Slow start leads to LHS loss Bulldogs

By Observer staff January 15, 2014 10:22 am

NYSSA —The La Grande girls basketball team got down early and didn’t have enough time to finish off a comeback attempt on the road against Nyssa Tuesday.

“I think if we started our rally to open the third quarter we could have pulled it out,” Tigers head coach Doug Girdner said. “But, we just got going a little too late.”

The slow start led to a 53-44 non-league loss at the hands of the Bulldogs.

La Grande fell behind 23-9 after one quarter, but outscored Nysaa 29-22 in the third and fourth quarters combined.

Lexus Miller-Moylan returned to action after missing Friday’s game against Fruitland, Idaho. She led the team in scoring with 16 points.

Avery Albrecht and Auslin McDaniel-Perrin each finished with nine points.

“We didn’t come out ready to play,” Girdner said. “It was a very physical game. We couldn’t buy a trip to the free-throw line in the first half.”

Lacey Miles and Kali Avila both left the game with injuries. 

The Tigers (6-4 overall) will host Fruitland, Idaho, at 6 p.m. Saturday.