The Hood River Valley girls basketball team needed at least one win last weekend in Central Oregon to stay alive for an Intermountain Conference playoff spot.
But losses of 53-33 to Bend and 86-44 to Redmond, coupled with a midseason surge by Mountain View, have combined to put HRV (3-7 IMC) in a deep hole.
“The Bend loss was disappointing, especially since we had beaten them before,” coach Tracy Norton said. “They were a much improved team the second time around, and were well prepared on offense.”
Norton said the Lava Bears (3-7 IMC) were highly effective in moving the ball around the perimeter and inside to their post players, while the Eagles were a “step slow” on their defensive rotation.
But Norton said the biggest key to Friday’s loss was her team’s 17 percent field-goal shooting.
“We had some decent looks at the basket, but we just couldn’t make anything,” she said.
Becki Flory led HRV with 10 points, and was followed by Suni Davis with six, and Kristen Hedges and Brittany Reed with five apiece.
Saturday’s game against first-place Redmond was a better effort, despite the disparity in the final score. Norton said the Eagles played strong team defense and effectively slowed the Panthers’ fast break.
“Had we played the same way against Bend, we would have beaten them,” she said.
Davis led the Eagles in scoring with 11 points, while Anna Hidle chipped in 10, Talia Hinman six, Flory five, and Hedges and Alyssa Ortega four each.
It was the Eagles’ fifth loss in a row, which has all but erased a stellar 3-2 conference start. HRV hosts Crook County and Summit this weekend.