Wednesday, February 22, 2012
HERMISTON - A slow start by the Horizon Christian School girls basketball team proved too much to overcome, as the Hawks lost to Ione 41-21 in Thursday's first round of the Big Sky playoffs at Hermiston High School.
Meantime, later in the evening, the fourth-ranked Horizon boys team jumped out to a 17-0 lead en route to a 70-36 first-round win against Condon-Wheeler. Horizon played Ione in Friday night's 7:30 p.m. semifinal game.
The Hawk girls, who made a late-season run to qualify for district play, fell behind early in their contest and couldn't recover. Horizon was hurt by turnovers (18 in the game's first 10 minutes) and poor shooting (1-for-13 in the first two periods), which enabled Ione to take a 16-2 halftime lead.
As has been the case late in the season, Horizon battled back.
"We hung in there and made a game of it," coach Stan Perkins said. "I was proud of how we kept battling."
Trista Hicks fueled the Hawk rally with three second-half three-pointers. Horizon cut the lead to 24-18 before Ione regained control and closed with a 17-3 finish.
Hicks led Horizon with 11 points and six rebounds. Joanna Patton scored 13 to lead Ione, which had a 40-29 rebound advantage.
The Hawk boys would need no comeback in their game. Horizon shot 68 percent in the first half to lead 41-11 at the break. Sophomore Matt Totaro scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first half on 8-of-9 shooting from the field.
"We had a good week of practice and that carried over to tonight's game," coach Darrin Lingel said. "Our senior leaders, Max (Totaro) and Sam (Anthony) have helped us focus on the things we need to do to be successful."
Horizon's combination of half-court and full-court trapping defenses forced Condon-Wheeler into 12 first-half turnovers which led to 19 points. Horizon out-rebounded Condon 45-29 and was led by senior reserve wing Gabe Holste's 12 boards.
"When we out-rebound teams and have good shot selection on offense, we usually win games," Lingel said. "We're looking forward to playing Ione again."
Horizon's first loss this season was a 70-60 setback to the Cardinals in December.
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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