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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Lyle-Wishram boys beat Trout Lake Goldendale, girls fall to Timberwolves

 

January 17, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram forward Jeramiah Osterander grabs a rebound during Tuesday's win over the Timberwolves.

The Lyle-Wishram Cougars boys hoops team bounced back from a loss to the tough Yakama Tribal Eagles with a 71-62 win over Trout Lake, and was set for the second meeting with the Goldendale Timberwolves.

The Cougars matched up with the Wolves on Tuesday night in Goldendale, but results weren't available at press time.

Prior to their nonconference contest against Goldendale, the Cougars played their second opponent in as many weeks that is ranked in the top five among Class 1B schools.

The Cougars were at home in Lyle for last Saturday's 67-40 loss to the Eagles, and couldn't stop the lightning quick Tribal team that looks to run at every opportunity.

The Eagles' full court press also was tough for the Cougs to break at times. They played tight, in-your-face defense all the way up the court, picking off passes and taking them the other way for easy layins. Lyle-Wishram head coach Josh Padgett said the Cougs were forced into 10 or so turnovers in the first quarter.

The Cougars, who have struggled with starting games slow this season, had a tough first quarter in which they fell behind 25-8. They returned with better second and third quarters, outscoring Tribal 16-12 in the third, but the Eagles had already built a big enough lead in the first half.

Cougars 8 10 16 6 - 40

Eagles 25 14 12 16 - 67

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Riley Mills 14, Kurtis Billette 10, DaSean Leslie 5, Andrew Carlock 4, Randy Hubbard 3, Brandon Montoya 3, Jarren Leslie 1.

Saturday

The Cougars were away from home for the first of two contests against the new-look Trout Lake squad, staging a fourth-quarter comeback for a 71-62 Greater Columbia Gorge League win over the Mustangs.

Trailing by seven points with around five minutes left in the game, Billette checked in and provided a spark the team needed. The junior knocked down some 3-pointers, came up with a key steal, and helped push the team to the win.

Padgett actually wasn't in attendance after receiving two technical fouls in the Tribal game, and assistant coach and former Goldendale graduate Brent Cameron led the team to the win.

DaSean Leslie and Montoya both bounced back strongly after having trouble with the Tribal guards, and four Cougars finished with double figures in points.

The Cougs went up by eight points entering halftime, but a slow third quarter and slow start to the fourth gave the Mustangs the lead.

Cougars 13 24 8 26 - 71

Mustangs 13 16 14 19 - 62

Lyle-Wishram scoring: DaSean Leslie 16, Montoya 14, Billette 14, Mills 13, Hubbard 6, Carlock 5, Jarren Leslie 2.

Up next

The Cougs were in Goldendale on Tuesday night, and sweeped the season series with the Timberwolves after a 68-43 win.

Mills caught fire and connected five times from 3-point range, finishing with a game-best 24 points, and Billette added 18 points.

The Cougs forced the Timberwolves into 25 turnovers, and hit 10 3-pointers on offense.

The Lyle-Wishram girls fell to the Timberwolves 64-30 behind strong games from junior Larissa McConville and senior Shakira Kelly.

McConville led all scorers on Tuesday with 19 points, converting a few 3-point plays, and Kelly was a force defensively in the paint. She kept the Goldendale forwards at bay, blocking eight shots and making sure that no baskets came easy under the hoop.

In the boys first meeting in Lyle on Dec. 20, the Timberwolves jumped out to a 19-11 first quarter lead, but Lyle-Wishram battled back for the 62-56 win.

After Tuesday's contest, the Cougs are back at home on Friday for the second of two meetings with the top ranked Class 1B team, Sunnyside Christian.

Padgett is hoping his team can play strong from start to finish, and give the Knights all they can handle.

"I'm really looking forward to the second matchup with Sunnyside," Padgett said. "We need to stay focused for 32 minutes."

 

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