TURNOVERS, FOUL TROUBLE DOOM IRRIGON GIRLS

Tia Johnson (22) races around Julianna VandenBrink of Ione during Irrigon's 58-20 loss on Thursday.

By David Bashore

Herald sports reporter

Irrigon — Ione employed their trap defense to perfection, frustrating Irrigon into making turnovers and building a 21-5 lead before cruising to a 58-20 win at Irrigon Thursday night.

Fluctuating between the full-court trap and a zone defense, the Cardinals (3-4) kept Irrigon (0-10) off-balance the entire game, disrupting the Knights' rhythm and stifling any offensive outburst that may have come along.

"We wanted to put pressure on them and get some easy baskets," Ione head coach Ryan Rudolf said. "We got a little tired at times, but we were generally effective. When we can get three girls in double-figures, we're going to win more often than not."

Ashley Grams led all scorers with 17 points, while Jenny Griffith had 11, and Amber Patton chipped in 13 to lead Ione to the win.

Mirna Angulo scored 11 points in the contest for Irrigon, who continually dribbled right into the press of Ione causing turnovers, which hampered any chances of a victory.

"We did some things right and got them out of their press," Irrigon head coach Ray Davis said. "I thought we matched up with them pretty well when they pulled out of it, but we almost forgot that they were going to go back to it in the third quarter even though we said at halftime to expect it."

Ione's opportunistic ways continued in the third quarter, flustering Irrigon into more turnovers and translating them into easy baskets.

Irrigon's plight was compunded by foul trouble on the defensive end and a tentative approach when the ball was down low on the offensive end.

"We have to stop bailing teams out (by committing fouls)," Davis said. "We didn't understand that and we didn't understand why we couldn't take the ball up strong to the basket. The players just need to make some adjustments."

Irrigon, still in search of their first victory, returns to conference action at home against Sherman County on Friday night, with the start time slated for approximately 5 p.m.

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