Lacey Kruse and Ericka Ziegler combined for 29 points and 22 rebounds last Thursday in Columbia High's 54-34 girls basketball road victory over SWW 1A Trico Division opponent Kalama.
Kruse led the way with 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Ziegler had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven steals for the second-place Bruins, who built a 16-8 lead by the end of the first quarter but led just 24-18 at halftime.
In the third quarter, however, Columbia went back to work on the inside and soon had its lead back up to double digits. By quarter's end, the Bruins held a 38-25 advantage.
They then secured the victory by outscoring the Chinooks, 16-7, in the final quarter.
Columbia won for the 14th time in 18 outings despite getting out-rebounded, 38-37, and missing 11 layin attempts, turning the ball over 22 times and making just 12-of-36 free throws in the game.
Laurel Huth added nine points for the winning team, Michelle McMillen chipped in with seven points and three assists, and Shannon McNallan furnished a stat line of seven steals, five rebounds and three points.
Haley Bellows paced Kalama with nine points and 12 rebounds.
Columbia High 57, at Stevenson 26:
The Bruins started fast and finished strong last Thursday, wrapping up a sweep of their season series with the Bulldogs.
Columbia mounted a 19-4 first-quarter lead, increased that to 30-15 by halftime and closed out the victory by outscoring Stevenson, 31-11, in the second half.
Ericka Ziegler's 21 points led all scorers on a night eight of nine CHS players who saw action got into the scoring column.
Laurel Huth scored eight points, while Adrianne DeLay, Lacey Kruse and Michelle McMillen each had six.
For Stevenson, Chelsea Zibolsky netted six points, and Mandy Pickelsimer and Rebekah Hodges each put in five.