The Aloha Warriors tried to put some pressure on No. 6-ranked The Dalles Wahtonka, but the high-flying Eagle Indians had all the answers in a 59-50 win, their seventh in a row, Tuesday in non-league girl’s basketball play Tuesday in Beaverton.
“They tried to pressure us, but we did what we have been doing all year long, kind of controlling that, getting the ball into the middle and moving to the girls down the floor for some easy baskets,” said TDW coach Craig Compton.
Katie Conklin scored a team-high 14 points and added seven rebounds for the Tribe, who had 24 two-point field goals, one 3-pointer and 6 for 9 from the free throw line.
On those 25 baskets, the team racked up 20 assists.
Olivia Starks added 10 points and seven blocks, and the trio of Brooke McCall, Lori Cimmiyotti and Iliana Telles notched eight points apiece.
Emily Bailey had another all-around performance with eight points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and four steals, as the Eagle Indians earmarked their win with runs of 19-9 and 15-7 to take a 34-16 halftime lead.
TDW added to its cushion in the third quarter using a 16-12 output, but the Warriors made things interesting in the fourth quarter, on six 3-pointers, as a 22-9 rally got the lead down to single digits.
Mackenzie Sibert 12 points with four 3-pointers, all of the coming in the fourth quarter.
Overall, Aloha dropped eight 2-pointers, 11 3-pointers and went 1 of 4 free throws
In the first half, Aloha hit five field goals.
More than anything, Compton and head coach Dan Telles will use this contest as a teaching tool for tougher games on the schedule. The 28 turnovers committed by TDW is something they plan to iron out.
“We learned a lot from this game because of the pressure they put on everybody,” Compton said. “We learned that our younger girls need to be able to step up when the other team puts pressure on Emily Bailey, so they need to be able to handle the ball so she does not have to do it all. I think they showed us a lot about ourselves tonight. They pushed us out of our comfort zone a little, so I think this gives us a few things we can work on.”
TDW (11-1 overall) heads out to play Southridge (6-5) at 7:15 p.m. Friday.