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PREP ROUNDUP: Hermiston’s efforts squashed late in the game

East Oregonian

Published on December 19, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on December 19, 2017 10:38PM


HERMISTON — Before the Hermiston-Clackamas matchup Tuesday evening, head coach Juan Rodriguez knew it would be a tough one.

The Cavaliers came into town ranked No. 1 in Class 6A with a high-powered offense that features Divison-1 talent, and it showed as the clock was winding down in the final quarter. But for the first 24 or so minutes, Hermiston put up a fight before ultimately falling 60-42.

“I was very happy with their execution, especially defensively,” head coach Juan Rodriguez said. “That team is very good in many aspects and I think for three quarters we kind of — not necessary neutralized them — but we made them hit tough shots.”

The Bulldogs (1-6) held their own against the Cavs (4-0) before getting handed the 60-42.

When the teams took the court, Clackamas immediately found its rhythm. After an 8-1 run, the Bulldogs began chipping away at the early deficit they found themselves in.

Hermiston was within five points after the first quarter, trailing 16-11. And thanks to a 3-pointer off the hands of sophomore Jazlyn Romero as time expired, the Bulldogs entered the half down by only three points, 26-23.

The Bulldogs began to catch up with the Cavs after a couple of Clackamas mistakes and a great defensive effort from freshman Paige Palzinski off the bench. But as the game went on, Hermiston tired and Clackamas was just getting started.

“In the fourth quarter, their depth showed and that’s why they are a good team,” Rodriguez said. “They have girls that can come off the bench and their quality doesn’t drop off as much so they should take that forward and even though losing again is not ideal, when you play a team of that caliber and you play so well, there’s a lot of good things to take from it.”

Leading Hermiston was senior Hannah Thompson with 12 points. Romero chipped in 11 and Palzinski got seven of her own.

For Clackamas, junior Kalani Hayes finished with a game-best 20 points and got some help from senior Elly Bankofier, who added 17 to the scoreboard.

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CHS 16 10 16 17 — 60

HHS 11 12 11 8 — 42

CLACKAMAS — K. Hayes 20, E. Bankofier 17, A. Miura 7, C. James 4, B. Phiakahmngon 4, O. Morris 3, M. Huynh 2, S. Duarte 2.

HERMISTON — H. Thompson 12, J. Romero 11, P. Palzinski 7, J. Thomas 7, M. Wilson 4.

3-pointers — CHS 2, HHS 5. Free throws — CHS 11-17, HHS 3-17. Fouls — CHS 17, HHS 19.

STANFIELD 53, IMBLER 40 — The Stanfield Tigers finally got their break, and picked up their first win of the season Tuesday. On the road, sophomore Kendra Hart led the team in its 53-40 over Imbler.

Hart tallied a game-high 23 points. Senior Jessica Wallace also chipped in 10 points, the only other Tiger to score in double digits.

“Kendra Hart had a great game tonight,” head coach Daniel Sharp said. “It was also nice to see other people score.”

Stanfield was able to move the ball well against the host team, and defensively the Tigers (1-10) were just as solid.

Hart racked up five steals against the Panthers (2-5), and sophomore Savannah Sharp had a good outing, grabbing 10 rebounds and adding nine points to Stanfield’s total.

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SHS 17 11 13 12 — 53

IHS 15 13 8 13 — 49

STANFIELD — K. Hart 23, J. Wallace 10, S. Sharp 9, A. Griffin 7, A. Carrillo 2, C. Blankenship 2.

IMBLER — H. Kilpatrick 18, C. McGinness 16, T. McKaig 10, G. Smith 4, K. Barry 1.

3-pointers — SHS 3, IHS 2. Free throws — SHS 4-12, IHS 11-19. Fouls — SHS 21, IHS 15.

RIVERSIDE 52, WHITE SALMON 25 — Riverside defended its home court and improved its record to four straight wins after a 52-25 victory over White Salmon (WA).

Led by junior Alondra Caldera, who scored 15 points, the Pirates (7-2) dominated their competition.

Riverside held White Salmon to single digits in every quarter, and the Bruins (3-3) only landed one shot in the first eight minutes.

Along with Caldera’s impressive performance, she also notched seven steals. Fellow junior Brendy Avalos pitched in six steals and nine points on the night.

For White Salmon, senior Kathirin Hylton led the squad with six points.

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RHS 14 14 14 10 — 52

WS 2 9 6 8 — 25

RIVERSIDE — A. Caldera 15, S. Wightman 11, Br. Avalos 9, M. Hegar 7, E. Daltoso 3, A. Hernandez 2, Bi. Avalos 2, E. Robles 2, C. Garcia 1.

WHITE SALMON — K. Hylton 6, Y. Nunez-Cordoba 5, H. Pulido 4, A. Sampson 4, G. Vaughan 2, S. Tardiff 2, N. Humphrey 2.

3-pointers — RHS 5, WS 2. Free throws — RHS 5-10, WS 1-2. Fouls — RHS 6, WS 14.

HEPPNER 56, ECHO 50 — At Echo, Morgan Correa and Jacee Currin scored 13 points apiece to lead the Heppner Mustangs to another non-league victory, this time taking down the Echo Cougars on Tuesday.

Correa added eight rebounds with her points and Currin grabbed four boards and also had two assists. Madison Combe and Sophie Grant each added eight points for the Mustangs (6-2).

Tylene Skillman paced the Cougars (3-5) with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds, while Marti Huff had 14 points and 15 boards and Rachel McCarty had 10 points and five assists.

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HHS 15 14 16 11 — 56

ECHO 12 14 8 16 — 50

HEPPNER — M. Correa 13, J. Currin 13, M. Combe 8, S. Grant 8, M. Nichols 7, S. Wilson 5, M. Ashbeck 2.

ECHO — T. Skillman 15, M. Huff 14, R. McCarty 10, A. Putnam 4, L. Cox 3, B. MacPherson 2, E. Brown 2.

3-pointers — HHS 0, ECHO 0. Free throws — HHS 12-21, ECHO 10-20. Fouls — HHS 18, ECHO 16.

PILOT ROCK 44, UMATILLA 26 — At Umatilla, Pilot Rock’s Grace Austin was dominant with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help her Rockets take down the Vikings on Tuesday night.

The Rockets (7-3) trailed 11-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Austin and the Rockets took over from there, outscoring Umatilla 36-15 over the final three quarters. Kayla Deist added 10 points for Pilot Rock.

Lauryn Journot led the Vikings (3-6) with 15 points.

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PR 8 13 11 12 — 44

UHS 11 6 8 1 — 26

PILOT ROCK — G. Austin 18, K. Deist 10, S. Weinke 5, B. Howland 4, B. Baleztina 4, K. Evans 3, M. Sutherland, A. Aguilar, L. Brewer.

UMATILLA — L. Journot 15, C. Alvarez 5, N. Ortiz 3, K. Lorence 2, W. Ortiz 1.

3-pointers — PR 2, UHS 4. Free throws — PR 12-16, UHS 2-10. Fouls — PR 9, UHS 15.

IRRIGON 67, MAC-HI 26 — At Milton-Freewater, the Irrigon Knights earned their ninth win of the season with a dominant performance against the Mac-Hi Pioneers on Tuesday.

Kylie Wyant scored a game-high 20 points for the Knights (9-1) while Alyia Munoz had 11 and Taylor Davis had 10. For the Pioneers (2-8), McKenna Yensen had 10 points and Brianna Hernandez had five.

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IHS 22 13 18 14 — 67

M-H 5 10 9 2 — 26

IRRIGON — K. Wyant 20, A. Munoz 11, T. Davis 10, N. Romero 8, J. Burns 5, B. Rice 5, A. Zacarias 4, M. Davis 2, O. Luna 2.

MAC-HI — M. Yensen 10, B. Hernandez 5, S. Earls 3, B. Jones 3, H. Hair 2, Castillo 2, Casillas 1.

3-pointers — IHS 3, M-H 3. Free throws — IHS 8-11, M-H 3-8. Fouls — IHS 7, M-H 9.

PENDLETON 60, SOUTH ALBANY 48 — At South Albany, the Pendleton Buckaroos snapped a three-game skid and set a new season-high in points with a win over South Albany on Tuesday evening.

The Buckaroos (2-5) next play at Putnam on Wednesday at Noon.

BOYS basketball

HEPPNER 58, ECHO 37 — At Echo, the Heppner Mustangs snapped a three-game skid with a big win over Echo on Tuesday night.

Wyatt Steagall led the Mustangs (3-5) with 12 points and nine rebounds and Hunter Nichols added 10 points and eight rebounds. Heppner shot 40 percent from the floor for the game.

Devan Craig led the Cougars (3-5) with nine points and Damien Curiel and Morgan Marcum each added six points.

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HHS 20 11 9 18 — 58

ECHO 2 12 15 8 — 37

HEPPNER — W. Steagall 12, H. Nichols 10, J. McAninch 9, G. McCurry 8, T. Smith 7, B. Wolters 5, L. Burright 3, A. Lindsay 2, T. Carter 2.

ECHO — D. Craig 9, D. Curiel 6, M. Marcum 6, C. Conner 4, Z. Gerhke 4, T. Mulder 3, C. White 3, J. Medrano 2.

3-pointers — HHS 4, ECHO 5. Free throws — HHS 8-12, ECHO 6-10. Fouls — HHS 9, ECHO 11.

UMATILLA 59, PILOT ROCK 33 — At Umatilla, the Vikings topped the Pilot Rock Rockets for the second time this season with a 59-33 victory on Tuesday night.

Sebastian Garcia hit three 3-pointers and led the Vikings (7-1) with a game-high 13 points, while Trent Durfey had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Seth Cranston added 10 points. Chris Weinke led the Rockets with 12 points and Bryson Pierce had eight.

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PR 5 16 6 6 — 33

UHS 16 16 10 17 — 59

PILOT ROCK — C. Weinke 12, B. Pierce 8, R. Lankford 5, P. Thurman 3, L. Thieme 3, L. Weinke 1, S. Harp 1.

UMATILLA — S. Garcia 13, T. Durfey 11, S. Cranston 10, U. Garcia 8, C. DeLoera 8, K. Webb 6, J. Garcia 3.

3-pointers — PR 3, UHS 5. Free throws — PR 9-15, UHS 9-17. Fouls — PR 17, UHS 18.

WHITE SALMON 44, RIVERSIDE 32 — In Boardman, the Riverside Pirates fell 44-32 to a now streaking White Salmon.

The Bruins (4-2) were able to shut the Pirates (6-4) down in the first half. Riverside had yet to drop a game since it’s lost to Pilot Rock back in the first week of December.

The high school out of Columbia increased its win streak to three after the 12-point victory. Senior William Gross led the Bruins with 18 points.

For Riverside, senior Mason Hegar was the top scorer with 10 points. He also had 11 boards to go with his team-best performance.

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RHS 5 5 10 12 — 32

WS 14 10 11 9 — 44

RIVERSIDE — M. Hegar 10, J. Pena 5, C. Rea 3, F. Aparicio 3, A. Zeller 3, F. Barajas 2, B. Franco 2, T. Fye 2, M. Madrigal 2.

WHITE SALMON — W. Gross 18, K. Dean 7, L. Rowlen 6, R. Davis 6, T. Webster 3, J. Douthit 2, O. Kirkwood 2.

3-pointers — RHS 3, WS 2. Free throws — RHS 7-11, WS 14-19. Fouls — RHS 19, WS 13.

STANFIELD 40, IMBLER 38 — At Imbler, the Stanfield Tigers evened their record to .500 on Tuesday night as they edged out the Imbler Panthers for a two-point victory.

The Tigers (6-6) next play at Irrigon on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.



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