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December 05, 2012
DUFUR -- Two tournament titles is a good way to start what will be one tough schedule for both the Perrydale boys and girls basketball teams.
Both Pirates squads swept through Friday and Saturday's Dufur Tournament with two wins apiece to kick-start their first two road games of the season.
That's good news if you're a Pirates fan, because playing on the road is something Perrydale will be plenty used to in the next few weeks.
"It's a good test for us," Perrydale girls coach Luke Lindell said of his squad's upcoming schedule, which features two homes games -- Thursday's contest with Monroe and Monday's matchup with Damascus Christian -- before the Pirates embark on a 10-game road slate that won't see them play at home until Jan. 11.
The boys' schedule is the same, with home games against the same opponents following the girls both Thursday and Monday.
"It's a good and a bad thing to play so many away games -- the early benefit is you play a lot of home games at the end of the season," Lindell said.
"It is what it is and we'll just go out and play games."
Fortunately, both Perrydale squads are already on the right track to start the season.
Friday, the girls squad defeated Klickitat (Wash.) 58-24, then followed that up with a championship win over host Dufur Saturday, 57-37.
Senior Brooke Barnes scored 22 points in each contest to lead Perrydale (2-0) to the tournament title.
While the Pirates had little trouble with Klickitat, they needed a bit of a wake-up call against Dufur, as Perrydale trailed 16-6 after the first quarter.
Barnes helped spark a 23-7 second-quarter surge to return the contest to Perrydale's favor.
"We were able to go on a really strong run in the second quarter to pull away," Lindell said. "It was good to see that type of maturity. (Brooke) was able to hit a couple 3s in the second quarter and was able to light a spark for us."
Hannah Mitchell had a strong tournament as well, scoring nine points in each game.
On the boys side, the Pirates (2-0) dismantled Klickitat 80-25 Friday before pulling out a 58-24 victory over Dufur in Saturday's championship.
Justin Cruickshank netted 21 points, Mick Hawes added 13 points and Phillipp Heusel had 12 in a balanced attack against Klickitat, while both Heusel (16 points) and Cruickshank (15 points) had big games against Dufur.
In Saturday's game, the Pirates used a 14-8 advantage in the third quarter to pull away for the win.
First-year Perrydale head coach Mike Lowry said the big difference in Saturday's second half was his team's defense.
"The real difference was that we stopped fouling them," Lowry said. "Dufur shot 26 free throws in the game but they only attempted seven in the second half. Phillipp Heusel and Josh Hiebenthal really did a great job of playing with foul trouble, which allowed us to rebound well and hold them to one shot per possession."
The Perrydale boys and girls basketball teams will host their next two games before going on a 10-game road trip, a stretch where the Pirates won't see their home floor again until Jan. 11. Here is information on those four home contests.
Monroe at Perrydale
When: Thursday. Girls, 5:30 p.m.; Boys, 7 p.m.
Damascus Christian at Perrydale
When: Monday. Girls, 5:30 p.m; Boys, 7 p.m.