News staff writer
January 13, 2007
Even though his team lost by 27 points to the seventh-ranked Reynolds Raiders on Tuesday night, Hood River Valley girls’ basketball Coach Phil Hukari saw his team making progress.
The Eagles were able to break the Raiders’ press consistently in the 67-40 defeat, an improvement in a significant weak spot for the Eagles.
However, the Eagles were not able to finish shots after breaking the press early on and could only manage 3 points to the Raiders’ 13 in the first quarter. However, the Eagles were able to hang with the Raiders in the remaining three quarters with Rachel Perry scoring a season high 12 points and finishing her inside shots while seniors Rachel Schlosser, Sandra Jefferies and Jill Chance gave solid contributions off the bench.
However, in the end the Eagles proved unable to stop Reynolds star guards Renee Tzeo and Rachel Scarpelli, who combined to score 40 points.
“We never backed down but we could not match the physical play or the sharp shooting,” Hukari said.
Perry’s 12 points led the Eagles while Brianne Rowley added 6 points and Rachel Schlosser and Audrey Mallon each added 5 points.
Hood River won the JV game 31-23 behind 16 points by Melissa Bramlett, 5 points by Erin Costello and 4 points each from Ariel Larson and Jessica Goe. The varsity team falls to 2-10 while the JV team improves to 5-7 on the year.