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By Andrew Christiansen

Knights come from behind to finish Sunnyside Christian


Andrew Christiansen

INJURIES: Lyle-Wishram lost guards Jacob Armour (number 22, above) and Ricky Wolff (number 20, below) during the game against Sunnyside Christian. Armour was inadvertently poked in the eye after securing a rebound. He was expected to play in the next round game. Wolff reportedly broke his ankle as he and a teammate came down with a rebound at the end of the third quarter.

Lyle-Wishram and Sunnyside Christian locked horns for the fourth time last Friday in the championship round of the District 5, 1B tournament in Zillah. The Knights owned two blow-out wins over the Cougars, but were pushed to overtime before winning on Jan. 26. It was a much anticipated rematch and the teams made it worth the price of admission in a close battle from start to finish, ending in a 45-40 Knight win.

Lyle-Wishram earned the right to a rematch by defeating Bickleton 59-40 on Tuesday in White Salmon. Bickleton gave the Cougars all they could ask for in the first half, trailing 27-21 after fighting off a couple of Lyle-Wishram attempts to pull away with Ricky Wolff and Jonathan Von Ahn leading Cougar surges. Mitch Powers kept the Pirates going with a pair of three point shots and eight points in the second quarter.

Trouble for the Pirates came early in the second half as the Cougars got serious on the offense board with a 5-2 rebounding edge in the early going which translated into six put-back points from Von Ahn, Gabe Montoya and Justin Mills. Bickleton struggled with 1-6 shooting on three-point shots in the third quarter and Jacob Armour dropped a dagger into the Pirates’ heart with a three point shot with two minutes left in the quarter. Bickleton was unable to challenge from that point on, missing another nine three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

The loss ended the Pirates’ season with a 13-10 record. Powers led the Pirates with 18 points while Von Ahn had 13 to go with three other Cougars who scored in double digits.

Friday’s game at Zillah had some ebb and flow in the first half. It took a desperation three-pointer from Darnell Luke to get the Cougars to a 15-9 deficit at the end of the first quarter. Sunnyside Christian clamped down on Von Ahn, who didn’t get a shot off in the first quarter and was fouled on both of his shots in the second quarter. Brant Bosma had six points in the first quarter to lead the Knights, who were 7-12 from the floor.

Lyle-Wishram did a good job of ball control in the second quarter and while neither team shot well in the quarter, the Cougars were 6-7 from the foul line and they had key three-point shots from Jacob Armour and Justin Mills, forcing the Knights to tighten their outside coverage. The second shot, by Mills, evened the score with 1:27 left in the half. The next time he shot, he was fouled and made all three free throws to give the Cougars a 23-19 half-time lead.

The teams were on an even keel in the second half with end-to-end action and only three turnovers for the Cougars and zero for the Knights. The turnovers and rebounding edge gave the Knights a 17-9 edge on attempted shots in the third quarter. Sunnyside Christian tested the Cougar defense inside and out, finally taking the lead on a Joel Martin three-pointer with 2:40 left in the quarter. Cody Carse tied the game a minute later with his own three-point shot from the corner.

Sophomore Darren Broersma entered the game late in the third quarter and made an immediate impression, gathering up an offensive rebound and scoring. As the buzzer sounded to end the quarter, Ricky Wolff hit the floor while battling for a rebound. He would leave the game with a serious ankle injury, leaving Lyle-Wishram without two key players, as Jacob Armour left earlier with a scratched eye.

The Knights came out in the fourth quarter, determined to force the inside game against the Cougars. They continued to out-rebound (12-6) and out-shoot (13-11) the Cougars, but the Knights would only score seven points in the quarter. The loss of Wolff and Armour changed the Cougar attack and with Broersma at 6-5, Drew Scheenstra at 6-5 and Brandon Broersma at 6-7, it was difficult for the Cougars to shoot from inside. Many of the Cougars’ shots were forced against coverage and slapped away by the big guys. But the inside investment paid off with 3:53 left in the game as Brandon Broersma fouled out. Von Ahn made both shots to draw the Cougars within five points at 39-34. But there would be no upset as the best Lyle-Wishram could do was to cut the lead to 43-40 on a foul shot by Gabe Montoya with 11 seconds left in the game. Von Ahn and Bosma were the leading scorers in the game, each with 11 points.

Both teams advance to the combined District 4/5 playoffs. They could be headed for another rematch, which would be their fifth of the year. Lyle-Wishram played against Wishkah Valley on Tuesday night in Elma. The winner of that game will play Columbia Adventist on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in Montesano. The Cougars split with the Kodiaks during the season. Sunnyside Christian plays the winner of the Lake Quinault versus Three Rivers Christian game. The Knights play on Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. in Montesano.

In other District 5 action, Yakama Tribal girls rolled over Lyle-Wishram girls 47-34 in White Salmon to claim a District 4/5 playoff spot. Melannie Belly owned the boards with 10 rebounds in the second half, as the Eagles put some distance between them and the Cougars. Yakama Tribal shot 10-31 in the final half versus just 4-33 for the Cougars.

In the battle for seeding, Sunnyside Christian girls had no trouble with the Eagles, winning the District 5 title 66-21, Friday in Zillah. Stormee Van Belle scored 18 points as four Knights were in double figures. Lynndel Wapsheli scored 12 for Yakama Tribal.

The Lady Knights play the same schedule as the boys from Sunnyside Christian. They will play Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. against the winner of Lake Quinault versus Three Rivers Christian. Yakama Tribal played on Tuesday at Elma against the Wishkah Valley girls in a loser out game. The winner plays Columbia Adventist girls on Feb. 16 in Montesano at 5:30 p.m.

The winner of the Feb. 16 games will advance to the Regional round of the State playoffs. Taholah’s boys and girls are the number one seeded teams from the combined District 4/5 playoffs by virtue of their wins over Columbia Adventist on Saturday. The Feb. 16 games will determine the second and third seeds from the combined District.


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