Hawks initiated by Dufur, Country Christian

The road toward respect-ability doesn’t appear to be getting any easier for the Horizon Christian Hawks, who fell to 0-7 over the weekend with road losses to No. 8-ranked Country Christian and No. 3-ranked Dufur.

Lack of size underneath the boards and relative inexperience elsewhere on the court spelled defeats of 74-55 to Country Christian on Friday, and 104-37 to Dufur on Saturday.

“Obviously, Dufur is better than us,” coach Ron Haynes said, “but we also played really poorly. We got killed on the boards and panicked with their pressure. We just didn’t handle it well.”

The Rangers, who consistently reside among the state’s top 1A programs, employed a frenetic full-court press, and frustrated the Hawks into a bevy of mistakes. At one point in the game, the score was 26-2.

Only two Hawks players, Sheldon Diers (11) and Brian Stenberg (10), scored in double figures. Senior John Winters added eight.

Friday night’s effort against Country Christian was slightly better. The Hawks hadn’t played a game since a Dec. 18 home matchup with Stevenson, but played well despite few practices over the holidays.

“Despite only eight players, we played tough and executed well,” said Haynes, whose current roster includes two seniors, one sophomore and five freshman. “We got hurt badly on the boards, though.”

Stenberg led the way with a season-high 17 points, and added 11 rebounds and five steals. Diers, in his first game back since Dec. 6, had 11 points and eight rebounds, while Winters had 13 points and seven boards.

The Hawks will try to get on the winning track Friday with an away game at Crook County Christian.

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