Wounded Grizzly girls suffer first defeat of season in loss to Ione


HELIX — An injured band of Grizzlies from Griswold High School suffered its first loss of the season, 41-37, to the confident Cardinals from Ione here Tuesday.

The loss gives the Grizzlies, who entered the game ranked No. 3 in the state, an 8-1 record on the season.

A pair of key Helix players suffered injuries in a game against Joseph last week and missed the Tuesday contest.

Coach Dean Fouquette expects senior Megan Schroeder to miss three games with a broken nose. He said Britney Smith suffered a knee injury that may sideline her for the season.

The Grizzlies, with just five varsity players on the roster, opened Tuesday’s game by building a 12-10 lead through the first quarter.

The Cardinals then outscored Helix 22-14 over the next two quarters for a 32-26 lead entering the final eight minutes.

Although Helix rallied for an 11-9 edge in the final period, it could not overcome the deficit.

The Grizzlies’ Kylee Rogers led all scorers with 17 points, and Beth Morter led the Cardinals with 13 points.

"The bottom line was that we lost two starters in the game against Joseph," Fouquette said. "Yet, Ione played a really good game. They knew we were injured, and they played with a lot of confidence. They ran their offense well, and they hustled on defense.

"We also had some early foul trouble that hurt us," he added. "Then we missed some easy shots. We missed 10 free throws, and we had too many turnovers. But we don’t want to take anything away from Ione. They played well. Hats off to them."

The Grizzlies return to action when they host Klickitat, Powder Valley and Waitsburg-Prescott in a tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday.

IONE (41) — Morter 5 3-7 13, Archer 4 0-0 8, Ramos 2 2-4 6, Svetich 2 2-2 6, Rietmann 0 2-6 2, Kendrick 3 0-0 6, Peterson 0 0-1 0. Totals 16 9-10 41

HELIX (37) — Rogers 6 5-10 17, Terjeson 2 0-2 5, Thompson 1 1-4 3, Ely 2 4-6 8, Hack 2 0-0 4, Gabriel 0 0-0 0, Nitz 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 10-20 37

Ione 10 12 10 9 — 41

Helix 12 7 7 11 — 37

3-point goals — Ione (None), Helix (Terjeson). Total fouls— Ione 21, 16 Fouled out— Ione (Ramos), Helix (None). Technical fouls—None. Rebounds— Ione 42 (Morter 6), 42 (Hack 7). Turnovers— Ione 24, 23.


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