News staff writer
February 4, 2006
The Eagles’ varsity girls went 0 for 2 this week, losing at home to Pendleton and Bend high schools on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The girls lacked two key players, with Brianne Rowley out due to an injured hand and Abby Walters limited in playing time due to a rib injury.
Their game against Pendleton snowballed in the fourth quarter, as the visitors scored 20 points to take the 56-41 win. In Thursday’s game, the girls came out sluggish and ended the first quarter in a 14-2 hole. They turned the game around after that, matching the Bears 38 points to 39. The rough start was too much to overcome, however, and the girls took the 53-40 loss.
“The game against Pendleton was very aggressive and I thought if we could have gotten a few fouls on their posts it would have been a different outcome,” commented Coach Phil Hukari. “It was just too much pressure and we had too many turnovers … I think we put a scare into them and with a couple of breaks early on may have had them on the ropes.”
Hukari said the following about Thursday’s game; “The failure to handle the pressure resulted in numerous scoring opportunities for Bend. The score could have been much worse but the Eagles rallied to come within seven early in the third quarter. We just could not overcome the early deficit … Chelsey Elliott, who had an off-night shooting, still led the Eagles with 16 points. Even an off-night for Chelsey is a good night for most players in the league. We feed off her energy.”