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Maloree Moss of Hermiston, number 24 in white, threads her way between two South Albany defenders along the baseline to score on a reverse layup during the Dawgs 60-33 win. Hermiston now moves on in the state 5A tournament. They will travel to Eugene for the state playoffs and take on the Willamette Wolverines on Thursday, March 10, 2011. [img_6055]

Hermiston Defeated South Albany

Hermiston won 60-33

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.


The visiting South Albany pep band and student section yelled out their pregame cheer during warm ups before the start of the game. [img_5879]


Jeni Hoffert of Hermiston shoots a long jump shot from the corner early in the game on Saturday. [img_5901]


The basketball appears to balance on the edge of the rim. Looking at the hoop were Hermiston players including Gracie Flyg, number 14, and Courtney Walchli, number 30. LEFT [img_5917]


Hermiston's Courtney Walchli drives to the basket. [img_5930]


Courtney Walchli of Hermiston shoots a freethrow. [img_5933]


Photo sequence of Courtney Walchli of Hermiston being double teamed, raked across the face and spins around to hit the basket. [img_6005] [img_6006] [img_6007]


LEFT - Courtney Walchli of Hermiston works her away along the baseline and shoots a reverse layup. [img_5971] and [img_5972] RIGHT - Hermiston's Heidi Walchli, number 42 in white, looks for an open team mate to pass the ball to. [img_6032]


LEFT - Hermiston's Jeni Hoffert leaps up to pass the ball. [img_6092] RIGHT - Hermiston's Courtney Walchi sets up to take a shot in the second half of the game. [img_6100]


Marisa Roos of South Albany attempts to thread her way through Hermiston defenders Courtney Walchli and Gracie Flyg. [img_6113]


Hermiston's Maloree Moss drives to the basket. LEFT [img_6117]


LEFT - Gracie Flyg of Hermiston grabbed a rebound and turns to head down the court. [img_6143] RIGHT - Marisa Roos of South Albany puts up a shot while being guarded by Kirsten Shockman. [img_6164]


LEFT - Hermiston's Gracie Flyg is grabbed by a South Albany defender. [img_6166] RIGHT - Kyla MIner of South Albany brings the ball up the court. [img_5574]


Hermiston's players celebrate the win following the buzzer. LEFT [img_6267] - RIGHT [img_6272]


Hermiston Bulldogs exchange fives with the South Albany Rebels following the game. [img_6278]









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