Friday, January 13, 2012/lk
While the year has changed on the calendar, not much has changed in what the Horizon Christian boys basketball team has been doing to its opponents.
Playing their first game in nine days, the Hawks blasted Central Christian 70-28 Friday night and followed that up with a 85-45 thrashing of Nixyaawii in Nixyaawii Saturday.
Against Central Christian the game was pretty much all but over minutes after tipoff as the Hawks ran out to a 30-4 lead.
During that stretch one Central Christian assistant coach was ejected for arguing and head coach Dan Poet received a technical foul.
With the margin already equal to the total amount of points they would score in the game, there was not much the Lions could do to hang with the Hawks the rest of the way.
Ten Horizon players scored in the game, with Matt Totaro leading all scorers with 19 points.
The after getting up 5-2 to open the game, the Hawks went on a 22-1 run over the remainder of the first quarter and had the game well in hand midway through the second quarter, as his team stretched the gap to 30-4, Horizon coach Darrin Lingel emptied the bench, with the starters seeing limited action the rest of the way.
The Hawks got off to a bit of a slower start in the game Saturday, leading by one point after the first quarter, but the end result was the same.
Matt Totaro again led the way with 14 points, while Sam Anthony added 12. Anthony punctuated the win with a reverse dunk off an alley-oop pass from Max Totaro in the second half.
Since losing at Ione in their league-opener Dec. 16, the Hawks have reeled off five straight wins, all by more than 20 points.
"We learned from that loss," said Lingel. "I don't think they'll forget that."
Assistant coach Mike Totaro said the Ione loss also showed the Hawks that every cog in the team matters after they played that game without starting center Jake Wells.
"It really helped them realize what guys like Jake bring to the team," he said.
The Hawks now enter a key stretch of their schedule which will likely determine if they grab the Big Sky West title at the end of the season. After hosting Arlington Tuesday, they host Dufur Friday, play at 11-3 Echo Saturday and then host 12-2 Sherman Jan. 17.
Hawk girls snap skid with convincing win
After dropping four straight road games over the winter break, the Horizon Christian girls team wanted to get back in the win column on its home floor Friday night.
The Hawks did just that by playing one of their most complete games of the season with a 39-23 win over Central Christian
The Hawks built a 23-4 lead midway through the first half using a tenacious full-court press which forced the Tigers into numerous turnovers.
Freshman Trista Hicks was credited with six of the Hawks' 10 steals in the game as the Tigers turned the ball over 30 times.
On the offensive end of the floor the Hawks used rapid ball movement to create shots, with Dominique Figueroa finishing as the leading scorer with 11 points, nine of which came off three-pointers.
"That felt good," Figueroa said. "I had a bunch at Central Christian too, so I just stepped up to the line, had confidence and hit the threes."
Three of the four losses for the Hawks over the break came to teams that made the state playoffs last year and coach Stan Perkins said his team has grown from the experience.
"It's been enlightening to see some of the players stepping up," he said. "We have a lot of competition going further down our depth chart."
While the Hawks snapped the losing streak against the Tigers, they could not keep pace against Nixyaawii on Saturday as the Golden Eagles won 50-37.
McKenzie Mellow led the Hawks with 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, while M'Randa Aldrich added nine points and Alyssa Bryan six points.