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Lyle/Wishram girls start new season 2-0

Lyle/Wishram senior Morgan Machado reaches for the ball to complete a steal she initiated in the first quarter of last Friday's non-league home game against Stevenson. The host Cougars pulled away from the Bulldogs in the second en route to a 61-34 victory.

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Lyle/Wishram senior Morgan Machado reaches for the ball to complete a steal she initiated in the first quarter of last Friday's non-league home game against Stevenson. The host Cougars pulled away from the Bulldogs in the second en route to a 61-34 victory.



The first weekend of prep girls basketball games is in the books.

Lyle/Wishram led the way, posting a couple of non-league wins. Trout Lake split a pair of non-league games, while Klickitat lost its season opener.

Lyle/Wishram 51, at Arlington, Ore. 39: The Cougars outscored the Honkers 19-6 in the second quarter last Saturday to mount a 19-point halftime lead they only slightly relinquished in the second half.

Lyle/Wishram led 19-13 after one quarter and 38-19 at the half.

Lacy Carse scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Cougars. She tallied 10 of them in the opening quarter. Carse also finished with four steals and four assists.

MaeLynn Luke came up sevens in points, rebounds, steals, and assists to complement Carse’s all-around performance.

Delores Spino rounded up a team-best 12 rebounds (she also scored six points), Ellie Smith had eight rebounds to go with seven points, and Alex Cloud chipped in eight points, a career high; six of them in the pivotal second quarter.

“Arlington was a tough team, and the game was much closer than the score indicates,” Cougars Coach Joe Bales said. “They out-rebounded us (46-42), and it was our pressure defense that won the game for us, even though it also had us in foul trouble all night long.”

At Trout Lake 36, Columbia JV 28: Beyyine Ozkan scored a career-best 22 points last Saturday to lift the Mus-tangs to a non-league victory over the Columbia High junior varsity.

Mustangs Coach Doug Dearden noted that neither team sustained a consistent offense in a game that was tied 7-7 after one quarter.

The Junior Bruins never led but pulled within 4 points in the fourth quarter before a couple of baskets by Ozkan sealed the deal for the Mustangs (1-1).

Dearden noted that the Mustangs’ defensive effort against the Junior Bruins was solid, while their offensive effort was lacking consistency, something the team planned to work on in practice this week before setting out for a weekend tournament in Enterprise, Ore.

Stevenson 52, at Klickitat 37: A 12-point first-quarter deficit proved to be too much for the Vandals to overcome in their non-league game last Saturday against the Bulldogs.

The Vandals rallied in the second quarter to pull within 29-21 by halftime, but lost the second half 23-16 in dropping their season opener.

The 14 points scored by Klickitat’s Mackenzie Tuthill led all scorers.

Bailee Green had 12 points and Julianna Quinton added 11 for the Vandals.

At Lyle/Wishram 61, Stevenson 34: A 9-0 run to start the second quarter last Friday propelled the Cougars to a season-opening victory over the Bulldogs.

That run triggered a big second quarter for the Cougars, who used it to extend their lead to 20-9. By halftime, their lead had grown to 13 points (28-15). They pulled away in the second half, outscoring the visitors 33-19.

MaeLynn Luke’s 17 points led all scorers in the game. She also recorded seven rebounds and seven steals.

Ellie Smith chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Kiya Childers scored 11 points, and Lacy Carse totaled 10 points, 11 assists, six re-bounds, and six steals. Delores Spino came off the bench to provide nine rebounds, six points, and three steals.

“It was a nice way to start the season,” Cougars Coach Joe Bales said. “Stevenson was physical, and it was a rough-and-tumble type of game,” but the Cougars still won the rebound battle, 48-37, and collected 23 steals and 23 assists in 32 minutes of action.

At Southwest Christian 34, Trout Lake 28: McKinzie Wurtz had 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Beyyine Ozkan scored 13 points last Friday in a losing effort at Beaverton.

The Mustangs trailed 14-0 in the first half before going on a 17-2 run that gave them a 17-16 halftime lead. The third quarter went back and forth but Trout Lake clung to its 1-point lead entering the final eight minutes of play.

In the fourth, though, some missed layups down the stretch proved to be the difference in a close game, Mustangs Coach Doug Dearden said.

“I was happy with our defensive play, which especially stepped up in the second quarter and allowed us to get back in the game,” Dearden noted. “In the end, when you spot someone 14 points, it takes a lot of energy in order to come back. Perhaps this was a factor in the fourth quarter.”



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