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Second half surge carries Hawk boys past Trout Lake

Jan. 8, 2011

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Matt Totaro flies through a cluster of Trout Lake defenders on his way to the basket for two of his 15 points Tuesday night.

After another slow start, the Horizon Christian boys basketball team cranked up the tempo in the second half to easily put away Trout Lake-Glenwood (Wash.) 64-46 Tuesday night in Hood River. "We started passing the ball well and moving well," junior Sam Anthony said. "We just needed to calm down." Anthony helped lead the charge in a surge that saw the Hawks go from down three at the end of the first quarter, up six at halftime to up by 12 at the end of three quarters. The 6-foot-3 post scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, including a three-pointer to finish the performance, and teamed with Matt Totaro (15 points) and Evan Bergstrom (five points) to give the Hawks a steady inside presence in the second half. "We had good interior passing tonight," Horizon coach Darrin Lingel said of what allowed the Hawks to take over the game in the paint in the second half. Lingel said he looked at his team's shot chart at halftime and saw that they had dozens of shots inside the key but very few makes. Those easy misses combined with turnovers in transition attempts allowed Trout Lake to hang around for the first half. Passes to no one, missed lay-ups and confusion on defense in the first quarter would typically cause a team to make adjustments at halftime. Lingel saw no need, especially once his team began to clamp down defensively in the second quarter. "To get to where we need to be we just have to be better defensively," he said. The Hawks then got the game in hand with a 12-4 to open the third quarter. That run was capped by Anthony making a terrific play in transition where he ran down a long pass from Max Totaro that seemingly was going to go out of bounds with no one near it. Anthony sprinted from half court to catch up to the ball and flung a no-look pass to teammate Johannes Decker, who put in an open basket. "We just seem to come out strong in the third quarter; that's been our deal," Lingel said. With their first back-to-back games this weekend, both the coach and his players hope that they come out in the first quarter like they have been in the third. "We came out soft," Anthony said. "We need to work on our first-half intensity." After another slow start, the Horizon Christian boys basketball team cranked up the tempo in the second half to easily put away Trout Lake-Glenwood (Wash.) 64-46 Tuesday night in Hood River. "We started passing the ball well and moving well," junior Sam Anthony said. "We just needed to calm down." Anthony helped lead the charge in a surge that saw the Hawks go from down three at the end of the first quarter, up six at halftime to up by 12 at the end of three quarters. The 6-foot-3 post scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, including a three-pointer to finish the performance, and teamed with Matt Totaro (15 points) and Evan Bergstrom (five points) to give the Hawks a steady inside presence in the second half. "We had good interior passing tonight," Horizon coach Darrin Lingel said of what allowed the Hawks to take over the game in the paint in the second half. Lingel said he looked at his team's shot chart at halftime and saw that they had dozens of shots inside the key but very few makes. Those easy misses combined with turnovers in transition attempts allowed Trout Lake to hang around for the first half. Passes to no one, missed lay-ups and confusion on defense in the first quarter would typically cause a team to make adjustments at halftime. Lingel saw no need, especially once his team began to clamp down defensively in the second quarter. "To get to where we need to be we just have to be better defensively," he said. The Hawks then got the game in hand with a 12-4 to open the third quarter. That run was capped by Anthony making a terrific play in transition where he ran down a long pass from Max Totaro that seemingly was going to go out of bounds with no one near it. Anthony sprinted from half court to catch up to the ball and flung a no-look pass to teammate Johannes Decker, who put in an open basket. "We just seem to come out strong in the third quarter; that's been our deal," Lingel said. With their first back-to-back games this weekend, both the coach and his players hope that they come out in the first quarter like they have been in the third. "We came out soft," Anthony said. "We need to work on our first-half intensity." n In the Horizon girls game the Hawks led by three points after three quarters before Trout Lake's Elizabeth Vogt turned in a dominant fourth quarter to lead the Mustang-Eagles to a 45-39 victory. Vogt scored 21 of her game-high 25 points in the second half. Vogt fouled out with 3:56 to play in the game, but by that point the damage was done and the Mustang-Eagles led by eight points. "We were trying everything," Horizon coach Stan Perkins said of trying to stop Vogt. "Our goal was to get her those fouls." The Hawks played with foul troubles of their own in the fourth quarter, losing Dominique Figueroa and Kaitie Tolbert to the foul limit. They also lost leading scorer M'Randa Aldrich for an extended stretch in the second half with an injury. Aldrich gave the Hawks some hope in the final minutes, scoring their final eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, but Horizon could not make up a two-possession deficit in the closing seconds. Aldrich led the Hawks with 13 points. Even though his team lost, Perkins was impressed with the progress he saw since the last time his team played Trout Lake, a loss on Dec. 14. "I feel like compared to when we played them a few weeks ago we've improved quite a bit," he said. "Our confidence has improved the last couple of weeks."

• In the Horizon girls game the Hawks led by three points after three quarters before Trout Lake's Elizabeth Vogt turned in a dominant fourth quarter to lead the Mustang-Eagles to a 45-39 victory. Vogt scored 21 of her game-high 25 points in the second half. Vogt fouled out with 3:56 to play in the game, but by that point the damage was done and the Mustang-Eagles led by eight points. "We were trying everything," Horizon coach Stan Perkins said of trying to stop Vogt. "Our goal was to get her those fouls." The Hawks played with foul troubles of their own in the fourth quarter, losing Dominique Figueroa and Kaitie Tolbert to the foul limit. They also lost leading scorer M'Randa Aldrich for an extended stretch in the second half with an injury. Aldrich gave the Hawks some hope in the final minutes, scoring their final eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, but Horizon could not make up a two-possession deficit in the closing seconds. Aldrich led the Hawks with 13 points. Even though his team lost, Perkins was impressed with the progress he saw since the last time his team played Trout Lake, a loss on Dec. 14. "I feel like compared to when we played them a few weeks ago we've improved quite a bit," he said. "Our confidence has improved the last couple of weeks.".

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