Thursday, January 30, 2003
A rivalry game -- more than any other in a 20-game regular season -- represents what high school basketball is all about.
Last Friday's Klickitat-at-Lyle contest was the second of two scheduled meetings between the Vandals and the Cougars. The first game back in December, in Klickitat, was decided in overtime; Lyle was the victor.
Game two wasn't so close as the Cougars pulled away in the second quarter en route to a 53-38 victory -- their 29th straight on their homecourt.
They outscored the Vandals, 18-6, in the second stanza to take a 27-17 halftime lead. Through three, Lyle led the visiting team, 42-25.
Lindsey Blaine had 23 points, 15 rebounds and four steals for the Cougars, who also got 15 points and eight rebounds from Sarah Billette, and eight points and five steals from Dawn Ullom.
Blaine's play was the key to Lyle's first-half success. The senior scored 11 points (including 7-of-7 free throws) and grabbed nine rebounds.
In the third quarter, Billette nailed two 3-pointers and Blaine put in one to help the Cougars widen their lead to 17.
Jaecee Ramsay scored 12 points, and Jordan Graeme had 10 in trying to keep the Vandals in the game.
Cougars Coach Verlyn Smith said it was "a great victory" for Lyle because a win against Klickitat is "always a big morale booster."
Lyle 46, at Sunnyside Christian 34 --
Behind Lindsey Blaine's game-high 28 points and 14 rebounds, Lyle handed down an important GCB court verdict last Saturday.
Blaine fired in three 3-pointers and scored 17 of her points in the first half to help the Cougars capture a 27-15 halftime lead.
Lyle's advantage slipped to 10 after three quarters (35-25), but the Cougars' defense refused to cede any more of its advantage.
"Our difference was the big difference here," noted Cougars Coach Verlyn Smith. "Lindsey and Sarah (Billette) were also a great offensive force for us."
With Blaine doing most of the damage inside, Billette added 11 points, including nine on three 3-pointers, from the outside.
Dawn Ullom chipped in with five rebounds, five steals and four assists.
At LaSalle 57, Trout Lake 33 --
Mustang junior Rachel Anderson pumped in 20 points last Saturday, but the Lightning countered with a more balanced attack.
Trout Lake, which also got seven points from Sierra Long, trailed by 11 after one quarter and by 14 after two.
LaSalle blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Trout Lake 21-8 for a 51-24 lead.
At Klickitat 68, Mabton 27 --
Jaecee Ramsay poured in 27 points, and Jordan Graeme and Naomi Vitale each scored 12 last Saturday as the Vandals romped past the Vikings.
Klickitat enlarged a 15-11 first-quarter lead to 42-17 by halftime. Its lead stood at 35 at the end of three quarters.
At Riverside Christian 50, Glenwood 5 --
The Crusaders rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead and held the Eagles scoreless in three out of four quarters last Saturday en route to their 13th overall victory.
Amanda and Candi Kuhnhausen accounted for Glenwood's offensive production, scoring three and two points respectively.