The Hermiston girls basketball team couldn’t have opened the season any better, hammering the Eisenhower Cadets, 66-30, Saturday in Yakima.

Aside from the first win of the season, the Bulldogs had four players score in double figures in a very balanced offensive attack.

Courtney Walchli led the charge with 16 points with Heidi Walchli notching 13 in her first career varsity start. Maloree Moss chipped in 11 and Jeni Hoffert rounded out the crew with 10.

Hermiston created its offense in very familiar fashion — with stout defense.

“We were really good at pressuring the ball and making them make mistakes,” Hermiston coach Steve Hoffert said. “It was a very good first game to see where we were and what we needed to do.”

The stifling defense of the Bulldogs held the Cadets to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters. Hermiston outscored Eisenhower 15-6 in the first frame, 14-4 in the second and 19-8 in the third.

Hoffert said the score could have been even more lopsided, but his club didn’t convert on a bunch of “easy” buckets inside.

Hermiston took on Moses Lake in the home opener on Tuesday, but the score was unavailable by presstime. Check out Saturday’s issue of the Hermiston Herald for the coverage.

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