By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
March 10, 2007
HRVHS girls’ basketball fans can look forward to new faces moving into key roles for the Eagles next season.
The team’s top two scorers, seniors Meredith Danko and Brianne Rowley, are both departing, and younger players will have some big shoes to fill.
Danko was named to the Mount Hood Conference All League 2nd team and named the team’s MVP, while Rowley was named as the team’s best defensive player.
Coach Phil Hukari felt that even though the team finished 4-19, they had several chances in games to have a better record and played well against some tough teams.
“Four and 19 wasn’t great but we competed well,” he said.
Rachel Perry was honored as the varsity team’s most inspiration player, while on the junior varsity squad, Melissa Bramlett was named most valuable player, Andrea Bakurjian was named best defensive player and Sierra Geddis was named most inspirational.
On the freshman team, Amanda Miller and Alexandra Gifford were named co-MVPs, Danika Smith was named best defensive player and Kelli Elliot was named most inspirational.
Looking ahead to next year, Hukari is expecting point guard Meagan Clark to assume a larger leadership role, and is expecting big things from Perry and Audrey Mallon, two freshmen who saw significant playing time with the varsity team. He will also be relying on Bramlett to help fill the hole left by Rowley’s departure.
Danko led the team in nearly every offensive catagory, finishing with 125 total field goals made, 333 total points and a 14.5 points per game average. She was also second on the team with a 69 percent free throw percentage.
“We had one girl (Danko) to look to to score and now we will have to find someone else,” Hukari said.
The team’s season was highlighted by a first round upset of McKay in a tournament in Albany this season, and even though the team had some tough losses down the stretch, Hukari was impressed that his team never gave up.
“We had a great bunch of girls,” he said. “It would have been easy for them to quit but we never saw any of that.”