HOOD RIVER – Playing without the services of injured all-league center Olivia Starks, No. 12-ranked The Dalles will need a collaborative effort to dominate the competition.
Brooke McCall and Iliana Telles combined for nine 3-pointers and 21 points apiece, and sophomore point guard Kailin Hoylman added two points, six steals and a career-high 13 assists to lead the Riverhawks to a 68-49 blowout of Hood River Valley Tuesday in a Columbia River Conference matchup at Vannet Court.
“We moved the ball around like we did and distributed it well,” McCall said. “When one person is hot, we just feed them. We know how our team works, we know how to look for an open teammate and when to give them the ball. When we do that, we are unstoppable.”
In all, TD hit 24 field goals and had 19 assists on those baskets and eight different players made it on the scoresheet, including six apiece from Morgan Goslin, Katie Conklin and four from Ivorie Taylor and Lori Cimmiyotti.
“When you have players out, you need others to pick up the slack,” said TD head coach Dan Telles. “Lori and Brook and Jen did a fantastic job inside. They cleaned up the boards.”
With a combined 16 from Telles and McCall, the Hawks jumped out ahead by a 21-14 margin through the first quarter of play.
The lead swelled to as much 11 points midway through the second quarter, but after consecutive baskets from HRV post Marlie Bloomster made it a 29-22 score, TD went to work in a final flurry to extend on the advantage.
McCall buried a long 3-pointer and followed with a rebound and putback to give the Riverhawks a commanding 34-22 lead.
Telles then hit her fifth long ball of the half with 2:10 remaining and The Dalles was in front, 37-22.
A layup from Kelsey Wells drew the Eagles to within a 38-25 deficit, but Goslin banked in a 22-foot three-pointer, the team’s eighth of the half, to cap a 20-11 Riverhawk output in the second quarter for the 41-25 halftime lead.
“We worked together really well,” Hoylman said. “We hustled throughout the game and we never gave up on each other. So, it was a good game for us overall.”
Telles and McCall added five points in the third quarter, Conklin hit four points and Jennifer Bonham hit a layup on an assist from Hoylman with less than a minute left in the third frame to move TD in front by a 57-36 mark.
Hood River was down 57-37 entering the fourth quarter, but the Riverhawks started the final period on a 5-0 run.
Cimmiyotti swished a jumper, McCall hit on 1 of 2 free throws and Hoylman had a layup on a dish from Cimmiyotti to slam the door shut at 62-37 with 5:39 left in regulation.
Hood River managed 18 field goals, one from long distance, and added a 10 for 21 split from the free throw line.
Wells, a McDonald’s All-American nominee, had 14 points, five coming in the second half on one field goal.
Bloomster checked in with 13 on the board and Jestena Mattson scored 10 points. That trio had 15 of the Eagles’ 18 field goals.
After taking a tough 61-59 loss on the road Friday night against Pendleton, Hoylman was impressed with how the Riverhawks bounced back when faced with adversity.
“It was very important to respond the way we did,” she said. “We were 0-2 and now we got our first conference win. We got that to build off of, so we need to do it more.”
The Dalles hosts No. 1-ranked Hermiston (15-3, 3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bulldogs got past Pendleton, 57-54 Tuesday.