It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win nevertheless.
That was the sentiment after Tuesday’s Hood River Valley varsity girls basketball game at 5A PIL’s Benson High. The 45-35 win started sluggish for both teams, with only 11 total points scored in the entire first quarter. The Eagles won the game in the second and third quarters, outscoring Benson 29 points to 17 before getting outscored in the fourth 14-9.
“It was a very frustrating game for the girls and myself,” coach Tom Ames commented. “We never really got into flow and allowed Benson to hang around and be a threat.”
Ames noted low field goal percentages as a key factor in the disappointing numbers. The girls shot 12/60 from the field and 6/24 from three-point territory. He said turnovers and ball control was also a factor.
On a positive note, the team had more than 60 open shot attempts, which points to effective ball movement and positioning to get the shots.
“I think we’re still trying to get a feel for what ‘our game’ is,” he said. “We don’t really have a strong sense of what style, pace or mode fits us. It’s a process, and we’re learning about us, as individual players and as a team.”
The girls moved on to host Cleveland, also from the PIL, Friday night (results not available as of presstime). Next week the team hosts St. Helens on Tuesday and Franklin on Friday; both games start at 7 p.m.
The girls have plenty of time to find their groove before the league schedule starts; the first league game is Jan. 15 against Pendleton.