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Eagles ladies basketball catch-up

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on December 27, 2017 9:22AM


Because of some complications after the Eagles’ heartbreaking 46-44 loss to arch-rival Powder Valley on Dec. 16, the Chieftain missed connecting with coach Lance Homan regarding the game before the Dec. 20 print deadline.

He took time away from his vacation to provide stats and comments for this week’s edition.

Homan said the girls played a sluggish first half and were down by three at the midpoint. The girls fought back hard and clawed their way to the lead going into the fourth quarter despite the absence of point guard Sabrina Albee due to illness.

With four or five minutes remaining in the battle, key player Emma Hite went down due to an injury. The ladies felt the loss of Hite and fought with heart and determination but came up just short.

“Playing in Powder is difficult, but we showed that we can play in a tough environment,” Homan said. He also noted the all-star performance of senior Alexis Sykora, who had 23 points.

“Alexis was a beast, and she played as well as I’ve ever seen her in the second half,” he said.



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