TIGERS DROP TWO AT RED LION CLASSIC

December 20, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

PENDLETON What was a competitive game through three quarters turned ugly in the fourth.

Hood River Valley outscored

La Grande 22-7 in the fourth quarter and rolled to a 71-52 boys basketball victory Thursday in the first round of the Red Lion Holiday Prep Classic.

It was ugly, La Grande coach Aaron Mills said. We took it to ourselves for the most part. They spent the whole fourth quarter at the free throw line. We just kept fouling them. We were slow to the ball and kept reaching and grabbing.

Hood River was 10-for-22 from the line in the fourth quarter.

We just didnt do anything right, Mills said. I was really disappointed in how badly we got beat. We went south the last 10 minutes of the game.

Hood Rivers Charles Brendon scored 24 points and Nate Armerding added 15 points.

Greg Schuft led La Grande (2-3) with 14 points.

La Grande plays Forest Grove at 8 p.m. today in consolation play.

Hood River Valley 14 12 23 22 71

La Grande 13 13 19 7 52

Hood River Valley Brendon 8 8-14 24, Armerding 5 3-6 15, Shyperit 1 4-6 6, Holmson 1 3-5 5, Bohn 1 2-2 5, Goin 1 2-4 4, Nelson 2 1-3 5, Fogle 1 0-0 3, Goe 1 0-0 2, Monzie, Murillo 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 23-40 71.

La Grande Schuft 5 3-4 14, Pennington 4 1-5 9, Bomberger 3 2-4 8, Mellinger 2 3-4 7, MacDonald 2 1-2 5, Nebeker 0 1-2 1, Tucker, Lester 3 0-0 8, McMahan. Totals: 19 11-21 52.

Three-pointers Hood River Valley, Armerding 2, Bohn, Fogle; La Grande, Schuft, Lester 2. Fouled out Bohn, Schuft, McMahan. Total fouls Hood River Valley 21, La Grande 29. Technical fouls None.

Girls: Gig Harbor wins

PENDLETON Gig Harbor (Wash.) held on for a 39-37 girls basketball victory Thursday over the La Grande Tigers at the Red Lion Holiday Prep Classic.

Rebecca Johnson and Mika Ambrook led Gig Harbor with 13 and 12 points respectively.

La Grande led 28-27 going into the fourth quarter.

Christie Weaver scored 17 points for La Grande (2-3), which plays South Kitsap (Wash.) today.

Gig Harbor (Wash.) 11 8 8 12 39

La Grande 12 5 11 9 37

Gig Harbor Johnson 6 1-1 13, Ambrook 5 1-3 12, Thrall 2 0-1 5, Millham 2 0-0 4, Kuzmick 1 0-0 2, Larson 1 0-2 2, Greene 0 1-2 1, Rodriguez, Scott, Simpson. Totals: 17 3-9 39.

La Grande Weaver 7 2-4 17, Carmichael 2 2-2 6, Jensen 1 3-4 5, Schuft 1 1-2 4, Hibbert 1 0-1 2, Crouch 0 2-2 2, Nebeker 0 1-2 1, Sternfeld, Rasmussen. Totals: 12 11-17 37.

Three-pointers Gig Harbor, Ambrook, Thrall; La Grande, Weaver, Schuft. Fouled out Jensen. Total fouls Gig Harbor 15, La Grande 19. Technical fouls None.