Roseburg High’s girls basketball season started with a 46-33 nonconference loss to Eagle Point on Wednesday at Robertson Memorial Gym despite a strong defensive effort by the Tribe.
“We are physical and aggressive, but we need to understand the nuances of scoring,” Roseburg first-year coach Dane Tornell said. “I don’t feel that Eagle Point beat us, I think we beat ourselves on making shots.”
Tornell rotated every girl in, often switching the entire lineup in an attempt to wear down the Eagles. However, neither of the platoons were able to run any of the offensive plays Tornell and his coaching staff had drawn up.
“We had beginning of the year struggles offensively,” Tornell said. “We couldn’t run a play. In fact we never actually ran an on court play.”
Tornell hoped those offensive errors were due to first game jitters and excitement.
Sophomore guard Kalina Anderson said, “It’s from the nerves because it was the first game of the season.”
Anderson scored three points in the game, including the final basket.
Jazz Murphy led Roseburg with 12 points, followed by Samie Bergmann and Ericka Allen with four points apiece. Murphy had the only 3-pointer for Roseburg.
Eagle Point was led in scoring by Andrea Flores with 17 points, 11 coming in the first half.
“We talked about her at halftime,” Tornell said. “I think our girls did a lot better in the second half just due to more intensity. They just cared more, put out a bigger effort.”
Roseburg got an early lead when Bergmann was fouled a minute into the contest and made both of her free throws. It then took another four minutes for the next basket, which was a layup by Allen.
Eagle Point’s Kelsi Monroe scored next to make it a 4-2 game before teammate Flores found a rhythm and scored the next three baskets, including a shot at the buzzer which put Eagle Point up 8-6 after the first quarter.
The Tribe used a full-court pressure defense in the second quarter, which led to a lot of opportunities for Roseburg.
“We forced a lot of turnovers tonight, and I can’t complain about their effort,” Tornell said. “The attitude was amazing. It’s great coaching these girls, but we need to put the ball in the basket.
“We had somewhere in the realm of 15 missed lay-ins. So you can’t win a basketball game when you’re missing layups. That killed us.”
Eagle Point led 20-10 at the break and the Eagles outscored Roseburg 17-7 in the third quarter. Roseburg did manage to outscore Eagle Point 16-9 in the final quarter.
Roseburg played even more aggressive in the fourth quarter, which led to an injury for Bergmann. The 5-8 senior post rolled her ankle diving for a loose ball under the Eagle Point basket with about six minutes left, but is expected to be back for the next game.
Roseburg will play Aloha of Beaverton on Friday and Century of Hillsboro Saturday in a two-day road trip to the Portland area.
“We have potential,” Anderson said. “We didn’t do bad for the first game.”
EAGLE POINT (46) — Andrea Flores 17, Shelton 6, Lawler 5, Monroe 5, Burgess 5, Hogan 3, Sather 3, Amidei 2, Swanson, Sked. Totals 17 10-14 46.
ROSEBURG (33) — Jazz Murphy 12, Bergmann 4, Allen 4, Anderson 3, Wayman 3, Russell 2, Melvin 2, Knudson 2, Vredenburg 2, Robbins, Lake, White. Totals 11 10-19 33.
Eagle Point 8 12 17 9 — 46
Roseburg 6 4 7 16 — 33
3-Point Goals — E.P. 2 (Lawler, Shelton), RHS 1 (Murphy). Total Fouls — E.P. 12, RHS 11.
JV Score — Eagle Point 35, Roseburg 31.