By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
February 1, 2006
The Horizon Hawks traveled east on Friday to take on the Helix Grizzlies. The Hawks headed home with a loss and a win, with girls coming up 20 points short and the boys tacking on another ‘W’ to their league record.
After a slow and damaging first quarter, the Horizon girls turned their game around and played a much-improved second half. Although the Hawks outscored Helix in the fourth quarter, their deficit was too great to overcome and they took the 49-29 loss.
“Our goal was to come out and play great defense, hoping that good defense would turn into more points,” Coach Amanda Bellus commented. “We struggled against their full court press, but in the last three quarters we played well. We even won the fourth quarter.”
Adding to the girls’ tough game were two of their starters, Jacque Mellow and Stephanie Ryan, who got into foul trouble.
“Our bench responded and played well,” Bellus said. “Hannah Wesner, in her first year ever playing basketball, scored the first points of her basketball career, going two for two on free throws.”
Laura Yates led the Hawks in scoring with 13 points, followed by Jacque Mellow, Kari Poole, and Hannah Frost with 3 points apiece.
The Horizon boys played after the girls, and late in the fourth quarter the home team looked to possibly take a come-from-behind, upset victory over the Hawks. Helix did not finish strong, Horizon did, and the game ended 62-55, Horizon.
“Escape is the best way to put this win in perspective,” boys’ coach Ron Haynes commented.
He is referring to the sequence of events that led to Helix coming from a six point deficit after the first quarter to outscoring the Hawks in the second and third quarters and threatening an upset. The fourth was all Horizon, however, as the visiting team outscored Helix 22 points to 13 to escape with the win.
“We put on a late charge to rally from being down by one with 1:49 in the game to break out and win 62-55,” Haynes described. “Jeff Larson scored on a bucket and a free-throw to put us ahead. Helix then missed shots on two consecutive possessions on which we converted free-throws.”
Highlights from the game include Cameron Root scoring 24 points and keeping the Hawks in the game with several steals off the team’s tight press. Jared Nagreen tallied 16 points, followed by Jeff Larson with 11 and Bobby Cofrances with nine. Stephen Stenberg got into foul trouble and had limited playing time, which impacted the team’s offensive execution.
The Hawks faced Cascade Locks on Tuesday evening at Hood River Middle School and on Friday they will host Central Christian (6 p.m. girls and 7:30 p.m. boys at Wy’east Middle School).