High School Sports

Hermiston girls romp over Southridge 67-19 (w/ gallery)

KENNEWICK — Hermiston continued its winning ways Tuesday night with a 67-19 nonleague victory at Southridge.

Jeni Hoffert led the Bulldogs with 20 points, and Maloree Moss added 16 points. The duo also combined for eight assists.

"They just played extremely well," Southridge coach Scott Stiles said. "They're a very good basketball team."

And despite the lopsided matchup, Hermiston coach Steve Hoffert noted the Suns didn't back down.

"The Southridge girls worked really hard," Hoffert said. "I was impressed with their effort and the fact that they got down and battled and pushed the ball, and rebounded offensively to score.

"It wasn't a team that hung their head and beat up on themselves. They did what the could to disrupt and get into the game. ... They worked hard to do what they needed to do in that situation."

As for the Bulldogs, Hoffert noted they had an atypically slow start.

"We came out in the first half basically flat, slow on the ball movements, on the defensive end and shot selections."

But Hermiston turned things around at the half.

"In the second half, our seniors got things going," Hoffert said. "Maloree and Jeni stepped up, and Andrea Waters played some great defense, and Gracie Flyg decided to rebound.

"She put it on herself and had 10 in the second half, and that's what we need from our experienced players to beat somebody."

HERMISTON -- Foley, Jeni Hoffert 20, Flyg 7, Waters 3, Crossley 2, Byrd 6, Moss 16, Lawson, Headings 4, Walchli 9, Gibbs.

SOUTHRIDGE -- Haberling 2, Fraga 2, Dean, Taylor 2, Emma Sanders 3, Kreutz 2, Lyons 2, Saunders, Edwards 2, Wormington 2, Stein 2. Totals

Hermiston 14 25 18 10 -- 67

Southridge 6 5 6 2 -- 19

Highlights -- Gracie Flyg 12 rbs, Maloree Moss 5 assts, Heidi Walchli 8 rbs; Mckenzie Byrd 6 rb; Hoffert 3 assts.