Aided by a late-season forfeit from Mabton, Glenwood secured a spot in this week's Yakima Valley District 5 Class B basketball tournament with a 75-43 playoff victory over Klickitat last Saturday in Trout Lake.
The Eagles picked up a game on the Vandals in the Greater Columbia B League's Klickitat County Division last week after Mabton self-reported an eligibility rules violation during a Feb. 7 league meeting.
League officials ruled Mabton had to forfeit two GCB wins--Jan. 29 over Glenwood and Feb. 4 over Bickleton--in which it used an academically ineligible player.
But nothing was certain for Glenwood until the Eagles defeated Lyle, 49-40, in their regular-season finale last Friday.
Klickitat found itself at Lyle's mercy after losing to the Klickitat County Division champions, 56-31, last Wednesday.
Glenwood finished the regular season on a roll, winning its last four games--a streak that included the playoff win against Klickitat.
Their latest victory earned the Eagles the Klickitat County Division's third district seed. They opened tournament play Tuesday against Riverside Christian, the Yakima Valley Division's No.-2 team.
Glenwood 49, at Lyle 40 --
The Eagles took control of a game they had to win with a strong third quarter in which they out-scored the Cougars, 17-8.
Glenwood led, 20-19, at halftime after leading 12-1 at the end of the first quarter.
David Hoodenpyl and Tony Leiter each scored 13 points, and Tanner Beeks chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles.
"Glenwood played hard, killed us on the boards and out-hustled us to every loose ball," said Cougars Coach Joe Bales.
Kalvin Kernan had 17 points and six rebounds for the Cougars, who had already sewn up a first-round bye in district play.
Lyle takes on the winner of Tuesday's loser-out game between Mabton-Trout Lake game this Friday at Sunnyside High School.
GLENWOOD 49 (12-8-17-12) --
Tony Leiter 13, David Hoodenpyl 13, Tanner Beeks 11, Mitch Wheelhouse 4, Trent Steinbach 4, Devin Dean 4. Rebounds: Beeks 8, Leiter 6. Rebounds: 34. Steals: 7. Assists: 10.
LYLE 40 (1-18-8-13) --
Kalvin Kernan 17, Martin Grace 7, Tyler Wells 7, Joey Nelson 5, Reggie Grace 4. Rebounds: Kernan 6. Rebounds: 19 (Kernan 6, Nelson 4, Devan Essex 3). Steals: 11 (M. Grace 3, Kernan 2, Nelson 2). Assists: 7 (Kernan 2).
Trout Lake 68, at Bickleton 27 --
The Mustangs jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter last Friday and never looked back.
Shay Smith scored 16 points to take game honors and lead three Trout Lakers in double figures. Kris Huffsmith chipped in 15 and Ben Steward added 11.
Bryan Whitmore's double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds paced the Pirates.
TROUT LAKE 68 (21-14-13-10) --
Shay Smith 16, Kris Huffsmith 15, Ben Steward 11, Matt Dearden 8, Tim Dearden 8, Mark Poland 4, Khris Gonzales 2, Aaron Schmid 2, Colton Smith 2.
BICKLETON 27 (3-12-2-10) --
Bryan Whitmore 14, Eric Hess 4, Kris McBride 4, Venema 3, Cody Loomis 2. Rebounds: Whitmore 10, Hess 9.
At Lyle 56, Klickitat 31 --
Martin Grace had 13 points, nine rebounds and six steals as the Cougars secured a first-round district bye with the Feb. 9 victory over the Vandals.
Grace scored nine of his points in the first half as Lyle took a 25-7 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. The Cougars increased that to 38-18 at the end of three quarters with a buzzer-beating 3-point shot by Chris Cochenour.
Kalvin Kernan finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Joey Nelson tallied 11 points for Lyle, which out-scored Klickitat in every quarter.
The Cougars' Devan Essex held the GCB's leading scorer, J.J. Keys, to three points in the first half and eight points overall with a stifling man-to-man coverage.
KLICKITAT 31 (5-2-11-13) --
J.J. Keys 8, James Parsons 8, Cory Fakesch 7, Jeromie Mason 5, Rodger Lambert 2, Josh DeWeese 1. Rebounds: 30. Steals: 3. Assists: 5.
LYLE 56 (14-11-13-18) --
Martin Grace 13, Kalvin Kernan 12, Joey Nelson 11, Devan Essex 5, Reggie Grace 4, Tyler Wells 4, Justin Bodolay 4, Chris Cochenour 3. Rebounds: 36 (Kernan 11, M. Grace 9, R. Grace 5, Wells 3, Brian Karundeng 3). Steals: 14 (M. Grace 6, R. Grace 3). Assists: 15 (Essex 4, M. Grace 3, R. Grace 2, Cochenour 2, Dusty Vorce 2).
Glenwood 65, at Bickleton 43 --
Mitch Wheelhouse scored 19 points and Tony Leiter had 16 to lead the Eagles to their second straight win Feb. 8.
David Hoodenpyl added 12 for Glenwood, which got out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and gradually pulled away.
Bickleton's Bryan Whitmore led all scorers with 20 points.]
GLENWOOD 65 (20-15-13-17) --
Mitch Wheelhouse 19, Tony Leiter 16, David Hoodenpyl 12, Trent Steinbach 9, Tanner Beeks 5, Devin Dean 4.
BICKLETON 43 (10-12-13-8) --
Bryan Whitmore 20, Cody Loomis 9, Tyler Jensen 6, Kris McBride 4, Ryan Bravo 2, Alex Whitmore 2.
At Klickitat 61, Yakama Tribal 53 --
J.J. Keys converted 23 straight free throws Feb. 8 on his way to a game-high 37 points.
Keys, an 88-percent free-throw shooter on the season, sank 19 from the line in the fourth quarter and 23 of 24 overall to help the Vandals hold off the Eagles.
Cory Fakesch contributed 12 points and nine rebounds for Klickitat, which needed the win to stay ahead of Glenwood in the run for the division's final district playoff berth.
YAKAMA TRIBAL 53 (16-4-9-24) --
Derek Payer 21, Drew Payer 21, Tyson John 4, Josh Sampson 4, Leonard Blake 3, Manny Miller 2, Adolph Garza 2.
KLICKITAT 61 (12-5-20-24) --
J.J. Keys 37, Cory Fakesch 12, Richard McConville 5, James Parsons 4, Jeromie Mason 3. Rebounds: Fakesch 9.