With the way the Stanfield High?School boys basketball team started the season, it’d be hard to imagine them dropping one game, much less back-to-back games.

The Tigers were whipped by the Irrigon Knights Friday night 53-26 at home, and followed up that loss Saturday with a 69-59 loss to Grant Union on the road.

“We were never able to recover from a lousy first quarter,”?Stanfield coach Daniel Sharp said of Saturday’s loss. “We lacked defensive intensity, and they hit open 3-pointers all night. It is a tough environment to play, but we have to be tougher.”

The sloppiness of the Tigers’ defense showed in the statistics book, as they committed 21 fouls on the night, in comparison with just seven committed by the Prospectors (5-6, 4-2).

“We have to learn to be tougher and smarter,” Sharp said. Senior Bryce Linker scored 22 points for the Tigers (9-2, 3-2 BMC), Milan?Davchevski added 11.

In an unforgiving conference, the Tigers must not lament over the short tailspin they are currently in.?Despite being 9-2, the consecutive losses dropped them to fourth in the Blue Mountain?Conference standings behind Irrigon, Pilot Rock and Grant Union.

Their tough stretch does not end here as well, the Tigers traveled to second-ranked Pilot Rock Tuesday, and follow that with a home game against Weston-McEwen Friday.

Cougars fall to undefeated Hawks

The Echo High school boys basketball team struggled to score the ball in the first half in a 61-47 loss to Horizon Christian. The Cougars (7-8, 4-2 Big Sky) managed just 17 first-half points. A turnaround in the second half turned to be a little too late, as they failed to keep up with the Hawk (13-0, 2-0) offense.

The Cougars actually shot better from the field than the Hawks, making 21-of-45 shots, good for 46 percent from the field, but they also committed 18 turnovers on the game and shot just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc.

The Hawks doubled the Cougars’ production in points off turnovers, scoring 15 points off Echo turnovers.

Despite the loss, the Cougars remain very much in contention in the Big Sky, boasting a 4-2 conference record, which they will try and improve in a Jan. 12 matchup with Condon/Wheeler.

Girls Basketball

Echo continues upswing with win over Horizon Christian

The Echo High School girls basketball team is starting to get the feel for winning, as its third game out of four Saturday over Horizon?Christian.

The Cougars beat the Hawks 41-22 in a Big Sky matchup. Echo (4-10, 3-2 Big Sky) was letting Horizon (4-8, 1-1) hang around until the second half got under way.?

In the third quarter the Cougars outscored the Hawks 21-4. “We were only up four,”?Echo coach Derek Lete said. “Which Horizon, no (dis)respect to them, but we didn’t play that well and should’ve had a bigger lead. We outscored them in the third quarter, and kind of took a lead, and threw some other girls in there.”

Lete is encouraged by the Cougars recent turnaround, but knows the Cougars will need to play consistent throughout the game soon, especially with matchups against Condon/Wheeler/Arlington and Ione rapidly approaching.

Tigers' skid continues

After starting the season 5-0, the Stanfield High?School girls basketball team has fallen into a funk, dropping six of seven contests, including all five Blue Mountain?Conference matchups.

The Tigers (6-7, 0-5 BMC) dropped their latest game Saturday against Grant Union 50-32.?Stanfield managed only four points combined in the first and third quarters. Brittany Grearson led the Tigers with nine points.

The Tigers last win came on?Dec. 27 against Molalla in the Regis Holiday Tournament.?They looked for their first conference win Tuesday against Pilot Rock.

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