“Ugly, ugly, ugly.”
That’s how HRV girls basketball coach Tracy Norton described her team’s effort against first-place Pendleton on Tuesday — an effort that resulted in a 51-26 defeat.
“Basically, it boiled down to the fact that we could do nothing on offense,” Norton added. “We were pressured quite a bit, and our ballhandlers were double-teamed the whole time.
“We didn’t handle their pressure well, and when we did break the press, we didn’t attack the basket,” she said.
That lack of offensive punch added up to the Eagles’ lowest scoring output of the season, and dropped their Intermountain Conference record to 5-8 (6-15 overall) with one game remaining.
Sophomore Kristen Hedges led the Eagles with eight points, while junior Anna Hidle had six, junior Alyssa Ortega four, and sophomore Katie Flory four.
Freshman Meghan Flem tossed in two, while the team’s leading scorers the past two weeks, senior Becki Flory and junior Suni Davis, only managed one point apiece.
“We were simply never able to get into a routine on offense,” Norton said. “Our ball movement was slow and our passes were not crisp. We just never got into sync with anything offensively.”
On the bright side, the Eagles’ defense held Pendleton (11-2 IMC) to one of its lowest outputs this season. The Buckaroos average close to 60 points per game (second in the IMC), while the Eagles score roughly 39 points per game (sixth in the IMC).
HRV will close out the season on Saturday in Bend with a 2:45 p.m. game at 8-4 Mountain View.