Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Hood River Valley girls basketball team got to let out a big sigh of relief at the end of its home opener Friday night against Cleveland.
After seeing what had been an 11-point lead disappear late in the third quarter, and then an eight-point lead turn into a one-point deficit with less than a minute to play, the Eagles had to hold their breath into the final seconds of a 56-55 victory.
Up by a point following a Laura Waller lay-up with 30 seconds to go, the Eagles missed three-consecutive free throws attempting to put the game away.
The Warriors had a chance to go for a win at the buzzer but Hallie Curtis stripped the ball from Lydia Snodderly just before time ran out to preserve the win.
Waller scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Eagles, who also got a double-double from sophomore forward Kelsey Wells and a few clutch three-pointers from senior guard Natalia Ames.
“Laura had a great game tonight,” said HRV coach Tom Ames. “This was a breakout night for her”
The Eagles came out firing in the first quarter, and quickly built a lead up to double digits behind some hot shooting from Waller, who knocked down a pair of first-quarter three-pointers.
“It was my first home game starting varsity and I was really excited,” she said.
Centennial adjusted at both ends of the floor in the second quarter and the Eagles quickly found themselves in foul trouble.
By the end of the night the Eagles had collected 19 fouls, with Wells and fellow post Sophia Oswald fouling out in the closing minutes.
The Warriors began leaning heavily on 6-footer Emily Rommel in the second half, with the junior scoring 13 of her 18 points in the half.
They slowly chipped away at the HRV lead until Antonia Washington tied at 38-38 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Cleveland rally woke up the Eagles, who quickly got the lead back and stretched it to eight points with 3:30 to play in the game.
However they could not put the Warriors away and Cleveland again came storming back. Washington, Snodderly and Rommel combined to again wipe out the Eagle lead and a Washington layup with 50 seconds left gave the Warriors their first lead of the game.
It did not last long.
On the Eagles’ next possession, Ames found Waller open at the post and Waller converted the layup for a one-point Eagle advantage.
Waller missed an ensuing free throw, and Hallie Curtis missed a pair the next time down the floor for HRV, giving Cleveland one more chance with six seconds left.
“You can lead a horse to water…” Ames said of the Eagles’ chances to put the game away from the free-throw stripe. “It is what it is.”
Snodderly brought the ball up the floor and Curtis met her at the three-point line at the Eagles’ end. Snodderly tried to cross over to go inside, but found the patch blocked by Ames.
When she tried to cross back over to the outside, Curtis knocked the ball loose and the clock ran out as both teams scrambled for possession.
The win may not have been pretty but it did allow the Eagles to move to 3-1 with their third straight victory in the young season.
“It’s still a bit rough,” Waller said of the team’s play. “But we pulled it together today.”
The Eagles were set to host St. Helens Tuesday night and then play Franklin at home Friday night.
The Eagles beat the Quakers 60-25 at the Sandy Tournament earlier this season.
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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