Turnovers, poor shooting hurt Pioneer girls in loss to Riverside

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MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi suffered another defeat at home Wednesday, this time to the Riverside Pirates, 41-29.

The Pioneers (3-6) turned the ball over 26 times, shot 26 percent from field-goal range and made just 27 percent (6-of-22) of their shots from the free-throw line.

“We finally get a lot of opportunities at the free-throw line and we have free buckets that we have to take advantage of,” Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said. “We didn’t do it. We missed 18 free throws and lose by 12 points.”

The Pioneer turnovers were equally as decisive.

“We could have made more shots out of what we had,” Christian said. “Or just increase our point total by getting more chances by getting fewer turnovers or by rebounding more.”

Makia Carlson led Mac-Hi on the boards and in the scorers column, with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Fellow post Avery Wells scored eight points and pulled down seven boards.

“Makia gave a good effort to get the double-double,” Christian said. “Avery played well too, adding her points and rebounds. On defense, Josie Lonai gave 110 percent.”

Lonai had four of the team’s 11 steals.

Justice Smith led Riverside with 15 points.

The Pioneers begin their nine-game Greater Oregon League schedule Friday in La Grande at 6 p.m. They have 12 games remaining as the mid-point of the season approaches.

“La Grande will be a top team and a difficult opponent,” Christian said. “We might have a better chance of beating Baker and Ontario. It will be interesting to see how we compare with some of those teams that we’ll play three times in league.”

RIVERSIDE 41, MAC-HI 29

RIVERSIDE (41) — Lezama 2 2-3 8, Smith 6 3-6 15, Pratt 1 0-0 2, Hernandez 1 0-0 2, Leon 1 0-0 2, Shimer 2 1-2 3, Guerra 2 1-7 6, Gonzalez 1 1-2 3, Mendoza 0 0-0 0, Calvillo 0 0-0 0, Jiminez 0 0-1 0 Totals 12 8-21 41.

MAC-HI (29) — Carlson 5-8 1-4 11, Av. Wells 3-8 2-3 8, Fite 1-5 0-0 3, Lonai 1-6 1-4 3, Tveidt 1-6 0-0 2, Vaughn 0-3 2-3 2, Am. Wells 0-0 0-6 0, Riedel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 11-38 6-22 29.

3-point goals — Riv 3 (Lezama 2, Guerra), Mac 2 (Fite, Av. Wells). Total fouls — Mac 20. Rebounds — Mac 27 (Carlson 11). Turnovers — Mac-Hi 26.

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