Hidle scores 23, but HRV falls again

MILWAUKIE — The Hood River Valley girls basketball team suffered another setback Thursday night with a 50-43 loss to Milwaukie.

Junior wing Anna Hidle scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Eagles, who fell to 0-6 in the preseason.

“The biggest thing for us right now is injuries,” assistant coach Kevin Morgan said. “We’re pretty banged up, and it’s been hard to develop a rhythm without so many key players.”

Sophomore Talia Hinman, who suffered cracked ribs in a snowboarding accident on Christmas day, was not available for action, while junior Alyssa Ortega continued to battle a sprained knee.

The team also learned this week that it will be without senior point guard Becca Meierbachtol for the remainder of the season because of her injured foot.

“We just need to keep the girls excited about playing,” Morgan said. “Once they learn how to win and are able to concentrate better on the little things like free-throw shooting, they will start to get some wins.”

Free-throw shooting is what hurt the Eagles Thursday, as they shot 31 percent (9-29).

“That’s what cost us the game,” Morgan said. “From a talent standpoint, we should’ve won. Even if we shot 50 percent, that would have been enough.”

Next up, HRV plays at home against Centennial on Jan. 3. The Intermountain Conference opener is Jan. 10 at home vs. Redmond.

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