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Girls Basketball Roundup

Vandals win big at home; TLG takes 2 of 3 on road

Klickitat relied on a blend of inside/outside scoring and defensive rebounding to defeat Lyle, 44-21, in Greater Columbia B League action last Saturday in Klickitat.

The Vandals' senior trio of Trisheena Keys, Melissa Huwe and Aryn Davis combined for 39 points and 22 defensive rebounds in the win, which evened Klickitat's GCB record at 2-2.

"We did a good job of controlling the rebounds and holding Lyle to one shot," Vandals Coach Traci Kessinger said.

Davis collected 11 Lyle misses and had 19 rebounds total. Keys grabbed six defensive rebounds and Huwe pulled down five.

At the offensive end, Keys connected from the perimeter for 14 points while Huwe and Davis worked inside for 14 and 11 points, respectively.

"Trisheena made four 3-pointers to keep them honest," Kessinger said, "and it really helped when Lyle went to a 1-2-2 zone because that helped us get Aryn involved more in the offense."

Davis scored six points in the opening quarter, including two on a putback that gave Klickitat an 11-8 at period's end.

In the second quarter, Huwe netted seven points as the Vandals pulled out to a 25-13 halftime lead. Huwe finished the first half with nine points, as did Davis.

Klickitat maintained its dominance in the second half, scoring the first nine points of the third quarter.

The Vandals' decisive run included a basket by Kali Linville, a 3-point shot from the top of the key by Keys and a pair of low-post scores by Huwe--the second coming off an assist by Kim Odle.

Odle and Linville shared the team lead in assists with four, and Davis got credit for three. Linville added a team-high five steals.

The Cougars (1-3, 3-6) were led by Brittney Johnson's eight points.

At Sunnyside Christian 82, Trout Lake/Glenwood 32:

The Mustangs' loss to the host Knights last Saturday snapped their two-game winning streak.

Kindra Van Laar scored 10 points to lead TLG (3-2, 5-6), which trailed 42-15 at halftime.

At Riverside Christian 45, Klickitat 44:

The host Crusaders escaped with a GCB victory last Friday when the Vandals' Aryn Davis missed a 15-footer in the waning seconds.

Klickitat got the ball in its frontcourt with 3 seconds remaining after Riverside knocked the ball out of bounds during a rebound battle.

"We had the ball with 18 seconds left, missed a shot and Riverside lost it out of bounds," Vandals Coach Traci Kessinger said. After a timeout, "there were three seconds left, we got the ball to Aryn in the high post and she missed a shot from the free-throw line."

The Vandals led the GCB game 10-7 after one quarter and 24-21 at halftime. But it got away from them in the third quarter.

"That third quarter hurt us," Kessinger noted. "We outscored them in every other quarter but they outscored us by 10 (15-5) in the third."

Trisheena Keys scored a game-high 16 points to lead Klickitat, which also got 13 points from Melissa Huwe and nine points and 10 rebounds from Davis.

Klickitat made it a close game by converting 19-of-28 shots from the foul line.

"The girls were pretty happy with their play," Kessinger said. "It gave them confidence that they can play at a higher level when they want to."

Trout Lake/Glenwood 57, at Yakama Tribal 43:

Balanced scoring helped the Mustangs beat the Eagles in Toppenish last Friday for their second straight win.

Katie Yarnell scored 17 points, Kim Poland had 13 and Dave'y Lumley added 10 for TLG, which built on a 23-15 halftime lead by outscoring Tribal 22-14 in the third quarter.

Sunnyside Christian 79, at Lyle 17:

The Knights made 55 percent of their field-goal attempts during last Friday's GCB game against the Cougars.

"They shot lights out against us and played an all-around great game," Cougars Coach Chris Barthlow said of the Knights. "We just couldn't get past their press in the first quarter and as a result fell behind by 23."

By halftime, Sunnyside owned a 47-5 lead.

The Cougars returned for the second half, however, with new determination.

"We went into halftime and set some goals to shoot for in the second half," Barthlow said. "We wanted to score in every quarter and run our offense."

Lyle did both, scoring 12 points after the break--six in each quarter--while getting good looks at the basket.

"I thought the girls played with a lot of heart in the second half," Barthlow said. "It would have been easy to just go through the motions, but they didn't."

Joelle Jackson paced the Cougars with four points, five rebounds and three assists.

Trout Lake/Glenwood 42, at Bickleton 30:

Kim Poland and Katie Yarnell each scored 10 points Jan. 9 and the Mustangs won their second GCB game.

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