It was an emotional end to seven Bulldog basketball careers and an abrupt finish to the season for the Hermiston girls basketball team after a 55-41 consolation semifinal loss to the Wilsonville Wildcats at the OSAA 5A state tournament at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
The Bulldogs got the shots they had become accustom to getting all season long but for the second consecutive game inside the University of Oregons Matthew Knight Arena the ball wouldnt go through the basket during the loss.
The Bulldogs shot 17 for 61 from the field, to finish just below 28 percent in Thursday mornings game against the Wildcasts while Wilsonville was better than 41 percent going 19 for 46. Hermiston was again uncharacteristically cold from outside the three-point line shooting just 3-23 against Wilsonville and 10 for 54 for the tournament from outside the arc for 18.5 percent. During the season Hermiston averaged 41 percent from the field and better than 32 percent from the 3-point line.
Senior point guard Maloree Moss led Hermiston with 11 points and was the only Bulldog in double figures against the Wildcats. The Columbia River Conference player of the year finished her 4-year varsity career with 1,214 points. First-team all-CRC senior wing Jeni Hoffert was second on the team with nine points. Senior Callahan Crossley had her second consecutive good game producing off of the bench for Hermiston with seven points.
For the second straight game Hermiston hit a couple shots early to take a 5-0 lead and were in front 8-2 at the mid-point of the first quarter when Wilsonville closed the quarter on a 13-2 run to take a 15-10 lead into the second period.
Wilsonville opened the second quarter on a 9-2 run to jump in front by 12. With 4:40 left in the first half the Bulldog trailed 24-12 and would never get closer than six points after that.
The field goal percentage discrepancy between the two teams was neutralized in part by the fact Hermiston got up 15 more shots than Wilsonville but the difference in the contest was at the free-throw line.
The Wildcats werent good at the stripe shooting just 55.6 percent but they were 15 of 27 while Hermiston was just 4 for 8 from the line. In the tournament the Bulldogs were 6 for 10 from the free throw line while their opponents Bend and Wilsonville combined to shoot 53 foul shots and make 36 of them.
Hermiston (21-7) has their season end without a tournament trophy for the first time since the 2008-2009 and for just the second time since the state went to six classifications in the 2006-2007 school year.