As of Friday, January 8, 2016
The HRV girls basketball team got a much-needed win Wednesday evening in Salem, where a stout Eagles defense more than made up for a lackluster offense, helping HRV defeat the McKay Scots, 26-21.
The win was the first for the Eagles (2-8) over an Oregon team this season, who took advantage of the struggling 6A Royal Scots (2-8) — a team that has only averaged 21 points per game this season — to snap a five-game losing streak. The victory was all the more important as HRV will spend five of its next six games on the road.
“It felt great to finally get a win against an Oregon team, and a win on the road as well,” said HRV Head Coach Scott Walker. “We played a great game defensively and offensively we got all of the shots we wanted.”
The two teams were originally supposed to face each other Tuesday night, but the game was pushed back a day due to inclement weather present in both the I-5 Corridor and the Gorge. The Eagles only put up eight points of offense in the first quarter, but almost completely shut down McKay, preventing the Scots from scoring any field goals and only giving up a single free throw to go up 8-1. HRV’s defense faltered in the second quarter, “giving up some open looks” to the Scots, who scored 13 points to HRV’s six, resulting in the two teams entering the half knotted up at 14-14.
A dismal third quarter produced only two points for each team, but the Eagles finished things off with their best quarter of the game, pulling away to score 10 points while limiting McKay to half as many to secure the win.
It was a poor shooting night for the Eagles, who only made 11 of their 53 attempts from the field, went 4-for-17 from the foul line, and missed all six attempts from beyond the arc, but it was enough to defeat the Scots, who were only able to put together one solid quarter Wednesday night.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well — 21 percent from the field and 24 percent from the free throw line — but our offensive rebounding (15 total) and our defensive pressure made up for the missed shots,” Walker noted.
Leading the scoring for HRV once again was senior wing Marlie Bloomster, who, after being sidelined with an illness in HRV’s 39-22 loss against Kelso, Wash., Jan. 2, put up 12 points and collected seven rebounds. Lauren Orr also had a good game with a team-high eight boards and was second in scoring for the Eagles with six points, as well as tallying HRV’s lone assist of the night.
In other categories, Abby Kinoshita and Kassidy Davidson led the Eagles in steals with two apiece, while Abby Walker led in blocks, with two total.
Minus the second quarter, Walker said HRV “played a good defensive game,” tallying seven steals, while only turning the ball over five times. He credited the play of guards Davidson, Nia Lopez, Mykan Malone, and wing Emily Curtis for putting “a lot of pressure on (McKay’s) guards, which is always a big part of our game plan.”
The Eagles will look to get back-to-back wins for the first time this season this Saturday when they face another 6A team, the Jefferson High School Democrats (3-5), at 7 p.m. at Madison High School in Portland. HRV will then host Heritage, Wash., on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., for what will be the Eagles’ last home game until a Feb. 5 contest against Columbia River Conference rival Pendleton. HRV starts its CRC schedule Jan. 22 with a road game against the Pendleton Buckaroos at 7 p.m.