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Girls get bamboozled by state-ranked Rams

By DAVE LEDER

News staff writer

For an explanation of why the HRV girls lost 72-31 to No. 6-ranked Central Catholic on Tuesday, you need to look no further than the first and third quarters.

The Eagles (0-2) combined to score just five points in the opening frame of each half, and when it was all said and done, no one tried to make any excuses.

“That’s a game we’d like to forget,” said junior wing Anna Hidle, who led the team in rebounding with six and scored four points. “Nothing seemed to be going right for us. But we also know that we can only improve.”

Central Catholic employed relentless full-court pressure throughout the game, and forced the inexperienced Eagles’ backcourt into turnovers.

“We tend to get a little anxious with the pressure,” said sophomore point guard Kristen Hedges, who has started the first two games in place of the injured Becca Meierbachtol.

“We know we have lots to improve upon, but the biggest thing will be to take our time more and get the offense going.”

Aside from a few spurts, the Eagles have been out of sync offensively over the first two games. They have yet to establish a true post presence and are still trying to iron out a half-court gameplan.

“We had very few times when we actually executed our offense and made strong cuts to open spots on the floor,” coach Tracy Norton said.

“They applied a lot of pressure on our ballhandlers, too, and we didn’t make strong passes when our players did get open.”

Norton said she would like her team to develop more discipline on the offensive end and not just settle for breaking the other team’s press.

She said she was pleased with the defensive effort on Tuesday, and that if the Eagles can match that intensity on the offensive end, they will

become more competitive.

“We’re really going to focus on the offensive end for the next few practices,” said Norton, whose leading scorer the past two games (senior Becki Flory) has tallied just 10 points.

The girls said they hoped to show how far they have come on Friday when St. Helens came to town (7:30 p.m. Friday; results not available at press time).

“We’re ready for a win,” Hidle said. “We haven’t played like we know we can, and I think we will take St. Helens.”

Game two of the Hood River Invitational will take place tonight. HRV’s opponent was to be determined by the result of Friday’s Hermiston-Rex Putnam matchup.

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Central Catholic 72, HRV 31

HRV — B. Flory 10, Davis 6, Hinman 4, Draper 3, Ortega 1, Hedges 1, Wimmers 1

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