Pioneer girls still searching for first win

The Mac-Hi girls lose to La Grande, 65-17.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - It was a tough night for the Mac-Hi girls basketball team at home versus La Grande as the squad fell 65-17 after the Tigers jumped out to a 28-4 edge in the first quarter.

La Grande was paced by 17 points and nine rebounds by Breanna Partney.

"Without Breanna, we would have struggled tonight," said La Grande head coach Doug Girdner. "She really carried us."

The Tigers opened the game on a 9-0 run, while Mac-Hi (0-13, 0-4) didn't score in the opening four minutes.

"They really jumped on us early," said Mac-Hi head coach Casey Richards. "We still played better against them overall than the first time we met, but it was tough for us to compete with their size and experience."

Mac-Hi was also plagued by 26 first-half turnovers and 36 overall during the game.

"We definitely can handle the ball better than we showed tonight, but sometimes you have those games," Richards said. "It can be frustrating, but we're a young team, and we have to look at tonight as something to build upon."

La Grande stretched its lead to 37 on a 3 from Paige Aldred at the 6:30 mark in the third quarter before bringing in its subs.

"That's how we want to play every night," Girdner said. "We want to step on the gas early and then control the ball."

Up next for Mac-Hi is a home meeting with Ontario on Saturday.

"We'll keep looking for that first win," Richards said. "We know it's out there, and having another home game just makes it all the more realistic."

La Grande 65, Mac-Hi 17

LA GRANDE (65) - Comfort 2-8 0-0 4, Tracy 0-2 1-2 1, Aldred 3-7 1-2 8, Brown 1-4 0-0 2, Partney 6-16 4-7 17, Alexander 1-3 2-3 4, Mattson 1-7 0-0 2, Moore 2-7 1-2 5, Mills 2-4 1-2 5, Sain 5-8 1-2 11, Martin 2-3 1-1 5, Tooke 0-1 1-2 2 . Totals 25-70 13-19 65.

MAC-HI (17) - McElrath 0-0 0-3 0, Brennan 1-1 0-0 2, Meza 1-6 2-4 5 Reidel 0-0 0-0 0, Hinton 0-0 0-0 0, Erm 0-6 0-0 0, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Ureno 0-0 1-2 1, Vaughan 2-5 0-0 4, Wells 0-2 0-2 0, Carlson 3-4 1-4 7. Totals 7-24 2-15 17.

La Grande 28 14 18 5 - 65

Mac-Hi 4 6 5 2 - 17

3-point goals - La G 2 (Aldred, Partney), Mac-Hi 1 (Meza). Total fouls- La G 15, Mac-Hi 18. Fouled out- None. Technical fouls- None. Rebounds- La G 27 (Partney 9), Mac-Hi 18 (Vaughn 6). Turnovers- La G 21, Mac-Hi 36.

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