HRV girls impress against La Grande, but unable to keep it going against Madras

HRV Girls basketball is currently 1-2 this season and last Friday in their win over La Grande, Emily Curtis and the Eagles combined for 62 points.

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HRV Girls basketball is currently 1-2 this season and last Friday in their win over La Grande, Emily Curtis and the Eagles combined for 62 points.

The HRV girls basketball bounced back from their home loss to Sandy in their season opener with a first round 62-56 win in the Madras Tournament over La Grande on Friday, Dec. 1.

“It was a great game for us offensively and defensively,” said Head Coach Donnie Herneisen. “The girls were moving well without the ball, finding each other in good position and hitting open shots.”

The biggest difference from this game compared to their first game was hitting open shots.

In both games, the girls have shown a great knowledge for spacing and moving without the ball to get open looks at the rim, and against La Grande they were able to cash in on their opportunities at the hoop.

No one was able to cash in more so at the hoop then senior guard Hannah McNerney.

Of the 30 first half points for the Eagles, McNerney had 18 and the Eagles went into halftime up by six.

In the second half, La Grande switched their defense around to account for McNerney.

But the added focus on McNerney led to both Emily Curtis and Lauren Orr stepping up on the offensive end and carrying the Eagles in scoring in the second half.

However, down the stretch, La Grande made a big run and cut into the Eagles lead.

“But lots of girls stepped up with buckets and made clutch free throws to seal the win,” said Herneisen. “We got contributions from everyone on the court. It was an intense game, very exciting to get that first win of the season.”

At 1-1 on the season and a win in the opening round of the Madras tournament, the girls would play the home team in the championship game.

Madras in their first game of the tournament beat Redmond by a score of 55-42.

And against the Eagles, they didn’t have many problems, either, coming out with the win as they pulled away with a 59-30 victory over HRV last Saturday.

“It seemed like everything that went well for us on Friday night was gone on Saturday against Madras,” said Herneisen. “We struggled to shoot from everywhere on the court, even though we had a major size advantage.”

The girls opened this game down 4-13 at the end of the first quarter and it didn’t get much better in the second quarter as they put up seven points to Madras’ 16.

At halftime, Madras was up 29-11.

“Madras was much quicker than us and really pushed us,” said Herneisen. “We struggled to keep pace with their pressure and aggressive, swarming defense.”

Madras would go on and outscore HRV in the third and fourth quarters by a total of 30-19.

“I think if we get to play that game on our home court, without the intense game the night before, we have a much more favorable performance,” said Herneisen.

“But that’s just basketball and tournament play.”

With the 59-30 loss to Madras, the Eagles are now 1-2 on the season and played Heritage on Tuesday night at home (results not available at press time).

The Eagles end this week with a home game against Redmond on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

HRV opens next week with a road game on Tuesday, Dec. 12 against Gresham and the girls next tournament will be in Astoria Dec. 28-30 at the Vince Dulcich Memorial Tournament.

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