By Christopher Halsey
Herald Sports Editor
HERMISTON The Bulldogs had an easy time last week sweeping Pendleton and Crook County in a pair of Intermountain Conference games by a combined score of 143-73.
Hermiston 82, Crook County 39
The Bulldog girls scored a season high 82 points Saturday and extended their win streak to 15 games in an easy win over visiting Crook County.
Hermiston gave significant playing time to the bench players and introduced seven players to varsity basketball.
It was just fun to see a lot of those girls play in a varsity game, Hermiston head coach Mike Royer said.
It was senior sharp-shooter Whitney Royer that kick-started the Hermiston offense, hitting four 3-point goals in the first quarter.
She tallied a team high 12 points in the game and saw only limited play after the first quarter.
Aundrea Morrison, a junior post, scored 11 points in limited time on the floor.
In all, 16 Bulldogs got into the game and all but two scored.
Hermiston never trailed in the game after Royer hit from long range on her first shot. They did not allow a point for the first three minutes and 40 seconds of play and led 23-2 before Crook Countys Annissa Howard hit a pair of free-throws with 1:07 left in the period.
Few players who normally see significant playing time did so in the second quarter for the Bulldogs, but Hermiston continued to dominate the Cowgirls in the second quarter.
Sophomore Lacey Walchli scored Hermiston final four points of the first half for a 47-19 Bulldog lead.
Hermiston 61, Pendleton 34
They had a bit slower start than one month ago, but Hermiston destroyed Pendleton on their home court for the second time in as many meetings.
Winning for the 14th consecutive time and for the fifth time in league play, the Hermiston girls had little trouble against the Bucks in a 61-34 victory.
We just started playing our game, Hermiston coach Mike Royer said, explaining that both teams started slowly.
Hermistons game, of late, has been a methodical half-court attack that features weapons from the inside and out.
(For the complete story, see the Jan. 22 edition of the Hermiston Herald)