Photo by Ben Mitchell
EMILY CURTIS (above left, white jersey), who led HRV with seven points, cuts around Hermiston’s Shaelynn Gilbert during Thursday’s game with the Bulldogs.
As of Friday, January 27, 2017
The HRV girls and boys basketball teams both suffered their second league losses of the season on Thursday night, but in different fashions.
The girls dropped to .500 overall with a 55-25 loss to Hermiston (8-8, 2-0 Columbia River Conference) in Hood River Thursday evening in what was their worst defeat of the season. The Eagles, coming off a close contest with Pendleton, were never in the game against the Bulldogs, with HRV Head Coach Donnie Herneisen noting that Hermiston “took an early lead and never looked back.”
Offense was hard to come by in what was HRV’s lowest-scoring game of the season and the Eagles’ lowest-scoring game against a league opponent since Feb. 10, 2015, when HRV lost 79-24 to the Bulldogs. Sophomore Emily Curtis scored over a quarter of the team’s points, leading with seven.
The boys had a similar result, but had a much more competitive game on the road that same evening, losing to Hermiston 69-61. HRV’s top scorers JJ Mears and Dakota Kurahara did their jobs, scoring 20 and 16 points respectively, but it wasn’t quite enough to get what would have been a major upset of the seventh-ranked Bulldogs (12-4, 2-0). Trenton Hough and Erik Siekkinen also had good nights with seven points apiece.
The Eagles (5-9, 0-2) came out fast in the first, winning the opening tip and scoring in what was a high scoring quarter that ended with HRV up 19-17. Hermiston got the upper hand in the second quarter and entered the half with a 36-30 advantage. HRV’s defense allowed the team to hang around in the second half, but couldn’t overtake the Bulldogs again.
“We played intense basketball,” said HRV Head Coach Christopher Dirks. “The guys worked hard in practice this week and it showed on the court. We plan to keep the intensity up the rest of the season.”
Both teams will host The Dalles Tuesday; the boys play at 5:30 p.m. and the girls play at 7. Both Riverhawks teams have struggled this season: The Dalles boys are 2-8 with no league wins and the girls are 4-6, also with no league wins.