Friday, January 18, 2013
You have to dig yourself a hole to get to a last-ditch effort.
The Hood River Valley Eagle girls basketball tossed aside the shovels they used in the first and third quarters and nearly rallied against Pendleton Tuesday before falling 49-45 in an exciting game before a sparse crowd at Vannet Court.
The Eagles got down 9-0 to start the game, thanks to forced and unforced turnovers in the face of the Buckaroos’ defensive press. The game was the Eagles’ Columbia River Conference opener. They travel to Hermiston Friday and host Lincoln today; results too late for press time.
Hood River scrambled back to 12-6 but in the last 1:09 of the first quarter Rayne Spencer scored twice to make it 17-6.
Hood River rallied to tie the game at the half, 19-19 on a pair of free throws by Laura Waller, who finished with a game-high 19 points.
The run got started when Ames found Waller in the corner. The Bucs missed their next three shots, and Wells scored after HRV got the ball down court before the defense could set up. Waller passed across court to Kelsey Wells, who lobbed in a jumper to make it 19-13 with 3:23 left. The Bucks turned it over again thanks to an effective HRV half-court trap but the Eagles couldn’t monopolize until Ames hit a three from the top of the key to make it 19-17 with 1:51 left.
On the game, Wells had 10 points, Natalia Ames and Hallie Curtis each had six, and Annie Veatch added four.
Darian Lindsey led Pendleton with 14 and 6-2 post Charmayne Robinson added 11.
In the third quarter the Eagles missed shots and the Bucks repeatedly took the ball away in front of either the Hood River or Pendleton bench.
Pendleton went on a 15-0 run to start the quarter, making it 34-19 before senior Hallie Curtis hit a three.
Helping the Eagles’ cause was the Bucks’ free-throw woes in the third, when they shot 1-10.
In the fourth, a Curtis to Wells feed made it 35-26 and Waller hit a long ball for a 37-29 margin with 5:13 left.
Just as the momentum seemed to go the Eagles’ way, Spencer struck again, hitting two more jumpers to make it 42-29 with 4:33 left.
But the Eagles toughened at that point. Ames hit her first hoop of the half, and it was 43-32.Curtis nailed a three for a 45-38 score with 2:36 left.
Curtis picked up two of her three defensive rebounds in the quarter, and then Wells found Waller in corner for her second trey of the half, making it 45-41 at 1:37.
Waller’s mother, Nancy, was just above her in the stands with a handmade sign reading, “Work Hard, Play Hard.”
Sophie Oswald and Lauren Winans made two defensive stops and Winans blocked a shot, and the Eagles had the ball with 54 seconds left. Wells took a feed from Curtis and turned around and finessed a 4-foot jumper to put the Eagles within two.
Waller got the Bucks’ miss, feeding Ames who had an open look on a long two but her shot rimmed out at 15 seconds.
Lindsay hit two free throws to seal it at 49-43 with six seconds left.
Wells scored a layup at one second, 49-45.
On the inbounds, Waller went high to try to steal the ball against the smaller Lainey Corbett, knocking the Buckaroo to the floor as the bell sounded.
“I’m really pleased with the effort; there was no ‘quit’ in us,” coach Tom Ames said. “We actually got a great look for the lead at the end. Turnovers versus pressure was our downfall, and transition hoops (for Pendleton) killed us. Our half-court offense and defense was pretty good, the quickness and pressure just got to us.
“I think we have our sub rotations figured out somewhat and that helps us in the second and fourth. Our half-court defense was pretty good all game, and we didn’t give up a lot of open looks.”
The girls have a back-to-back this weekend, first traveling to Hermiston on Friday.
“They have played a really tough preseason and are under .500 but they are very tough. As with all of our games, if we take care of the ball and shoot well, we’ll be right there,” Ames said.
The Eagles host Lincoln for a makeup game on Saturday at 3 p.m. (Junior varsity and freshmen at 1:15 p.m.)
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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