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Girls Basketball Roundup

Pirates sink Cougars in overtime

Sunnyside Christian rebounded from its first Greater Columbia B League loss with a resounding 65-24 girls basketball victory over Klickitat last Saturday.

The host Knights (7-1 in GCB, 12-2 overall) established a 12-9 lead after one quarter and steadily widened the gap between them and the Vandals the rest of the way.

The third quarter was pivotal. Sunnyside outscored Klickitat 20-3 in the period to extend a 26-14 halftime lead to 46-17.

Sunnyside, after taking a 58-40 beating from defending state B champion La Salle last Friday, had three players score in double figures against Klickitat (4-3, 9-6).

Moreover, the Knights shut down the Vandals' top post scorers, holding Melissa Huwe and Aryn Davis to four and five points respectively.

Klickitat's leading scorer on the night was Trisheena Keys. She finished with 10 points.

At Riverside Christian 57, Trout Lake/Glenwood 29:

Big second and fourth quarters gave the Crusaders the advantage of the Mustangs last Saturday.

Riverside outscored TLG 16-5 in the second quarter and 16-7 in the fourth, improving to 5-1 in league and 12-3 overall.

Katie Yarnell's 10 points paced TLG (3-4, 6-8), which trailed 19-11 after one quarter and 35-16 at the half.

At Klickitat 63, Yakama Tribal 23:

Vandals seniors Trisheena Keys, Aryn Davis and Melissa Huwe all had big games last Friday, leading Klickitat to a much-needed GCB victory.

Keys scored 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting and had five rebounds, four steals and four assists for the Vandals, who took control of the contest with a 28-7 first-quarter outburst.

Davis furnished 15 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, while Huwe provided 17 points and seven boards. Kali Linville added eight rebounds, six points and four assists.

Riverside Christian 58, at Lyle 25:

The Cougars enjoyed a 13-12 first-quarter lead last Friday but neither their lead nor their enjoyment lasted nearly long enough.

"Riverside came back in the second quarter and put it to us, outscoring us by 22 in the quarter and taking the game into their hands," Cougars Coach Chris Barthlow noted.

Their 28-point second quarter gave the Crusaders a 40-19 halftime advantage.

Riverside built its lead by overwhelming Lyle's interior defense and converting most of its free-throw attempts.

"The really worked the ball into the middle and made some high-percentage shots that really put the game away for them," Barthlow said.

The Crusaders made sure the Cougars didn't come back by sinking 19 of 24 from the foul line.

Joelle Jackson and Kiera Murphy led Lyle (1-5, 3-10) with seven points and nine rebounds respectively. Jessica Struck chipped in with six points and six rebounds.

Klickitat 33, at Trout Lake/Glenwood 32:

Aryn Davis collected 20 rebounds, Trisheena Keys scored a game-high 13 points and the Vandals held on for the win Jan. 16.

Klickitat led 20-11 at halftime but TLG made it close by winning the second half 21-13.

Kim Poland had 10 points to take scoring honors for TLG.

Bickleton 38, at Lyle 37 (overtime):

A pair of free throws by Tricia McBride with 19 seconds left in overtime Jan. 16 lifted the Pirates over the Cougars.

Bickleton's Chelsey Mercer sent to game to OT with a field goal in the closing seconds of regulation.

Lyle led by six points with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter but couldn't put Bickleton away.

Coming out of a Bickleton timeout, Cougars Coach Chris Barthlow instructed his players "to run our offense and work time off the clock, since it was to our advantage."

The Cougars did that, got good shots but to no avail.

"Each time Bickleton got the rebound, the came down and scored," Barthlow said.

Bickleton completed its fourth-quarter comeback by outscoring Lyle 10-5 to tie the game at 30-30.

In the four-minute extra period, the Cougars built a three-point lead with just under 3 minutes to go but, again, the Pirates rallied.

After McBride's second free throw gave Bickleton a 38-37 lead, Lyle called time out to set up a game-winning shot.

"We ran the play, had a couple of good looks and a great shot that came up short," Barthlow said.

In the ensuing rebound battle, the ball went out off Lyle and "they inbounded teh ball and we couldn't foul them fast enough to stop the clock," he added.

For Lyle, it was a game in which it collected 27 offensive rebounds, resulting in a lot of "second-chance point opportunities and we couldn't get the ball in the bucket," Barthlow said.

In the end, it came down to free-throw shooting. Bickleton converted 10-of-25 at the foul line while Lyle made 9 of 19.

Game scoring and rebounding honors went to the Pirates' Katelynn Clinton. The eighth-grader put in 17 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and grabbed 20 rebounds.

Lyle's Joelle Jackson also posted a double-double, finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds, to go with five assists.

Jessica Struck added 12 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three assists for Lyle.

At Trout Lake/Glenwood 46, Lyle 44:

Kindra Van Laar scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Mustangs to victory in a non-league make-up game played last Thursday.

Kim Poland added 10 points for TLG, which led at every break in play: 13-10, 26-21 and 34-29.

For the Cougars, Joelle Jackson had 15 points, Kiera Murphy pulled down 10 rebounds and Jessica Struck made five assists.


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