Goldendale girls earn first SCAC win
O THE BASKET: Allison Gilliam gets past a Highland defender and looks to score.
Without senior forward Ocean Bryan, Goldendale's girls hoops team knew points would be at a premium during Saturday's South Central Athletic Conference matchup against the Highland Scotties.
And that was the case in the first quarter as Goldendale went down 13-3 after the opening eight minutes. However, led by a balanced scoring attack, they were able to bounce back over the final three periods en route to a 43-38 win at home over the Scotties.
Led by 12 points from freshman forward Kristin Bighorn and nine points each from junior guards Allison Gilliam and Aimee Bartkowski, the Timberwolves outscored the Scotties in each the last three quarters, including surrendering just 12 points over the middle quarters, as they earned their first league win this season.
In a game somewhat similar to Goldendale's SCAC opener on the road at Highland (a 54-48 loss) on Dec. 13, this time it was the Timberwolves that emerged with a win despite missing one of the top players in the conference.
In their first meeting with the Scotties, the Timberwolves seemed on their way to a win after going up 18-10 after the first quarter. But that was before Bryan and Gilliam left the game with injuries. After that, the Scotties went on to win behind 19 points from Liliana Pimentel.
On Saturday, Goldendale held Pimentel to just four points and was able to turn momentum slightly on its side after a strong effort on the offensive boards from Bighorn in the second quarter.
Bartkowski knocked down a 3-pointer three minutes into the first quarter, but Goldendale was held scoreless the rest of the opening eight minutes. Bighorn drew a few fouls after grabbing offensive boards and scored on a putback in the second, and the Timberwolves also got buckets from senior forward Hailey Bigbie and junior guard Sierra Plum in the quarter as they narrowed their deficit to four (19-15) entering halftime.
The Timberwolves came out of the break and almost immediately evened the score after two set plays where Bigbie and Bartkowski were able to get open directly underneath the hoop for two easy lay-ins. Then, after a few scoreless minutes, took their first lead of the game when Bighorn grabbed an offensive board and scored.
Highland tied the game moments later with two free throws, but a Gilliam lay-in with 2:15 left in the quarter put the Timberwolves up for good. Goldendale held Highland to just six points over the third quarter to grab, and keep the lead.
Goldendale increased its lead to as many as nine in the fourth and held off the Scotties despite two players fouling out in the final period.
Goldendale 3 12 12 16 - 43
Highland 13 6 6 13 - 38
Goldendale: Bighorn 12, Gilliam 9, Bartkowski 9, Bigbie 8, Plum 5.
Granger too much for Goldendale
A pair of young Goldendale fans take in the action during Saturday's game against Highland.
On Friday, the No. 6 Class 1A team based on the WIAA RPI rankings was too much as Goldendale fell 66-34 to the Spartans.
Granger scored 54 points in the first half and received five 3-pointers from Alexis Castro in the first 16 minutes.
Kristin Bighorn led the Timberwolves with eight points, and four others scored six each.
Goldendale 10 4 6 14 - 66
Granger 28 24 14 8 - 34
Goldendale: Kr. Bighorn 8, Ke. Bighorn 6, Bartkowski 6, Gilliam 6, Bryan 6, Bigbie 2.