HEPPNER - The Hermiston freshmen girls basketball team defeated the Heppner junior varsity 44-26 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

The Bulldogs had a strong defensive effort, allowing no more that eight points in any quarter.

Hermiston coach Ron Sivey said the Bulldogs were aided in the first half by a strong effort by Mandy Walchli, who scored seven points.

"We were pretty dominant in the first half," Sivey said. "In the first quarter our pressure defense forced several turnovers that led to easy buckets."

Sivey said in the second half it appeared that playing their third game in four nights caught up with the Bulldogs. Hermiston totaled only 17 second-half points and had no field goals in the fourth quarter.

Catlin Cozad had a season-high 13 points for Hermiston and added four rebounds and three steals. Samantha Ramirez also had a season-high 13 points with three assists. Ramirez played well, Sivey said, filling in at point guard for Kylie Cody, who got into early foul trouble.

"I feel pretty good about where we are right now," Sivey said.

Hermiston freshmen 44, Heppner JV 26

Hermiston 14 13 8 9 - 44

Heppner 7 7 4 8 - 26

Hermiston (44) - Nicole Armstrong, Kylie Cody 0-5 0-0 0, Catlin Cozad 4-5 5-6 13, Tanae Chadwick 1-4 0-3 2, Brook Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Pricilla Ena 2-5 3-6 7, Samantha Ramirez 3-9 7-14 13, Mandy Walchli 3-5 1-5 7, Carol Morris 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-35 16-34 44.

3-point goals - None. Rebounds - Hermiston 19 (Ena 5, Chadwick 5). Assists - Hermiston 6 (Ramirez 3). Steals - Hermiston 10 (Cozad 3, Chadwick 3). Turnovers - Hermiston 13 (Ramirez 5).

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