The Kalama Chinooks led the Columbia High Bruins by 13 points after one quarter, by 16 at halftime and by as many as 26 points in the third en route to a 66-44 season-opening victory in girls basketball action here Nov. 30.
The Bruins led briefly in the opening minutes of play but lost their momentum midway through the first quarter when sophomore point guard Chani Weiler went to the bench with three fouls. (Weiler eventually fouled out with 2:42 to go in the third quarter.)
Columbia got within 14 points twice at the start of the third quarter and again early in the fourth--thanks to a 13-3 run sparked by the scoring of junior Becky Clary-- but no closer.
Clary led the Bruins with 15 points; she had 12 of those in the fourth quarter.
Senior Corrine Blankenship added nine points and tied Clary for second on the team with seven rebounds.
Freshman Ericka Ziegler's eight rebounds paced CHS, which out-boarded Kalama, 32-21, overall. Ziegler also had a team-leading five steals in her varsity debut.
But while rebounding was a strong suit for the Bruins on opening night, shooting wasn't.
Columbia scored just 15-of-71 shots from the field, including 1 for 10 from 3-point range, and only 11 of 21 from the foul line.
Kalama conversely made 26-of-65 field-goal attempts (40 percent overall, 0/2 on 3-pointers) and 14-of-26 free throws.