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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Yakama Tribal too tough for Klickwood in GCGL showdown

 

January 10, 2018

JARYD CLINE

MIDRANGE GAME: Klickwood senior Derrick Green takes a shot on Friday in Glenwood.

Both the Klickwood Eagles girls and boys teams had a tough time with the quick, Yakama Tribal Eagles during Friday's Greater Columbia Gorge League contests in Glenwood. Both Yakama Tribal teams are ranked inside the top 20 among Class 1B teams according to the WIAA RPI rankings, which is based off of win percentage, opponents' win percentage, opponents' opponents' win percentage, and strength of schedule. The Klickwood girls knew the Eagles would be a tough matchup by looking at their recent games, but led by a big scoring night from freshman guard Naheliegh Schuster, the home team didn't go away easily. Schuster repeatedly was able to get free for easy layins throughout the game, while the team also got contributions from all around. Junior Kinley Troh canned a 3-pointer and had a couple late baskets, sophomore Kaitlynn Spino was aggressive underneath offensively and defensively, and the Eagles kept battling even when faced with the double digit deficit. The Eagle boys, the Klickwood Eagle boys that is, also had their work cut out with a pair of starters injured against the No. 7 Class 1B team. With junior big man Jerry Larson and senior scorer Easton Atchley out for the game, they also were in for a tough 32 minutes. But Friday in Glenwood looked more like a track meet as the Yakama Eagles got out and ran at every opportunity. They brought a handful of tough defensive looks and have many different scoring options offensively that can give teams fits. Not having Atchley to run point against the press also made it very tough for all the young Klickwood ball handlers. However, Atchley is expected back very soon and will be playing limited minutes. The senior has been a standout since he was eligible to play varsity basketball, and should bring a big boost to the team's scoring. Both Klickwood teams fell the next day to much improved Trout Lake teams. Klickwood is just getting started in Greater Columbia Gorge League, and has a pair of matchups this weekend against Bickleton on Friday and at home against Sunnyside Christian on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.

 

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