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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Girls hang with Rangers early but fall 60-40

 

January 10, 2018

JARYD CLINE

TRIPLE THREAT: Goldendale junior guard Kelli Bighorn looks to make a play from the triple threat position during the team's loss to Naches on Jan. 6. Bighorn had a four-point play against the Rangers last Saturday.

The Goldendale girls, playing again without senior Allison Gilliam, hung tough with rival Naches but were overwhelmed down the stretch in the 60-40 loss.With Gilliam missing her sixth straight game, it took a little while in the first quarter for the Timberwolves to find a rhythm. They were having some trouble turning the ball over without their point guard, and were doing an OK job on the boards against the bigger Ranger team. Falling behind 5-0 early in the first, junior Kelli Bighorn hit both free throws in a 1-1 situation, and later added another pair of freebies that gave the team an early 9-5 edge. Naches scored the last six points in the quarter though, and held the lead for the majority of the second. Senior Aimee Bartkowski went on the offensive in the second period, hitting nine free throws and also converting an old fashion three-point play. She momentarily gave the team a 20- 19 lead with six seconds until halftime, but the Rangers were able to beat the buzzer for a 21-20 halftime lead.

After the break, it was all Rangers though. They scored the first 10 points of the quarter and led by as many as 16 points before the fourth quarter. On the first possession of the fourth quarter, Bighorn fired away from beyond the arc, was hit on the arm while shooting, but still got the shot to fall. She hit the free throw for the rare four-point play that brought the Wolves within 11 at 41-30 early in the quarter. However, Goldendale didn't get any closer to the lead, and the Rangers won in Goldendale after falling last year. After dropping the game to the Rangers, the Wolves were on the road in White Swan on Tuesday, but results weren't available by press time.

 

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