The Dufur Rangers had the unenviable task of facing the No. 1-ranked Horizon Christian hawks in a battle of the Big Sky Conference leaders, but Horizon wound up being too much in the end for a 71-29 home win Friday in Hood River.
Dufur jumped ahead 8-5 on Horizon’s press in the early stages of play, but then the Hawks got things cooking with a 16-1 run in the final half of the opening quarter to lead 21-9.
In the second and third quarters, Horizon padded its lead using runs of 16-7 and 24-6 to move ahead by a 61-22 margin entering the fourth quarter.
Even after Horizon broke away from its press defense, the Rangers had a difficult time hitting shots, but all-in-all, head coach Tony White liked the fight his team displayed.
“We had great looks all night and that increase in tempo Horizon plays with was enough to keep us uncomfortable,” White said. “With our poor shooting and their ability to get up the floor, it made for a long evening. Our kids did a lot of good things though.”
Jake Kortge led the Rangers with 10 points, and speedy guard Nick Little was good enough for five points.
Dufur (7-4 overall, 2-2 league) hosted Central Christian Saturday.
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, they travel to Redmond to take on the last-place White Tigers.