EUGENE - No team had done it prior to Saturday, and despite a hard-fought game, the Hermiston girls' basketball team couldn't be the first to beat No. 1 Willamette.

Behind a dominant 29-point performance from 6-foot-4 Sunny Greinacher, the Wolverines stretched their season record to 24-0.

"We just had no answer," Hermiston coach Steve Hoffert said. "We can't match up with her and when she's shooting like she is and they're running their set plays for her, you can't front her. She's not only a big girl, she's a basketball player."

Hoffert said Greinacher took the ball end line to end line a few times.

Hermiston also could not get Hannah Whitsett going in the game, and she finished with seven points. Hoffert said the Wolverines were playing a sagging man-to-man with the focus on denying Whitsett the ball.

"They did a really good job switching girls on her," he said. "The things we normally do weren't working and we tried to force things. We just couldn't get in a rhythm."

Kathryn Barnitz and Maloree Moss each scored nine to lead the Bulldogs. Marie Pedro added eight.

Hoffert said the Wolverines will be a huge task for any opponent they run up against in the postseason and he hasn't seen anybody he thinks is on their same level right now.

For the Bulldogs, the loss may have ended their season but Hoffert said there is no reason for his girls to feel down.

"It's tough when the season closes," he said. "We talked to the girls about the fact that we weren't counted to be in the playoffs ... and we battled and got that first round playoff win.

"But in the second round you're asking someone to do the impossible to come down and beat Willamette. I think when the girls sit down to think about the season in a few days they'll realize we had a good season."

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