News staff writer
December 14, 2005
The Crook County girls’ basketball team made the trip from Prineville to Hood River Saturday morning to challenge the Eagles on their home turf in both teams’ first league game of the season.
After four ferocious and painfully close quarters, the varsity girls finished with a two point lead for a 46-44 victory, sending the Cowboys home in angst for the game that slipped away.
The Eagles outscored Crook County by only one point in both the first and second quarters, which was the two points they needed to come away with the win. The second half was a dead tie, with both teams scoring 22 points in the half.
“If we would have finished our layins and short jump shots better, the game would have been much easier on the coaches’ mental states,” said Coach Phil Hukari, who watched the game in suspense from the bench. “We withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally and a horrible shooting performance to come away with the win. Both teams battled head to head, with the Eagles making the big free throws and controlling the ball the last few minutes. We played tough defense and made the big plays when needed.”
The win improves the varsity girls’ record to 3-1 (1-0 conference), which is a high point in itself, as last year the team struggled with only two conference wins all season.
The girls went on to face Reynolds (2-3 overall, 1-1 conference) at home on Tuesday night. Coverage from that game will be featured in the Dec. 17 issue of the Hood River news.
The girls will then go on the road to face Bend High on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Newberg Tournament on Dec. 20.
HRV scoring highlights:
Abby Walters 13 points
Meredith Danko 9 points