Horizon girls winning streak ends at three

Horizon girls basketball’s three-game winning streak ended on Tuesday, Jan. 30 on the road versus South Wasco County as the Hawks fell by a final score of 50-39. Fionna Marsalis (left) led the Hawks in scoring Tuesday with 19 points. Marsalis was one rebound shy of a double-double as she ended with nine.

Photo by RJ Chavez
Horizon girls basketball’s three-game winning streak ended on Tuesday, Jan. 30 on the road versus South Wasco County as the Hawks fell by a final score of 50-39. Fionna Marsalis (left) led the Hawks in scoring Tuesday with 19 points. Marsalis was one rebound shy of a double-double as she ended with nine.



Before the Horizon girls basketball team traveled to South Wasco County on Jan. 30, they were on a three-game league winning streak and had moved to third place in the 1A-6 Big Sky League standings.

But on Tuesday, that winning streak would come to a halt as the girls lost on the road to South Wasco County by a final score of 50-39.

The loss now ties them for third-place with Sherman, as both teams have 6-4 league records.

Against South Wasco County, the girls had the early advantage, up 10-9 at the end of the first quarter.

But an 18-point scoring outburst by South Wasco County put the Hawks down by seven points at halftime, 27-20.

The girls in the second-half were going to need to go on a run to get back into this game, but a 10-10 quarter in the third from both teams and a 13-9 advantage for South Wasco County in the fourth was not the recipe for success for the Hawks.

After the game, it’s clear that there were three major components into the Hawks 50-39 loss Tuesday night: shot selection, turnovers and personal fouls.

The girls shot 13-49 from the field, including 1-9 form the three-point line; these are field goal percentages of 26.5 and 11.1.

As a team, turnovers weren’t as high as they’ve been in past game as they ended with 13, but that’s enough to draw attention to.

The girls also finished with 16 total personal fouls, which gave South Wasco County plenty of opportunities at the free throw line.

Despite these struggles, the girls did, however, tally in nine total steals and shot 12-19 from the free throw line.

Only two girls for the Hawks were in double-digits scoring Tuesday night: Fionna Marsalis and Kaitlin Wenz.

Marsalis put up a team-high 19 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine.

Behind Marsalis in scoring was Wenz with 14 points. Wenz did, however, lead the team with 13 rebounds and had five steals and four assists.

Upcoming games:

The girls were at home Friday evening, Feb. 2 versus Ione (results unavailable at press time).

After Friday’s game, the girls travel to Mitchell on Saturday, Feb. 3 for a matchup with Mitchell/Spray.

There will be two more games remaining for the girls this season after Ione and Mitchell/Spray, one on the road in Condon on Feb. 9, and the other at home against Sherman on Feb. 10.



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