Eagles’ head coach Paul Bell mentioned the six turnovers his team committed in a single minute of the last quarter as a point of particular disappointment. With possession in their court at a crucial moment, the Eagles lost the ball to a backcourt violation and lost it again only seconds after Vanessa Pena successfully drew the offensive foul from Rogue River. Then, at two minutes to go, a technical foul by an Eagle Point guard started a string of untimely fouls that gave the senior, Alli Ehrhardt, from Rogue River too many chances at the free throw line. As far as the scoreboard was concerned, the Eagles effectively lost this game in the final twenty-two seconds.
Coach Bell spoke of his athletes’ lack of experience with pressure situations. “[They] lost their composure, lost their focus” he said. But, he went on to explain that this difficult loss was still an improvement when compared to the same game last year. Last season Rogue River beat Eagle Point by a margin of 37 points.
Two freshman Eagles, Sydney May and Alexia Hall, both played strong games. Coach Bell reported that Sydney May grabbed 12 rebounds and Alexia Hall “handled her part” by scoring 10 points. Vanessa Pena gave the best all-around performance for the Eagles with 4 assists, 4 steals and 4 rebounds. “She pressured the ball all night long,” said coach Bell.
The JV Eagles won their game against Rogue River by 46-33. Lupe Partida scored 19 points, 3 assists and 1 steal. Brooke Hanks contributed 13 points, 4 steals and 1 assist. Dana Johnson got 6 points and 1 steal. Head coach Angie Davis said she was “happy to see them come out with intensity.”
Eagles varsity girls basketball travels to Klamath Union High School next Tuesday Dec. 13. Their next home game is scheduled for Tuesday Jan.3 against North Medford High School. Tip off is at 7 p.m.
By Michael Stephens
For the Independent