In the first game of the Columbia Gorge Holiday Classic on Monday in Stevenson, Columbia High’s girls basketball team played at times like it was starting the 2008-09 season anew.
The Bruins—playing their first game in two weeks—spotted the Goldendale Timberwolves the game’s first seven points and trailed by double digits from the end of the first quarter on en route to a 59-37 loss.
The closest Columbia got to Goldendale (4-2) after the 13-3 first quarter was 45-31 on a 3-point play by Taryn Struck with 6:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Lacey Kruse led the Bruins in scoring with 14 points, including 10 in the third quarter, when Columbia (4-3) pulled within 16 of the Timberwolves, 42-26.
Michelle McMillen and Aleigha Rude each added six points for CHS, Struck chipped in five, and Adrianne DeLay and Rachel Connolly accounted for three apiece.
Columbia High 49, Lyle/-Wishram 18: At Stevenson, the Bruins led from start to finish on their way to Tuesday’s tournament victory over the Cougars.
Columbia’s Lacey Kruse led all scorers with 20 points. The 6-foot senior center had 12 in the first half to help the Bruins (5-3) establish a 25-4 advantage.
In the first quarter, Kruse dominated in the low post, scoring the first four points and the last four. When the period ended, she had 12 points and Columbia held a 13-2 lead.
The Bruins spread the ball around more in the second quarter, getting points from five players.
Laurel Huth opened the quarter with a 3-pointer that ignited a 10-point CHS run.
Aleigha Rude followed with a basket from the low post, Adrianne DeLay hit for 3 and Taryn Struck capped the surge by scoring off a feed from Michelle McMillen.
McMillen then closed out first-half scoring by laying in a pass from DeLay at the end of a fastbreak.
In the third quarter, Lyle/Wishram (4-4) enjoyed its most success at the offensive end.
Sparked by Tasha Gidley’s five points off the bench—including her 3-pointer that cut Lyle/Wishram’s deficit to 34-15—the Cougars tallied 11 in the quarter.
Columbia held its own, however, getting five points from Rude, four from Kruse and a 3-pointer by Rachel Connolly to extend its lead to 37-15.
All told, eight CHS players scored in the game. Among them, Huth and Rude each finished with seven points and McMillen added five.
For Lyle/Wishram, Brittany Price scored six points and Karlee Roth and Gidley each had five.
Stevenson 36, Lyle/Wishram 31: The host Bulldogs out-scored the Cougars by nine points in the second half Monday to earn the opening-round victory.
Stevenson trailed 17-13 at halftime but seized the advantage in the third quarter to lead 24-23 entering the final period.
Chelsea Zibolski’s 14 points were tops for Stevenson (3-4), which got outscored from the field, 31-28, but made up the difference by sinking 8-of-23 free throws and not allowing Lyle/Wishram to get to the foul line.
Brittany Price had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars (4-3), Taylor Freemantle tallied 10 rebounds and five assists, and Tosha Cloud added eight points and seven rebounds.
Griswold 50, Klickitat 37: The host Grizzlies outscored the Vandals 29-12 in the middle quarters of their first-round game at the Helix (Ore.) Holiday Classic Monday.
Klickitat (3-4) led 8-7 after one quarter but succumbed to Griswold’s defensive pressure in the second and third periods, falling behind 21-16 by halftime and trailing 36-20 entering the final frame.
Samantha Brewer paced the Vandals, finishing with a game-high 20 and 11 rebounds.
Zoe Lindner added 11 points for Klickitat, which was scheduled to play Waitsburg/-Prescott—a 44-24 first-round loser to Imbler, Ore.—for third place on Tuesday.