Photo by Ben Mitchell
THE HRV GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM played Pendleton Tuesday night and left Vannet Court still looking for their first league win. Above, Lauren Orr, who scored a team-high 13 points on a night where the post position was important for both teams, drives to the hoop.
As of Friday, February 17, 2017
The last time the HRV girls basketball team faced Pendleton, the Eagles were at the start of Columbia River Conference play, buoyed by a nonleague record of 6-4, with three of those four losses by five points or fewer. Though they did not beat the Buckaroos in their first meeting, they lost by three points, which was the most competitive game against a league opponent for the HRV girls in nearly five years.
The girls haven’t been that close to victory since, including in a rematch against Pendleton in Hood River Tuesday evening, where the Bucks (9-7, 5-1) pushed past the Eagles (6-9, 0-5) in the second half on their way to a decisive 53-37 victory.
Since missing the postseason is a near mathematical certainty for HRV at this point, Head Coach Donnie Herneisen would like to see his athletes play with the vigor they displayed in that first Pendleton game as they attempt to break the five-year streak of no league wins.
“With four games left to play, we’re still looking for that first win. We really haven’t played up to our potential since the first Pendleton game, so I’d like to see us get back to that,” he said. “We’ve lost a lot of our defensive toughness that we showed in the earlier part of the season, and our shooting has really taken a nosedive, especially in close to the basket. I’d really just like to see our overall competitiveness and consistency finish strong over the next week.”
Those issues were on full display Tuesday, when the Bucks outrebounded the Eagles 45-23, including a 17-5 advantage on offensive boards that allowed Pendleton numerous second-chance opportunities. Herneisen added his team was “out-muscled” down low, as Pendleton post Kalan McGlothan scored 17 points in the first half — as many as the Eagles scored as a team in the same amount of time.
“We may be the least physical team in the CRC, and our competitors have really taken advantage of that,” Herneisen noted.
The Eagles’ shooting struggles also continued, particularly inside the key, where the team went 9-for-30 (30 percent), though neither team shot well Tuesday night. The free throw line also didn’t do any favors for HRV as the team had seven attempts to Pendleton’s 18.
Lauren Orr was busy in the key for HRV Tuesday night, scoring a team-high 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting and collecting five rebounds. Emily Curtis was next with eight points and had a team-high four steals along with Ann Marie Goodman. Abby Kinoshita led the team with six rebounds and two blocks.
The team was scheduled to host Hermiston (11-9, 5-1) Friday evening in what will be HRV’s final home game of the season, then travel to The Dalles (7-10, 2-5) Tuesday at 7 p.m.