MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi Pioneers girls basketball player Makia Carlson had 16 points and 13 boards in a losing effort to the Baker Bulldogs, 55-26, here Tuesday afternoon in Greater Oregon League action.
"Makia is being so consistent right now," Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said, "and working hard. We just have to get her the ball more when she is a dominant force inside."
Mac-Hi got off to a slow start, trailing 9-2 after the first quarter. The Pioneers outscored the Bulldogs 10-8 in the second quarter to pull within five points at the half. It was 17-12 Baker at the intermission.
Baker led at the half with the help of 14 Mac-Hi turnovers and eight Bulldog second-chance points.
"Turnovers and offensive rebounds hurt us," Christian said. "If they missed a shot and got an offensive board or two in a row, it really hurt us. We don't box out the first time and then we foul the second time to send them back to the line."
On the afternoon, Mac-Hi had 46 total turnovers - 31 in the second half alone. Those turnovers - and hot Bulldog shooting - buried Mac-Hi in the second half. Baker had six 3-pointers total from two different shooters in the second half and seven shots from downtown in the game.
The Bulldogs were just 8-of-17 at the charity stripe, while Mac-Hi was 12-of-18.
"Numbers 33 (Emily Smith) and 21 (Ashley Trees) were their best shooters," Christian said, "and we just didn't make the adjustment. Then we got open shots down low and missed them in the beginning."
Trees finished with 23 points on three from downtown and Smith had four from long range for 12 points. Michelle Birkmaier chipped in eight points for the Bulldogs and a team-high four rebounds.
Mac-Hi was outscored 38-14 in the second half.
"It comes down to we had a bad third quarter," Christian said, "and it has been like that all season. We came out not ready to go, out of halftime flat. My team should have been coming out excited that we had come back in that second quarter."
Instead, Mac-Hi was taken on a Baker 22-5 run in that third quarter.
"Our turnovers killed us today, we had 46," Christian said. "If we want to win a game or be in a game, we're going to have to cut down on those.
"We have to get people that want to take care of the ball and they're working on it. It is not just going to happen that they become ball handlers overnight. They've just got to put in that extra effort and keep their heads up. They've got to trust each other and hit the open player."
Mac-Hi gets another chance against the Bulldogs at Baker at 6 p.m. Friday. The Pioneers are now 1-15, without a league win. They still have two league games at Baker, and wins in those two games would still propel them into the playoffs.
Baker 55, Mac-Hi 26
BAKER (55) - Freese 1 0-0 2, Duman 1 0-2 2, A. Smith 0 0-1 0,Overton 0 1-2 1, Birkmaier 3 2-2 8, Trees 8 4-6 23, Bachman 1 0-0 2, E. Smith 4 0-2 12, Chaves 2 0-0, Robb 0 1-2 1, Kercheski 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 8-17 55.
MAC-HI (26) - Carlson 4 8-11 16, Kessler 0 0-0 0, Brannan 1 0-0 2, Ureno 0 0-0 0, Correa 0 0-0 0, Vaughn 0 2-2 2, Erm 1 2-4 4, Fite 1 0-1 2. Totals 7 12-18 26.
Baker 9 8 22 16 - 55
Mac-Hi 2 10 5 9 - 26
3-point goals - Baker 7 (Trees 3, E. Smith 4). Total fouls - Baker 15, Mac 19. Fouled out - Mac (Kessler). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Baker 23 (Birkmaier 4), Mac 33 (Carlson 13). Assists - Baker 4, Mac 4. Turnovers - Baker 22, Mac 46.