By JOE NOLIN
For The News
January 13, 2007
After a fast-paced engagement against the Horizon Christian Hawks Tuesday night, the Cascade Locks Pirate boys were able to breathe a sigh of relief, winning the game 56-51. The game between Cascade Locks and Horizon girls was similarly close, with the Hawks coming out on top 29-21.
Derek Kelley and Daniel Nolin led the Pirate boys in scoring, Kelly contributing 18 while Nolin finished with 17. Race Fischer, Chris Taylor, and Derrick Harbaugh also aided the Pirates in their win, Fischer and Taylor making inside shots and grabbing rebounds, while Harbaugh let loose quick jumpers from outside. The Hawks kept the Pirates on their heels with inside drives from Cameron Root, while Jake Johnson and Bobby Cofrances rained down three-pointers. Post Josh Larson made some good inside shots for the Hawks, competing with Taylor and Fischer for position down low.
After winning the tip-off, the Pirates and Hawks traded baskets for the entire first half of the game, and neither team could get more than 3 points ahead of the other. The first half finished with a 31-26 Pirate lead. The Hawks quickly closed the scoring gap at the start of the second, but never managed to close the gap entirely. Halfway through the fourth the Pirates made several good shots, and used free-throws to pull further ahead of the Hawks. Although Horizon kept playing enthusiastically, they couldn’t catch up to the Pirates in the end.
The Pirate girls, however, did not fare as well as their male counterparts, losing to an improved Horizon Christian team. Horizon Coach Amanda Bellus said her team’s aim was “to come out more intense,” which the Hawks were able to do, although it took awhile for teams to get going.
The game started out slow, neither team making any dedicated scoring attempts until well into the first quarter. However, the Hawks slowly started to pull ahead of the Pirates. Near the start of the second quarter Cascade Locks started having some breaks on offense, penetrating inside for a few quick lay-ins. At about the same time their defense kicked in, slowing down the Hawks’ previous momentum. The first half finished with the Hawks ahead 17-8. Through their new-found intensity in the second half, the Pirates were pulling themselves back into the game. By the end of the third, the Pirates were within 4 points of the Hawks.
The fourth started slow, with both teams playing tough defense and preventing scoring. Although both teams scored a few buckets later in the quarter, defense was too tight for much real offensive action. Tight defense by the Hawks ran the clock down and kept Cascade Locks from catching up. In the closing minutes the Hawks sealed the deal with free-throws to keep the Pirates out of reach.
The Pirates were led in scoring by senior Heather Mohr, who finished with 13 points. The Pirates also received help from Kristen Rutherford and Mikayla Ryan in the form of rebounds, although their effect on the game was limited by early foul trouble. Horizon’s Laura Yates led the Hawks with 15 points and was the key to the Hawks’ victory. Hannah Frost and Jacque Mellow both added intensity to Horizon’s defensive effort.