By Christopher Halsey
Herald Sports Editor
HERMISTON The Hermiston girls have now won 17 consecutive games and will defend their Intermountain Conference title almost assuredly after a 2-0 run in Central Oregon over the weekend.
Hermiston improved to 17-1 and 8-0 in IMC play with a 73-57 win at Redmond and a 59-32 win in Bend over Summit. The wins completed a season sweep over the second place Redmond Panthers (6-2, 14-4) and the last place Storm of Summit (0-8, 1-18).
Hermiston 73, Redmond 57
Bulldog senior Cala Sielaff had a season high 24 points to lead Hermiston past a pesky Panther team that made a third quarter run.
Whitney Royer added 15 points for Hermiston and Jacque Hamm had a season high 12 points.
Royer scored 12 of Hermistons 30 first quarter points and Aundrea Morrison added six in the early going as Hermiston took a 30-11 advantage into the second period.
Sielaff had scoring quarters of five, four and five before posting 10 in the final quarter for Hermiston.
The Bulldogs were outscored in the second and third quarters, but held off for the season sweep.
Morrison led the team with 16 rebounds and Sielaff added seven boards. Anna Frutchey had a team high eight assists while Karin Carollo added six.
Hermiston 59, Summit 32
With 15 players getting time in the game and nine putting points in the book, Hermiston had little trouble with the Storm.
Briawna Mueller scored a team high 11 points and Sielaff added 10 for Hermiston as they coasted to a victory.
Hermiston led only 10-7 after the first quarter, but increased the lead throughout the contest.
Morrison led the way with 13 rebounds and Frutchey had a team high six steals. Royer had three assists and Morrison and Frutchey added two each.
Nine members of the Storm scored but none had more than six.
(For the complete story and boxscores, see the Jan 29 edition of the Hermiston Herald)