By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
January 27, 2007
Most teams have one game every season they wish they could have back.
For the Hood River Valley girls, that game will likely be Tuesday night’s contest against the Dalles-Wahtonka Eagle-Indians.
After Hood River (3-12, 1-7 MHC) held an 8-point lead midway through the third quarter, the Eagle-Indians (7-8, 2-3 IMC) stormed back to take a 46-41 victory behind 11 second half points from Laura North.
While Meredith Danko scored 14 points for the Eagles, including several key baskets down the stretch, it was not enough to overcome the late game implosion.
Hood River built a 25-16 lead at halftime, but watched it evaporate in the third quarter as the Eagle offense broke down under tough defensive pressure from the Eagle-Indians, allowing the Eagle-Indians to take a 34-33 lead going into the final quarter.
Hood River took its final lead of the game in the opening seconds of the fourth when Danko hit a three-pointer, but the Eagle-Indians answered right back with a three-pointer of their own at the other end and were able to fend off the Eagles the rest of the way.
The game turned into a mad scramble in the final minute after Danko hit a lay up to cut the lead to 43-41 with 24 seconds left. The Eagle-Indians turned the ball over to Hood River on the inbounds pass, only to have the Eagles give it right back after their inbounds pass went out of bounds.