Home court disadvantage: TDW sweeps HRV hops in Hood River

Jan. 19, 2011


Angie Titus of HRV looks for an open teammates against The Dalles.

It was a good night to be an Eagle-Indian and a bad third quarter to be an Eagle. Faced with a large and mostly hostile crowd, The Dalles-Wahtonka boys and girls basketball teams marched into Vannet court and dispatched their Gorge archrivals with a doubleheader sweep Friday night.

The TDW boys received strong games from Branden Young and Cody Crane, with 22 and 15 points respectively, and pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 78-68.

The TDW girls turned a seven-point halftime deficit into a four-point lead by the end of the third quarter following a 16-5 run and then held off HRV to 55-49.

The Eagle boys lost despite having three players score in double digits. Justin Schultz had 20 to lead the Eagles, while Chris Dirks had 18 points and Ryan Wheat added 14.

Schultz also proved the play of the game, when he blocked a shot, stole the ball and then banked in a three-quarter-court heave to end the third quarter and pull the Eagles to within 58-54 at the time.

"I got lucky, kind of," Schultz said of the shot.

The Eagles hung with TDW for the part of the fourth, with Schultz getting them within 70-64 with his third three-pointer with 3:45 to play. However he fouled out on a charge call 1:08 later. Bailey eventually put the game out of reach when he put TDW up by 10 on a backdoor-cut lay-up with 1:20 to play.

"Our defense," TDW coach Bob Townsend said of what allowed his team to put HRV away in the second half. "Allowing 39 first-half points is too many to any team. With these high school kids, if you get a couple stops the momentum just turns."

After trailing by two at the half, the Eagle-Indians opened the third quarter with a 13-4 run to gain command of the game. The only time HRV truly threatened to make a run came on Schultz's bomb at the end of the quarter, but TDW regained the momentum to start the fourth.

"We got in the huddle and a couple of seniors told the team not to worry because we would have the first possession," Townsend said.

The Eagles, meanwhile, were left to wonder what might have been after suffering their ninth straight loss and being swept in the first round of league play.

"They got some easy looks off turnovers," HRV coach Zach Pauls said. "That's something we need to stress is turnovers."

Pauls said it was tough to find something to hold onto for the team right now.

"Losing is still wearing on them," he said. "It's tough to point out the positives right now."

Schultz said the whole team needs to play more focused and better.

"We can play with anyone in this league if we play hard," he said.

In the late game it was the HRV girls' turn to have one bad quarter send them to a loss.

After looking like they were on the verge of taking over the game at halftime, the team came out flat in the third quarter and the Eagle-Indians took advantage - Emily Bailey in particular.

With the HRV defense slow to react, Bailey scored eight of her 14 points in the quarter.

"We just kind of stood around and looked tired," HRV coach Tom Ames said of how his team came out in the second half. "Then we didn't score for awhile."

The Eagles had dominated for most of the first half, starting with a bang on a Logan Bailey three-pointer and culminating with Angie Titus tossing two players to the floor while grabbing a rebound - and getting a foul called on one of them.

"Angie Titus is a beast," TDW coach Dan Telles said.

Titus led the Eagles with a game-high 25 points with Emily Ing adding 12.

The Eagle-Indians had four players in double figures, led by Bailey's 14. Leah Willson and Sydney Hege each had 11 and Anndria North added 10.

After the Eagles fell behind entering the fourth, Titus again took over.

She accounted for 10 of 13 HRV points in the quarter and was within a hair of completely taking the game over before HRV began firing up desperation three-pointers when trailing by three with two minutes to play.

The Eagle-Indians also caught two breaks in the final minutes when the Eagles tipped two passes on the same possession but could not come up with a steal when a bucket would have made it a one-possession game.

"We just focused on our defense and taking away Angie," Telles said. "We just wanted to contain the damage."

On the HRV side, Ames was at a loss to explain what happened during the disastrous third quarter.

"I don't know what happened," he said. "We had our chances."

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