Through two games, The Dalles Wahtonka defense has stepped up to the plate, allowing an average of 17.5 points a game.
Tuesday, the offense showed it could be a potent weapon.
Four Tribe players hit double figures, led by Emily Bailey, who had 19 points and was one assist shy of a quadruple double in a 72-63 victory over Cleveland High School Tuesday in non-league girl’s basketball action in Portland.
The 72 points was the most scored by the Eagle Indian program since Feb. 19, 2010, in a 75-72 triple overtime triumph over Madras.
“The girls did a fantastic job. It was a total team effort,” said TDW head coach Dan Telles. “They faced a lot of obstacles tonight, but they played their hearts out and kept their composure and did a great job of getting the win. Cleveland is a pretty good team. This was definitely our first big challenge of the season and I give these girls high marks.”
Those offensive numbers appeared to be a longshot early in play, as the Eagle Indians managed just 10 points, while Cleveland put up 19 to take a nine-point advantage.
However, TDW had a little more fight to its game in the second quarter using a 15-13 run to make it 32-25 Cleveland ahead at the intermission.
TDW flipped the switch in a furious second-half rally using defense and quick transitions to change the scope of the game.
The Eagle Indians motored out to a 23-11 rally in the third frame to lead 48-43 entering the fourth quarter.
Both teams fired out a combined 44 points in the finale, as the Eagle Indians worked a 24-20 split to set the stage for their nine-point road win.
“In the second half, we went straight man-to-man and picked up the intensity,” Telles said. “We helped each other on the help side and doubled down when we needed to and rotated well. Whether they got the tipped passes, the steal or the rebounds, we got out in transition and ran. We were able to knock down some shots too.”
Offensively, the Tribe rattled off 21 assists on 29 field goals, four of those baskets were 3-pointers, to go along with a 10 of 15 performance from the charity stripe.
Bailey paced the team with 19 points, 17 rebounds, 12 steals, nine assists and four blocks.
Iliana Telles netted 13 points on three 3-pointers, and added three assists.
Katie Conklin had 11 points and six rebounds, Olivia Starks churned out 10 points and eight rebounds, Ruthie Ford added eight to the scorebook and freshman Brooke McCall was good for five points and eight rebounds.
Whether it was tough calls, injuries, physical play or foul difficulties, coach Telles found the answers from his bench players.
It was needed on this night, as Olivia Starks fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
“Brooke McCall, Katie Conklin, Morgan Goslin and Ruthie Ford all stepped up to the challenge,” coach Telles said. “Of course, Bailey was Bailey. She is such a great player. The girls came together well to overcome certain situations they were faced with. Without them, we may not win.”
TDW (3-0 overall) hosts Sandy at 5:30 p.m. Friday night.