Goldendale boys crush Highland
With Saturday's South Central Athletic Conference home game with Highland already decided early in the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves' bench went nuts throughout the final period as Goldendale's reserves made big play after big play in its 64-28 win over the Scotties.
Senior guard Will Bostick knocked down two 3-pointers and had a big-time block on the other side of the floor. Senior guard Jacob Hiebert connected on a double clutch lay-in and also scored from beyond the arc and freshman forward Corbin Bland sacrificed his body and hit the floor hard while diving for a ball headed out of bounds, saving it and giving Goldendale an extra possession.
Goldendale continues to sit in third place of the SCAC West standings and looks poised to reach, and make a run in the district tournament early next month.
The Timberwolves struggles at times offensively throughout the opening half after senior guard Jess Beierle went to the bench early in the game after picking up two quick fouls. However, they started quick in the third after Beierle returned and put the game away early with a strong offensive and defensive performance in the third quarter.
Goldendale started the quarter on a 9-2 run and didn't let up. Beierle scored nine points in the period, including connecting from beyond the arc, while the Wolves outscored the Scotties 19-4 over the eight minutes.
They didn't stop in the fourth after the game was out of reach. The two senior reserve guards, Bostick and Hiebert, combined to score 13 points in the final quarter, nine coming from downtown, as Goldendale completed the season sweep of Highland.
While Beierle was on the bench for the majority of the first half, junior forwards Alex Mains and Conner Doubravsky handled much of the scoring load for the Timberwolves. Mains got the Wolves on the board with a putback just over a minute into the game, and scored nine in the opening half while Doubravsky scored seven.
Mains finished with a team-best 13 and Doubravsky had 11 points in a very balanced scoring attack for the Wolves.
Goldendale matched up with the Lyle-Wishram Cougars on Tuesday in a rescheduled game, but results were unavailable at press time.
Goldendale fell on the road to La Salle 55-47 on Dec. 17 and lost to the Leopards at home 83-44 on Dec. 20. The Leopards, at 11-0 overall, are currently the No. 2 ranked Class 1A team based on the WIAA RPI rankings which takes strength of schedule and opponents winning percentage, among other things, into effect. To see the list of rankings, visit http://www.wiaa.com/dirrpiz14.aspx.
Goldendale 17 11 19 17 - 64
Highland 9 8 4 7 - 28
Goldendale: Mains 13, Doubravsky 11, Beierle 9, Bostick 8, Hiebert 7, Gunkel 5, Bischoff 5, Bland 4, Vega 2.
Spartans stop Wolves
Leading 17-14 entering the second quarter, the Spartans came out hot, scoring 26 points in the quarter while holding the Timberwolves to 10 to take a 43-24 lead into halftime.
From there, Granger was able to comfortably hold the lead and finish the game without threat, despite only scoring five points in the fourth quarter.
Goldendale also scored just five points over the final eight minutes, but was hurt all game by hitting just 32 percent of its shots. The Spartans were able to connect on 49 percent of their shots and hit 6 3-pointers.
Goldendale 14 10 9 5 - 38
Granger 17 26 17 5 - 65
Goldendale: Beierle 14, Mains 8, Doubravsky 6, Bischoff 5, Bostick 3, Gunkel 2.
Granger: Slade 18, Soliz 11, Diaz 9, Smith 8, Price 5, Nava 5, Stewart 4, Cochran 3, Alvarez 2.