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Rangers win one, lose two at home


Team scores first win against Scappoose

by: NEWS PHOTO: JOEY NIBBE - Junior Alec Barstad goes through the Scappoose defense for another Rangers score. It was a mixed week for the Estacada High School boys varsity basketball team, with its first win of the 2012-13 season coming between two losses.

The Rangers hosted the Cascade Cougars on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and started the game with a 12-0 deficit.

A pair of foul shots by sophomore Kris Kelly put Estacada on the board, which he followed up with another score to make it 16-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Cascade used a series of layups to expand its lead to 42-8 at halftime.

For the second half, the Rangers welcomed the return of senior Ryan Vauthier, who instantly started putting points on the board. But the Cougar offense remained prolific, resulting in a 56-15 lead at the start of the fourth quarter and a 66-31 final score.

Vauthier was the top scorer for the Rangers, with 14 points. Junior Kyle Beguelin scored 7.

The Rangers had a dramatic reversal of fortune three days later when they hosted the Scappoose Indians. Senior guard Bryan Rhone, who had been out with a broken wrist, was medically cleared to rejoin his team on the court. He did so in the second half of the game.

In his first full game back, Vauthier scored 21 points. That included a remarkable 10-for-10 performance at the free throw line.

Beguelin and sophomore Will Blankenship scored 11 points each, as the Rangers cruised to a 54-45 victory.

Coach Kevin Kirchhofer said the win was due to the team committing fewer turnovers, playing good defense and working well together.

“That made a big difference,” he said.

Any hopes of establishing a winning streak were abruptly shattered Monday, Dec. 10, when the Rangers hosted the Wilsonville Wildcats.

Estacada was hanging tough throughout the first quarter, and a three-point shot by junior Chris Smith put them within four points at 23-19.

The Rangers trailed 27-21 at halftime. A score by Junior Marshall Cantele narrowed the score to 29-26, but the Wildcats began to rally and didn’t stop until the game was over.

By the end of the third quarter, Wilsonville had opened up a 38-29 lead, and won with a final score of 53-39.

Kirchhofer credits Wilsonville for being a very physical and disciplined squad that rebounded well.

“They had some size on us,” Kirchhofer said.

Vauthier lead the Rangers with 11 points. Beguelin, Cantele and Rhone all scored 6.

A road trip to Yamhill-Carlton is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, followed by an away game at Elmira on Tuesday, Dec. 18.