By HARV HANSEN

Sports Editor

PRESTON — Easton Valley River Hawks girls opened the season on a sour note at home against the Bellevue Marquette Mohawks, losing a close game 44-42. 

EV Coach Joe Kilburg said the biggest key in the game was rebounding — or as he said, the lack of rebounds — the main reason why the River Hawks could not get over the hump. (Rebound stats were not available at press time) 

The score was tied at 24 going into the fourth quarter. The River Hawks had a two-point lead with six minutes left in the game, but as Kilburg said, his players struggled to close the game out. The River Hawks shot only three free throws for the whole game, making two of the three. 

Kilburg said that can’t happen again, adding that his players need to get to the free throw line more. 

The Mohawks were 8-18 at the free throw line.

“That was the game right there,” Kilburg said. 

The River Hawks were in foul trouble most of the game. Kierra Messerich and RaeAnn Carlson fouled out. Some 19 fouls were called against the River Hawks compared to 12 on the Mohawks.

Sadie Zaruba led the River Hawks in scoring with 16. RaeAnn Carlson contributed 8, and Kierra Messerich had 6 before she fouled out. 

The River Hawks’ next games are Friday, Nov. 30, at Starmont and Tuesday, Dec. 4, at home against East Buchanan. The girls start at 6 p.m., boys start at 7:30.       

Bellevue Marquette 44

Easton Valley 42

B (1-0)911420 — 44

E (0-1)87918 — 42

Points — Sadie Zaruba 16; RaeAnn Carlson 8; Kierra Messerich 6; Sarah Driscoll 5; Sydney McNeil 4; Sydney Stoll 3. FT — 2-3 (Other statistics were not available at press time.)