IONE?— The Ione Cardinals got stronger the deeper they went into Tuesday’s nonconference boys’ basketball game against Irrigon.

Ione led Irrigon by just one point after the first quarter before steamrolling to a 21-point victory 72-51.

The game’s turning point was a 26-10 second-quarter Ione run largely sparked by its half court press after Irrigon held within a point after one quarter.

“That half court press created problems for them and kind of took them out of rhythm,” said coach Dennis Stefani.

Zac Orem scored a game-high 24 points for Ione, followed by Marco Juarez with 14 and Steven Holland with 10. The leading scorers for Irrigon were Francisco Nunez (22 points), Ernesto Aguilera (10 points) and Jose Romero (eight points).

Girls’ basketball

IONE 60, IRRIGON 43 — In Ione, Ione defeated Irrigon 60-43 without guards Makenna Ramos and Mary Rietmann on?Tuesday.

Shadow Kendrick picked up the Cardinals’ scoring slack with a game-high 24 points while claiming seven rebounds. JoAnna Patton had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Collette Cason scored 10 points and had eight steals.

“Defensively we put a lot of pressure on them in the first quarter and got a comfortable lead to carry,” coach Mike Garrett?said.

Irrigon’s Marissa Stanger shouldered her team’s scoring load with 17 points, and Nathalie Campos was the next leading Knights scorer at five points.

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