Trout Lake/Glenwood moved closer to clinching the Greater Columbia B League 1B Division's No. 2 seed in this month's Yakima Valley District Class 1B girls basketball tournament.
The Eagle Mustangs did so by defeating Klickitat--one of their rivals for the second position--55-35 last Friday in Trout Lake.
Kindra Van Laar and Katie Yarnell each scored 14 points for TLG to share game-high honors. TLG Coach Roger Huffsmith said Van Laar did most of her damage from the perimeter and the foul line while Yarnell got most of her points on second-shot opportunities.
Megan Anderson tallied 12 points, including six of TLG's first 12, Dave'y Lumley netted five, Liz Vogt added four and Heather Huffsmith chipped in three.
For Klickitat, Samantha Brewer totaled 12 points and blocked 11 TLG shots, and Kali Fargher put in 10 points.
Trout Lake/Glenwood held a 12-8 edge after the first quarter but pushed the lead to 22-10 by halftime with a strong defensive effort in the second period.
In the second half, the Eagle Mustangs continued to pull away from the Vandals, who got outscored 33-25 after the halftime intermission.
Huffsmith cited his team's free-throw shooting as a factor in the victory. Anderson and Van Laar both made 100 percent of their attempts from the foul line.
TLG's coach also praised Yarnell for her defense and offensive rebounding, Liz Vogt for her defense against Brewer and Stephanie Anderson for her all-around contributions.
At Yakama Tribal 41, Lyle/Wishram 26:
The host Eagles established a 22-4 lead by the end of the first quarter of Monday's Greater Columbia B League crossover game in Toppenish.
"Yakama came out ready to play," said Cougars Coach Chris Barthlow. "Their transition game was really working good. We tried everything on defense to stop them but they just picked away and got some good shots."
The Eagles led 26-10 by halftime and were up 35-12 after three quarters. The Cougars got some of that back in the fourth when they outscored their hosts, 14-6.
Lexi Becker had a career-high 17 rebounds for Lyle/Wishram, which out-rebounded Tribal by 18 (plus 14 on the offensive end). Treane Wells also had a big night for the Cougars with 11 rebounds.
Teaera Churchwell led Lyle/Wishram with seven points, and Becker, Tosha Cloud and Wells each scored four. Brittany Price contributed five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The big problem for the Cougars was their inability to take advantage of their many second-chance opportunities. As a team, they shot 12 for 69 from the floor and were 2 for 11 from the foul line.
Noted Barthlow: "We had problems making shots from three feet and in."
Candice Eyle led Yakama Tribal with 15 points.
Riverside Christian 59, at Lyle/Wishram 18:
The visiting Crusaders opened up a 37-6 lead by halftime of last Friday's GCB 2B Division matchup in Lyle.
Riverside set the tone for the outcome in the first quarter, pounding its offensive backboard for several second-chance scores and turning numerous takeaways into transition baskets. By the end of the first quarter the Crusaders led 20-4.
The Cougars' best quarter was the fourth in which they scored 10 points.
Standouts for Lyle/Wishram included Tosha Cloud (4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals) and Lexi Becker (6 rebounds).
Sarah Haak paced Riverside--which hit on 25 of 63 from the field and 8-of-12 free throws--with a game-high 16 points and Amy Van Beek turned in a strong all-around performance with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
At Sunnyside Christian 52, Trout Lake/Glenwood 26:
The Eagle Mustangs will have to wait until district tournament play for another chance at realizing one of their team's season goals.
That's because Trout Lake/Glenwood lost its rematch with the GCB's 1B Division leader Jan. 24 and remained winless against Sunnyside Christian.
But it was close for a while--a long while--as TLG, after a one-point first quarter, got its offense untracked in the second and pulled within 21-15 by halftime.
The top-ranked Knights doubled their lead in the third quarter, however, and pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the Eagle Mustangs, 21-7.
Katie Yarnell led TLG with seven points, Liz Vogt scored six and Dave'y Lumley had five.
For Sunnyside Christian, Melanie Van Wingerden posted a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds.