Photo by RJ Chavez
Horizon girls basketball opens 1A-6 Big Sky League competition with two wins after beating Arlington and Dufur last week. Against Dufur, senior wing Alexis Ruiz was the X-factor in the girls 42-38 win. Ruiz hit six straight free throws at the end of the game to secure the win at home.
As of Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Horizon girls basketball team closed out non-league play on the road against Klickitat/Glenwood and won by a final score of 53-44.
The win on Jan. 3 moved the Hawks to 3-6 on the season before heading to Arlington on Jan. 5 to start 1A-6 Big Sky League competition.
The girls had no problem in their league opener as they dominated Arlington, winning by a final score of 52-19.
The 33-point difference was the largest margin of victory for the Hawks this year.
The Hawks moved to 4-6 overall and 1-0 in league play. The victory also put the girls on a two-game winning streak heading into their home league opener versus Dufur on Jan. 6.
Dufur was 4-5 on the season and on a two-game losing streak.
For the entirety of the first half between Horizon and Dufur, neither team was able to get anything going offensively.
Both teams combined for 23 first half points and Dufur, despite being down to Horizon for a majority of the first two quarters, was able to edge out the Hawks for the early first half lead as they went into halftime up 12-11.
It seemed that after the first half of play, whichever team hit 20 points first would walk out of the gym with the victory.
But both teams were able to turn things around in the third quarter on the offensive end, especially the Hawks.
Horizon came out of halftime and scored four quick points to regain the lead they had held for much of the first half.
With six minutes left in the third, the Hawks were up 16-12.
However, Dufur would respond to the Hawks’ 4-0 run to open the third with a 5-0 scoring run of their own to take the lead back from the Hawks, 17-16.
But a three-pointer from junior Marena Decker for the Hawks would stop the Dufur scoring run and give the Hawks back the lead.
On the next defensive possession, junior guard Kaitlin Wenz came up with a steal and took it all the way to the other end of the court to counter Dufur’s 5-0 run with a Hawks 5-0 scoring run, giving Horizon the 21-17 lead.
Wenz continued to harass the guards in Horizon’s 2-3 zone defense and came up with another steal on the very next possession, which once again led to a bucket on the other end.
With 3:30 left in the third quarter, the Hawks were up 23-17 on a 7-0 scoring run.
Before the start of the fourth, the Hawks would go on another 5-0 scoring run and led 28-21 heading into the fourth.
After only 11 total points in the first half, the Hawks exploded for 16 points in the third quarter, compared to Dufur’s nine.
In the fourth, the Hawks continued to scorch Dufur on the offensive end and three-minutes in, Horizon had scored eight points, including back-to-back threes from senior Alexis Ruiz to push the Hawks lead to 36-28.
Dufur would close in on the Hawks and make things interesting at the end, but Horizon’s eight-point lead with under four minutes left in the game and Ruiz’s ability to knock down clutch free throws, 6-6 in the final two minutes, ultimately helped the Hawks in route to their 42-38 win.
The win over Dufur pushes the Hawks to 2-0 in league play and 5-6 overall.
Horizon, currently on a three-game winning streak, heads to Ione on Friday, Jan. 12 for their next matchup. The next home game for the girls is Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. versus Mitchell.