Tuesday, January 18, 2011/lk
Another bad quarter did in the Hood River Valley boys basketball team Thursday night against Pendleton.
The Buckaroos turned an 11-point halftime advantage into a 25-point gap by the end of the third quarter after they outscored the Eagles 17-3 in the frame, allowing them to cruise to a 73-53 win over HRV at Vannet Court.
"If I had it figured out we probably wouldn't have that problem," HRV coach Zach Pauls said when asked what the Eagles could do to avoid stretches of bad play.
In their league opener last Friday the Eagles were outscored 15-4 by Hermiston in the first quarter before battling back in a seven-point loss.
Justin Schultz led the HRV scoring against Pendleton with 20 points, while Ryan Wheat added 10.
Darius Polhaus led Pendleton with 25 points while Brian Beard added 18 points and nine rebounds.
"We let our offense dictate our defense," Pauls said, noting that when the Eagles struggled offensively they then lost containment of the Buckaroos on the defensive end.
The Eagles were scheduled to host The Dalles-Wahtonka Friday night, and Pauls was not concerned with rivalry bragging rights, he just wanted to see his team get a win and get back on the right track after losing eight straight.
"It's really important for us to get some confidence," he said. "Hopefully we can put it together, get a win and use it as a springboard for us."
Playing in Pendleton, the HRV girls evened their conference record with a 58-37 win.
"We were just really solid the whole game," HRV coach Tom Ames said. "It was a real blue collar effort for us."
The Eagles had three scorers in double digits, with Angie Titus leading the way with 19 and Emily Ing and Logan Bailey adding 12 each. Jaci Bryant also contributed eight for the Eagles.
Ames said the difference maker was his team limiting its turnovers.
"Our on-site stats showed us with nine, and I'm not sure if that's right," he said. "But either way, it was way down."
• Playing at Arlington Tuesday, the Horizon Hawk boys dominated the Honkers with a 66-29 win. Sam Anthony scored 19 points for the Hawks with Matt Totaro adding 14. The Horizon girls also won, beating Arlington 40-28. Horizon was scheduled to play at Dufur Friday and then host Echo tonight.