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IRRIGON HOOPS: Knights off to hot start with Ione Bonanza wins


Hermiston Herald

Published on December 5, 2017 6:29PM

The Irrigon girls basketball team went to the fourth quarter trailing the Weston-McEwen TigerScots 46-34 and knew they needed to change things up to get a win.

The Knights pulled out a full-court pressure defense which threw the TigerScots off instantly and swung the game in the Knights’ favor as Irrigon outscored Weston-McEwen 20-6 in the final frame to steal a 54-52 victory at the Ione Basketball Bonanza on Friday.

“We really struggled against their press,” Weston-McEwen coach Mike Giusti said. “They (Irrigon) sped us up and we tried to hurry and we weren’t sure of where to go because we haven’t had much time to work on that yet.”

Jada Burns scored 17 to lead the Knights (3-0) and following her were Taylor Davis with 10 and Alyia Munoz with eight. For the TigerScots Katie Vescio led with 17 points and Chelsea Quaempts had 14.

The Knights followed up the win Saturday at the Bonanza with a 49-36 win over Enterprise.

BOYS: Keith Fleming scored 12 points and the trio of Johnny Phillips, Eric Carillo and Adrian Roa each had 10 to lead the Irrigon Knights past the Weston-McEwen TigerScots 66-43 on Friday night at the Ione Basketball Bonanza.

Weston-McEwen (0-2) had just four players reach the score column, though senior Brett Speed went off for 32 points in the loss.

“We played a good game ... and our scoring was pretty balanced tonight,” Irrigon coach Davie Salas said. “Speed had a good game for them, we had a tough time staying in front of him but we adjusted.”

Irrigon stayed undefeated Saturday with a 59-49 win over Enterprise.

UPCOMING: Irrigon will play in the Heppner Invite this weekend, starting with Imbler at 3 p.m./4:30 p.m. on Friday and then taking on Mac-Hi at 1 p.m./2:30 p.m. Saturday. Next Tuesday the Knights will host Heppner at 6 p.m./7:30 p.m.


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