Posted Monday March 7, 2011
HERMISTON - The Hermiston Lady Bulldogs overcame being down seven points in the second period to defeat the South Albany Rebels 60-33 on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The teams alternated the lead in the first period. Hermiston then hit a cold streak that lasted five minutes in the second period allowing South Albany to take control of the game. Then the Rebels went totally cold in the second half, scoring only five points in the third and fourth periods. Hermiston kept up their dogged determination that has served them well throughout the season as they clawed back into the game to take the win.
The first period was low scoring as the teams got used to each other. South Albany scored first and maintained the lead until the 3:50 mark when Hermiston broke the 4-4 tie and take the 6-4 lead. South Albany came back and inched out to a 12-11 lead at the end of the first period. Scoring for Hermiston in the first included Andrea Waters and Courtney Walchli. Scoring for South Albany were Haley Dixon, Sarah Shye, Kyla Miner and Marisa Roos. South Albany led at the end of the first 12-11.
South Albany outscored Hermiston 15 to 10 in the second period. The Rebels fast play and sticky defense gave them the upper hand during the first half. Scoring in the second for the Rebels were Brittni Rogers, Haley Dixon, Cierra Henderson, Kyla Miner and Sarah Shye. Scoring for Hermiston in the second were Gracie Flyg, Maloree Moss and Courtney Walchli. South Albany led 27 to 21 at halftime.
As the teams took the court to start the third period some had to wonder how Hermiston would handle being down by six and being out hussled in most of the first half. Maloree Moss went to the freethrow line twice in the first two minutes scoring three points. Then Gracie Flyg hit back to back shots to give Hermiston the 28-27 lead. That was the Dawgs first lead in the game. Hermiston then went on to take command of the third period outscoring South Albany 15 to 2 to take a seven point lead. Other Dawgs scoring in the third were Andrea Waters, Courtney Walchli and Heidi Walchli. The only score for the Rebels came late in the period on a jump shot by Kyla Miner. Hermiston led at the end of the third 36-29.
Hermiston continued to dominate the game in the fourth period outscoring South Albany 24 to 4. The Dawgs scoring machine was in full operation with scoring coming from Maloree Moss, Gracie Flyg, Jeni Hoffert, Courtney Walchli, Saraya Wise and Callahan Crossely capped things off with a trey with six seconds to go in the game. Hermiston won 60 to 33. Hermiston will travel to Eugene to play Willamette on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the University of Oregon. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
Photos by Terry Aichele