Mitchell/Spray falls behind 27-0 and never recovers as they are routed 56-32 by Horizon Christian

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Allie Smith goes to the hoop for two of her team-high 16 points against Horizon Christian on Saturday. Despite Smith-s strong effort, the Mitchell/Spray Eagle/Loggers lost 56-32 to the Hawks. The Horizon Christian Hawks flew out to a 27-0 lead and were never headed as they stormed past the Mitchell/Spray Eagle/Loggers Saturday night in Mitchell.

The Hawks led 19-0 at the end of the first period and 35-8 at the half as they cruised to an easy 56-32 Big Sky League victory.

Using a strangling full-court press, the Hawks turned Eagle/Loggers into easy baskets early in the contest.

Fiona Marsalis, who finished with a game-high 27points, had 10 in the first quarter along with five steals as the Hawks blanked the Eagle/Loggers.

Horizon Christian went out of their full-court press into a man-to-man defense early in the second quarter, but the result was the same as Marsalis scored six quick points before substituting out of the game midway through the quarter.

Mitchell/Spray finally got on the scoreboard with 3:542 left in the first half on a Maria Vargas steal and layup.

Once they broke the ice, the Eagle/Loggers played better, scoring six more points in the half.

Mitchell/Spray actually outscored Horizon Christian in the second half as Allie Smith got hot, hitting 10 points in the third quarter alone. With Marsalis and Kaitlin Wenz, who scored eight points in the contest, sitting on the bench much of the second half, the Eagle/Loggers took advantage, as they were outscored just 17-16 in the third quarter and then outscored the visiting hawks 8-4 in the final frame.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Maria Vargas drivs past pressure defense from Horizon Christian's Alexis Ruiz. Vargas finished with 10 points and five rebounds for the Mitchell/Spray Eagle/Loggers, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks took a 56-32 victory. Smith finished with 16 points for the Eagle/Loggers, with all but two coming in the second half.

Vargas was also in double figures for the Eagle/Loggers with 10.

Alexis Ruiz finished with eight points for the Hawks.

Besides leading all players in scoring, Marsalis grabbed 15 rebounds and picked up nine steals in the game, while Ruiz and Kathleen Robison each had five boards for the Hawks.

Smith finished with seven boards for the Eagle/Loggers, while Marena Decker pulled down six and both Maria Rey and Maria Vargas grabbed five.

The Hawks had just a 33-29 rebound advantage. However, they outrebounded the Eagle/Loggers 23-11 in the first half.

Mitchell/Spray committed 31 turnovers in the contest, most in the first 12 minutes against the Hawks' full-court press.

Meanwhile, the Hawks had just 15 turnovers in the contest, most in the second half, when Wenz and Marsalis were out of the game.

With the victory, Horizon Christian improved to 11-10 overall and 8-4 in Big Sky play.

The Hawks are tied for second place in the league with Sherman County and Ione.

Meanwhile, the Eagle/Loggers fell to 1-11 in league play and 6-14 overall.

Mitchell/Spray plays at Dufur (11-10, 7-5) on Friday, then closes out the season on Saturday when they go on the road again to Arlington (1-14, 0-12).

Horizon Christian 56, Mitchell/Spray 32

Saturday, February 3

At Mitchell

Horizon Christian 19 16 17 4 — 56

Mitchell/Spray 0 8 16 8 — 32

Horizon Christian (56) — Fionna Marsalis 27, Wenz 8, Ruiz 8, Robison 4, Bradley 4, Decker 4, Wells1. Totals: 23 10-14 56.

Mitchell/Spray (32) — Allie Smith 16, M. Vargas 10, Ho 2, El Gana 2, Rey 2, Y. Vargas, Reed, Truong, Mongkolsuk. Totals: 15 2-4 32.

Three-point goals — None.

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