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Hermiston Freshman leads Bulldogs to State

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HERMISTON, Wash. - She leads the league-champion Hermiston Bulldogs in scoring, assists, steals and blocks....and she's barely out of middle school.

14-year-old Shoni Schimmel is having a fantastic freshman season for the Bulldogs, averaging a conference-best 15 points a game.

"She had one game against The Dalles where she scored 30 points. That was in three quarters," said coach Mike Royer. "She had seven threes in that game. It's just a matter of time before she breaks the record of eight. For a freshman to step in and do what she's done is impressive. She's an amazing athlete."

The soft spoken Schimmel says playing with the older teenage girls can be a challenge on and off the court.

"Its fun to listen to their stories," she said. "A couple of them have boyfriends. Some don't. I hang out with the ones that don't."

She says the experience of playing varsity has a freshman has beeb valuable.

"At first the court looked small and the players were so big it was tough to move around. Now I'm used to it."

By virtue of winning the IMC, Hermiston gets a first round bye and plays a second round game Saturday at home.