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By Andrew Christiansen

Goldendale goes 2-0 in league play


Andrew Christiansen

MY BALL: Kirstin Twohy beats a Toppenish player to the ball in last week’s game in Goldendale.

Goldendale’s girls let it be known that they will be in the running for post-season action after defeating Cle Elum-Roslyn and Highland on the road this weekend. It was a satisfying end to a week that started with a 57-47 loss to tough defensive minded Toppenish team.

The Wildcats, a CWAC team took a while to get into gear hitting just 3-17 in the first quarter and collecting seven fouls that would come back to haunt them. Jessica Lewis spearheaded Goldendale’s offense with seven points, six rebounds and three trips to the foul line in the opening quarter. Crysta Counts hit a three and both ends of a pair of free throws to help Goldendale open a 15-7 lead.

As the second quarter opened, Toppenish began to earn dividends from their investment in a pressure defense. The Wildcats challenged the ball at every spot on the court and forced 12 Goldendale turnovers on their way to a 26-24 half time lead. Twelve more turnovers in the third quarter almost buried Goldendale, but the girls stayed within striking range.

Two Wildcats fouled out in the second half. In spite of the hot pace and 11 more turnovers by the Lady Wolves, the lead was cut to eight points with more than six minutes left, following a basket and foul shot by Madison Holbrook.

That was as close as it would get as Kaleea Zick hit a pair of three-point shots, finishing with a game high 25 points. Lewis finished with 16 points, Holbrook had 12 and Counts finished with eight points.

Goldendale 55

Cle Elum-Roslyn 45

Twelve was the magic number at Cle Elum as three Lady Timberwolves scored a dozen and Kirstin Twohy doubled up with 12 points and 12 points in the league opener. Counts was 4-5 beyond the arc for 12 points and Brooke Graff was 5-11 from the floor and 2-5 on free throws for her 12 points. Coach Jeff Fields was pleased with the improvement in ball control in the face of pressure, with fewer than half as many as against Toppenish where the team coughed up 44.

Goldendale 39

Highland 15

The long night of travel on Friday had the Lady Wolves dragging a little at Highland the next night. Both teams struggled to a 6-5 Scottie lead at the end of one quarter. Goldendale threw the ball away trying to score off the break and Highland turned it over forcing the ball inside to Reina Perez. Perez looked tough in the middle with a pair of blocked shots in the first quarter, but Fields credits Cheyenne Smith with “turning the energy around,” in the second quarter and Perez was no longer a factor in the game. Smith drew four fouls and pulled down four offensive and two defensive rebounds to spark the Timberwolves. Highland went scoreless in the second quarter, missing five shots from beyond the arc and four other shots.

The third quarter was even again, but Goldendale out-scored Highland 12-4 in the final quarter for an easy win. Goldendale killed the Scotties on the boards with a 54-17 rebounding edge. Twohy had 13, Haley Smith had nine and Cheyenne Smith finished with eight. Graff had another good shooting night going 4-6 for a team-leading nine points. Lewis scored eight points and Twohy had six.

Next up for the Lady Timberwolves is a home game against La Salle on Friday. The girls will break for Christmas vacation after the La Salle game and be in action again at the Holiday Challenge at Winlock on Dec. 27-28.

Toppenish 7 – 19 – 15 – 16 57

Goldendale 15 – 9 – 7 – 16 47

Goldendale – Lewis 16, Holbrook 12, Counts 8, Twohy 4, Ladiges 3, H. Smith 2, Graff 2.

Toppenish – Zick 25, Bremer 14, Garcia 8, Green 6, Godina 3, Lewis 1.

Goldendale 14 – 19 – 14 – 8 55

Cle Elum-Roslyn 16 – 8 – 5 – 16 45

Goldendale – Counts 12, Graff 12, Twohy 12, Lewis 9, C. Smith 4, Holbrook 2, H. Smith 2, Ladiges 2.

Warriors – Andrus 16, Ferguson 11, Owens 7, Creager 5, Fraser 3, Burchak 2, Sanders 1.

Goldendale 5 – 16 – 5 – 12 39

Highland 6 – 0 – 5 – 4 15

Goldendale – Graff 9, Lewis 8, Twohy 6, C. Smith 5, Holbrook 4, Counts 3, H. Smith 2, Ladiges 2.


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