News staff writer
February 8, 2006
The Cascade Locks boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were busy over the weekend, with action on the road Friday at Dufur and at home on Saturday versus Nixyawwii. The top-ranked Dufur girls played solid and consistent, turning a small first quarter lead into a 48-34 victory. The boys’ game went the other way, however, and the Pirates held Dufur until the end to finish with a 47-41 win on the road. The results would look similar on the Pirates’ turf Saturday evening, with the girls losing a tough 42-33 game and the boys coming up with a close-fought 65-59 win.
Girls at Dufur
In the first half of the game, the Pirates looked like they could defeat the home team. Nicole Martin opened up the scoring for Cascade Locks with a jumper and an assist to Mikayla Ryan. Then Heather Mohr came up with a three-point play to give the Pirates an early lead.
Dufur nailed a last second three-pointer kept to take a 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Dufur also changed defenses, which effectively stymied the visitor’s offense and helped them take a 28-22 lead at the half.
In the second half the Pirates were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities and Dufur built and held onto their lead.
Nicole Martin – 13 points, 8 rebounds
Heather Mohr – 9 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals
Mikayla Ryan – 6 points,
Kelli Haskins – 4 points, 8 rebounds
Boys at Dufur
The boys solidified their playoff hopes Friday night by defeating a very physical squad of Dufur Rangers. With the help of two three-pointers by Daniel Nolin, the Pirates led 12-6 after the first quarter and 20-16 at the half.
Free throws played a key role in the second half, with the Rangers taking the lead from and the Pirates missing key points from the stripe in the third to help Dufur reduced their deficit to only one point.
The fourth quarter was intense. Although the Rangers’ physical play frustrated the Pirates, it resulted in their demise, as Cascade Locks was put on the free-throw line for several key buckets.
With only 30 seconds left and a chance for Dufur to tie the game, they missed a key shot that Thomas rebounded. He was fouled and his made free throws put Cascade Locks up by four. Race Fischer finished the game with two more free throws and the boys departed with the win.
Joe Nolin – 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 blocks
Daniel Nolin – 12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals
Sam Thomas – 11 points
Girls vs. Nixyaawii
The Golden Eagles from the east took on the Pirate girls in their own gym. After leading for much of the game, Cascade Locks struggled to finish and the Golden Eagles went on a 10-point run in the fourth to seal a come-from-behind win.
Nicole Martin – 15 points
Heather Mohr – 10 points,
Mikayla Ryan – 6 points, 13 rebounds
Kelli Haskins – 14 rebounds
Boys vs. Nixyaawwi
The boys followed suit with the previous night’s narrow victory. For the first time this season, junior point guard Derek Kelley asserted his speed and athleticism to lead the team in scoring. Contributions from bench players also proved crucial to the team’s win. Kelly totaled 10 points in the first period alone, helping the Pirates to a 17-12 lead after one.
Thomas swished two straight three-point shots in the second quarter to keep momentum rolling for the home team.
Kelley stormed the length of the court to score with only two seconds left at the end of the third, giving Cascade Locks a one-point lead.
Nolin played a key role in the win, scoring eight of his 12 points in the final period. Kelley drove inside repeatedly and Nixyaawii could not keep up. The Pirates had trouble putting the game away at the line, missing over ten free throws in the fourth quarter. But the boys stuck together and pulled off a key win.
Derek Kelley – 23 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 steals
Sam Thomas – 13 points
Joe Nolin – 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks
Daniel Nolin – 8 points, 4 rebounds