UMATILLA - With two of its regulars out of commission and the rust of a 10-day layoff, the Pilot Rock girls' basketball team still found enough ways to score and played stifling defense to beat the Umatilla Vikings 40-37 Monday.
Picking up the slack without point guard Jessica Wallis, the Rockets (6-0) scored points on the break and by cracking the Umatilla (4-2) press. No pair were bigger for the Rockets than Brittany Doherty (19 points) and Elizabeth Willingham (10 points) in that effort.
"Our shots weren't falling (in the first half) but we had to keep shooting," said Doherty, who picked up a double double with a game-high 15 rebounds. "In the post we had to get in there and get the rebounds. The shots weren't falling, so we pushed as hard as we could. We kept playing defense and pushed harder and harder and we came through."
The Vikings definitely felt the effects of the layoff, according to coach Scott Bow. Fatigue was evident in the very first quarter as the team hasn't even practiced since last Wednesday and showed in a dreary shooting night that also saw the Vikings go 5 of 22 from the free throw line.
Sophomore Kassie Kennedy was about the only Umatilla shooter hitting her shot on a regular basis. Kennedy scored 14 points to lead the team, doubling the next highest output of seven points by Jessica Vandever.
PILOT ROCK 8 31217 - 40
UMATILLA 7 3 1116 - 37
PILOT ROCK (6-0) - Brittany Doherty 19, Elizabeth Willingham 10, Erika Drake 6, Amylee Perrine 4, Renee Mulcare 1, Kylee Jensen, Ashley Gambill.
UMATILLA (4-2) - Kassie Kennedy 14, Jessica Vandever 7, Naomi Castanon 4, Ashley Vandever 4, Catherine Routson 3, Lindsey Harris 2, Kaitlin Kennedy 2, Brittney Quintana 1, Michelle Mendoza, Katelynn Cranston, Kellie Hodges, Shannon Aldred.
3-point field goals - Pilot Rock 0, Umatilla 2. Free throws - Pilot Rock 20-30, Umatilla 5-22. Fouls - Pilot Rock 21, Umatilla 22. Fouled out - Willingham (Pilot Rock).