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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Vandals boys, girls fall in GCL openers

 

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JUMP SHOT: Klickitat-Glenwood senior Rylee Holycross pulls up for a jumper over the arms of Yakama Tribal's StarSun Billy on Friday in Toppenish.

The Klickitat-Glenwood Vandals hung tough on the road with the Yakama Tribal School Eagles in the first quarter of Friday's Greater Columbia League opener, but the depth and quickness of the home team was too much as K-G fell 82-45.

It was tough to find a weakness against Yakama Tribal, who entered the game as the No. 4 ranked team in the recently released WIAA RPI rankings. The Eagles have, as Yogi Berra would say "deep depth," the ability to stretch the floor with accurate long-range shooters, and blazing quickness in its ability to pester with a full-court press defense or get to the basket quickly on offense in transition.

The Vandals started quick after 3-pointers from sophomore Hunter Dawson and junior Easton Atchley and later knotted the game at 12 midway through the quarter after another bucket from Atchley, but back-to-back triples from the Eagles gave the host team the lead for good.

The Eagles increased their lead to 25-16 after the first quarter, and held the Vandals to just eight points in the second and entered halftime leading 27-24.

The Vandals were able to break the Eagles' press with success for a lot of the night, but had some trouble scoring after getting the ball past half court. Yakama Tribal was just everywhere on defense. Swarming for steals and jumping the passing lanes for easy transition baskets.

Vandals' big man Jeremiah Larson was a force on the boards, gobbling up rebounds with his 6-foot-5 frame and extremely long arms. He also led Klickitat-Glenwood's scoring charge with 15 points including an 11-13 effort from the free-throw line.

After Friday's loss, the Vandals were again on the road for a meeting with the Trout Lake Mustangs. Klickitat-Glenwood handled the Mustangs 50-31.

They return to action at home on Friday against Bickleton at 7:30 p.m. and play at Sunnyside Christian at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Girls game

The Klickitat-Glenwood girls hoops team ran into a tough Yakama Tribal School squad with depth, quickness and a tough press defense during its Greater Columbia League opening 65-37 loss to the Eagles on Friday in Toppenish.

A tough opening quarter where the Eagles' press was in full effect made it hard for the Vandals to get the ball past half court.

Going down a basket early, Klickitat-Glenwood's Kinley Troh scored on a putback to even the score at 2, but the Vandals weren't able to get another field goal to fall in the first quarter and fell behind 22-4 after the opening eight minutes.

Their offense picked up the pace in the second where senior Mackenzie Tuthill scored nine of the teams 12 points in the frame but Tribal also was able to keep its offense ing 40-16.

However, despite falling behind big in the first half, first-year Vandals head coach Adam McFall was pleased with what he saw from his team the rest of the way.

"Nobody gave up even though we went down 40-16 at halftime," McFall said.

The Vandals continued to battle throughout the second half. Sprinting up the court and back on defense, diving for loose balls while still giving a complete effort.

They fought hard until the end, and Tuthill was shaken up after hitting the floor on a shot attempt in the fourth quarter and left the game shortly. She returned to finish the game, and finished with a team-best 21 points.

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SPLITTING THE DEFENSE: Klickitat-Glenwood senior Mackenzie Tuthill goes strong to the basket against Yakama Tribal School on Friday in Toppenish.

For the Vandals, it was a tough way to open league play against the No. 22 ranked team among Class 1B schools in the state according to WIAA's new RPI rankings, which takes statistics such as opponents winning percentage and strength of schedule into effect.

After Friday, the Vandals returned to the court for another road contest in Trout Lake, and topped the Mustangs 50-31 to start conference play at 1-1.

Saturday's game was played early in the afternoon to beat the heavy snowfall.

The Vandals girls return to the court for a Friday meeting at home with Bickleton at 6 p.m. before traveling to Sunnyside Christian on Saturday with gametime set for 4:30 p.m.

 

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