MILTON-FREEWATER - The Mac-Hi girls forced 25 turnovers and outrebounded the Riverside Pirates 32-11, but they couldn't break another one into the win column as the Pioneers lost, 43-32.
The Pioneers committed 28 turnovers of their own - 14 in each half.
The first quarter was close as the Pirates outscored Mac-Hi 15-11.
The second quarter was crucial as Mac-Hi managed just a point and Riverside had nine.
"It was hard to come back from that second quarter where we rested our starters for awhile and scored only one point," Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said. "The first half, we also had 14 turnovers. Nine of them were in that second quarter and it was just hard to battle back from that."
The first 12 Mac-Hi points were scored six apiece for Avery Wells and Makia Carlson. The Pioneers went into halftime with just those two players having scored.
The Pirates' Fabiola Lopez had 11 points at the break and 16 in the game on four from downtown.
"We knew coming in that Lopez was their main player," Christian said. "We've been trying to work on a box-and-1 defense in practice to defend better against the outside shot rather than our 2-3 zone. The second half, we shut down Lopez pretty good and I think we were starting to get the hang of that box-and-1."
The Pioneers also turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, incorporating the full-court pressure into their attack. They forced 19 turnovers to only five Pirate turnovers in the first half.
"Turnovers, tonight we had 28," Christian said. "We forced some extra turnovers in the second half on defense to even up the total a little bit, but the first half was just too much to overcome."
The Pioneers outscored the Pirates 20-19 in the second half, but still lost by 11 points.
Mac-Hi still couldn't get the ball inside in the second half.
"Our posts did really well early on," Christian said. "After resting Wells and Carlson in the second quarter, we tried going back to them later, but we just didn't work as well in the offense."
Leaders in points for Mac-Hi were Carlson with 10 and Wells with seven. Caitlin Erm and Jolene Brannan added four points apiece.
Top rebounders for Mac-Hi were Caitlin Vaughn with eight, Carlson with seven and Wells with six. Cristina Guerra backed Lopez with eight points of her own for Riverside.
The Pirates doubled up Mac-Hi in team assists with six and the Pioneers only three. Mac-Hi garnered 11 steals and the Pirates had eight.
"We missed 35 shots," Christian said. "We got open shots, which was better, but we missed a lot of them. We need to put more of them in and it is a whole new ball game."
The Pioneers concluded the preseason and play their first league game at home Friday night against La Grande at 6 p.m.
Riverside 43, Mac-Hi 32
RIVERSIDE (43) - Jimenez 1 0-0 2, Lopez 6 0-0 16, Gonzalez 2 0-0 4, Olvera 2 1-2 5, Guerra 3 2-4 8, Dominguez 2 0-0 4, Lezama 1 0-0 2, Leon 1 0-0 2, Hernandez 0 0-0 0. Totals - 18 3-6 43.
MAC-HI (32) - Vaughn 1 0-0 2, Carlson 5 0-0 10, Kessler 0 3-4 3, Wells 2 3-6 7, Brannan 2 0-0 4, Fite 1 0-0 2, Erm 1 1-2 4, Ureno 0 0-0 0, Riedel 0 0-0 0. Totals - 12 7-12 32.
Riverside 15 9 6 13 - 43
Mac-Hi 11 1 11 10 - 32
3-point goals - River 4 (Lopez 4), Mac-Hi (Erm). Total fouls - River 8, Mac-Hi 8. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - River 11 (Jimenez 4), Mac-Hi 32 (Vaughn). Turnovers - River 25, Mac-Hi 28. Assists - River 6 (Lezama 2), Mac-Hi 3.