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Page 12 Hells Ca nyon Journal December 24, 1996 La Grande Drops Cold- Shooting A tall, young La Grande junior varisty boys team gave the Pine Eagle boys all they could handle and more in a home game Saturday night. The Spartans jumped out to an early lead, and the game was close for the first quar- ter, but La Grande began to build a lead in the second quarter and extended it in the second half, to win going away. Pine "Eagle coach Jeff Swanson showed a variety of defensive looks against the Tigers, using a man-to-man press, two kinds of zone presses, and a box-and-one, but La Grande moved well without the ball and made good passes against the Spar- tans' pressure defense, giv- ing the visitors numerous in- side scoring opportunities, which they capitalized on readily. Meanwhile, the Spartans' worked hard to get good shots, but when they got the oppor- tunities they wanted, their shots just didn't drop against the taller Tigers. One bright spot for Pine Eagle was the hard work of senior Joseph Farley, who was a force on the boards de- spite being matched up against taller opposition throughout the game. The Spartans can measure the progress they make in practice this week with a rematch against the same La Grande team, this time at the Tigers' place, this Saturday, December 28. The following weekend, Wapiti League ac- tion begins, with a visit to the Elgin Huskies Friday night, January 3 and a home game with Joseph on Saturday, Janaury 4. Spartan Girls Win Handily Pine Eagle's girls varsity team had little trouble with the junior varsity girls from La Grande in the Spartans' third home appearance of the pre-season. Pressure defense by the home team forced numerous turnovers (37 altogether), many of which the Spartans converted into easy baskets. As a team, Pine Eagle hit over 50% from the field, con- necting on 32 of 59 field goal attempts, while sinking 15 of 20 from the free throw line. The Spartans out-rebounded the Tigers 36-31 and forced 37 turnovers, while giving the ball up 33 times on turnovers, themselves. All 10 varsity players got significant playing time and made positive contributions on the court, as the Spartans won going away, 79-42. Jessica Vaughan had a"ca- reer game" in the words of her coach, Chuck Peterson, pulling down 9 rebounds and nabbing 9 steals to go with her game-high 27 points. Jes- sica sank 11 of 15 from the field and 5 of 7 from the char- ity stripe. Lyrica Smith made 6 steals, despite being the player farthest down court on the press, and added 13 points. Gttards Cammie Rowen and Monica Elguezabal main- tained fierce defensive pres- sure in the back court, and accounted for five and four steals, respectively, with Monica hitting for 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting at the offen- sive end and Cammie shar- ing the load under the backboards, gathering in 6 rebounds. Senior Melinda Petersen, who is only in her second year of basketball, showed what GIRLS Pine-Eagle 79 La Grande JV 42 Player FG FT R A S P A. Bigelow 1-1 0-03 0 2 2 K. Sciarrino 4-5 0~02 1 2 8 A. Koger 0-2 2-21 1 3 2 L. Smith 5-10 3-4 4 1 6 13 M. Elguezabal 6-9 1-2 2 1 4 13 L. Macomber 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 2 C. Rowen 1-10 4-5 6 6 5 6 Photo by Steve Backstrom SOPHOMORE GUARD MONICA ELGUEZABALdefends against the inbounds pass against La Grande. she can do for the team, with some impressive finishes of fast break opportunities. Coach Peterson also had high praise for the efforts of some of his players off the bench. "Abbey Godwin played tough defense; she denied La Grande's post player inside shots." Of the efforts of sopho- more backup point guard Annie Koger, Paterson said, "She sees the floor really well and makes good decisions." Freshman Katie Sciarrino, who has been seeing action at both the junior varsity and varsity level, hit 4 of 5 field goal attempts off the bench, and Peterson said she may not be playing on the junior varsity much more "The nice thing about a young team," Peterson com- mented, "is that they just get better." With that in mind, fans of the Pine Eagle girls have a lot to look forward to this season. After a rematch with the La Grandejunior varsity this Saturday in La Grande, the girls will begin their Wapiti League season with a visit to Elgin Friday, January 3. The next Spartan home game is the following night, Saturday, January 4, when Pine Eagle hosts the Joseph Eagles. Thank You for Support in electing me Baker County Commisioner YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS!