The Hood River Valley girls basketball team regained some momentum in the Intermountain Conference over the weekend with two home wins over Crook County (47-35) and Summit (48-31).
Senior Becki Flory and junior Suni Davis each scored in double figures both games, and helped the Eagles (5-7 IMC, 6-14 overall) snap a five-game losing streak.
Flory’s 15 points paced the Eagles Friday versus the 1-11 Cowgirls, while Davis’ 16 led the way in Saturday’s 17-point win over the 1-11 Storm — the Eagles’ most decisive margin of victory this season.
“We were pretty pumped up to play in front of the home crowd again,” said junior Anna Hidle, who tallied eight points Friday and four on Saturday.
“We’ve been improving by leaps and bounds since the start of the season, and it’s nice to see how much better we’ve gotten,” she said.
The Eagles had beaten Crook County by just one point and Summit by only four the first time around, so wins of 12 and 17 points did wonders for their confidence.
“Knowing we could lose to a team we’ve already beaten kind of worried us,” Davis said in reference to the Eagles’ 20-point loss at Bend last weekend.
“We don’t like to have to hold on at the end of games if we can avoid it, so these games were a little more fun than our other wins.”
The Eagles led wire-to-wire in both games, and firmly established themselves as the No. 5 team in the IMC. Bend is also battling for fifth place, and stands at 4-8 with two games remaining.
“We’ve had to learn to play in the IMC, and it’s been tough at times,” said Hidle, who will take on a senior leadership role along with Davis and Alyssa Ortega in 2003-04.
“But I think we know what it will take to win in this league, and hopefully we can peak next year and make a run at the playoffs.”
At 5-7, HRV is still shooting for a .500 conference record. However, its two remaining games are against playoff representatives, Pendleton (Tuesday, results not available at press time) and Mountain View (Saturday in Bend).
“We’re not going to overlook either team,” Hidle said, “but we believe we can compete with both of them. It would be great to finish our first season in the IMC with a .500 record, but win or lose, we’ve already come a long way.”
Three more underclassmen who will help the Eagles’ ascent in the IMC next year are sophomore point guard Kristen Hedges, sophomore wing Talia Hinman, and freshman guard Stefanie Draper.
“We’re only losing three seniors,” Hidle said, “and we have a lot of young players who are getting better with every game.”