ames said of the defensive switch. "But we had not practiced it this year." With Heehn shut down by the Eagles' defense, the Buckaroos (7-7, 0-4 CRC) fell apart under the HRV (9-6, 2-2 CRC) second-half surge. Pendleton scored only seven points in the second half and went nearly seven minutes without scoring between the final minute of the third quarter and a pair of free-throws with 1:50 to play in the game. On the offensive the Eagles began aggressively pushing the tempo, with Emily Ing and Jaci Bryant hitting big shots to stretch the HRV lead. Bryant led all scorers with 21 points, while Ing added 13. Heehn led the Buckaroos with 14 points - with none of those coming after halftime. Pendleton clamped down on leading Eagles scorer Angie Titus, limiting her to five points, but the Eagles were able to get other scoring options going. "It was really nice to see Emily Ing stepping up," Ames said. While she didn't score as much as usual, the HRV post contributed in other ways on the stat sheet, as did several other HRV role players. In the final minutes of the third quarter, Pendleton closed to within 35-34 on a three-pointer by Andrea Hellstrand with 40 seconds to go in the quarter. At the other end of the floor HRV played for the last shot. Emily Metivier received a pass, backed down a defender and then bounced a behind-the-back pass to a cutting Katie White who scored on a spectacular reverse lay-in and was fouled. She missed the ensuing free-throw, but Titus rebounded it and put it back for a five-point HRV lead heading into the fourth quarter. After having a terrible third quarter against The Dalles-Wahtonka Friday night, Ing said it the second-half run was a good way to recover. "This was a must-win game so I'm glad we pulled it off," Ing said. Ing said the struggles in the second half against The Dalles carried over into the first half against Pendleton, but the Eagles snapped out of it in the second half. "Our energy levels were just down," she said. With the win HRV moved into second place in the league standings. They played at Hermiston Friday night, and then have Tuesday off before playing at The Dalles next Friday in a key match up for both teams as they jockey for the No. 2 spot in the league standings. n At Pendleton Tuesday the HRV boys (2-13, 0-4) dropped their 10th straight game and remained winless in league play following a 67-52 loss to the Bucks (10-5, 3-1).
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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