Tolbert, Bloomster lead girls in overtime win

Overtime might be part of the winning formula for the Horizon Christian School girls basketball team.

The Hawks outscored Columbian Christian 10-0 in the overtime period Wednesday, pulling away to a 38-28 win at home. It was Horizon’s second overtime win out of three victories this season.

Horizon (3-7) was saddled by turnovers (36 total) throughout regulation, but the Hawks played cleaner in the extra period, turning the ball over just twice. The result was more possessions, which led to more opportunities to score.

Senior post Katie Tolbert took advantage, scoring five of her game-high 15 points in the extra period. Tolbert, who was 5 for 6 from the free-throw line, added eight rebounds. She opened the overtime scoring with a field goal and two free throws to give Horizon a 32-28 lead. Marlie Bloomster’s three-point play with 1:50 remaining all but sealed the win for the Hawks. Bloomster had a game-high 14 rebounds, helping her team to a 45-41 advantage in that category.

Horizon led a couple of six-point leads in the first half, but the Hawks could never completely shake free of the Knights. Columbia closed the third quarter with a 7-2 scoring advantage to take a 22-20 lead. The game was tied for times in the fourth quarter.

Horizon began league play Friday at Central Christian in Redmond (results were unavailable at presstime). The Hawks continue Big Sky action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. home game against Echo.

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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



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