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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Shorthanded girls fall to Granger, Highland over the weekend, beat Cougs at home Tuesday

 

January 17, 2018

John Longfellow

Goldendale senior Sierra Plum concentrates on the basket while shooting a free throw during Friday's game against the Spartans.

The Goldendale girls, once again playing shorthanded over the weekend with senior guard Allison Gilliam closing in on missing her 10th game, fell in a pair of league contests at home against Granger on Friday before falling in Cowiche to the Scotties on Saturday.

The Timberwolves fell at home to the Spartans 58-18 and couldn't get things going on the road against Highland in the 48-9 loss that dropped the team to 3-9 overall and 1-6 in South Central Athletic Conference West play.

Granger entered the game as the No. 15 ranked Class 1A team according to the WIAA RPI Rankings, and now sits in a tie for third place in the SCAC West standings.

The Timberwolves held the Spartans off the scoreboard for most of the game's first three minutes, but found out that the Spartans can put up points in a hurry. Granger's defense also held Goldendale without a field goal in the first half, and led 29-6 going into halftime.

Goldendale was doing a pretty good job defensively against the Spartans, but the road team came up with some timely 3-pointers and layins that extended their lead.

Starting off in a full court press defense, Granger made it hard for the Goldendale ballhandlers to break the press and set up its offense. They switched into a half-court zone set later on that also gave the Wolves trouble.

With the team's quickest and best ballhandler sidelined in Gilliam, it only made it tougher for the Wolves to run and set the offense up.

However, Goldendale came out more aggressive in the second half, and sophomore Kristen Bighorn's midrange jumper gave Goldendale its first field goal of the game less than 40 seconds into the third quarter. Senior Aimee Bartkowski knocked down a pair of free throws after she was fouled going up for a shot after an inbounding play, and senior Sierra Plum also knocked down a jumper that gave the Wolves a 6-4 run to start the second half.

But Granger was too tough to stop offensively. Spartan forwards Emma and Lily Stewart had some offensive rebounds and baskets from the low post, but Bighorn did a good job defensively against the bigger players.

Trailing big in the fourth quarter, Goldendale remained aggressive on offense, getting to the foul line 10 times in the quarter while also coming up with a few steals after switching to the press defense late.

Underclassmen guards Tiana Watson and Abby Hedges got lots of minutes and both pressured Granger's ballhandlers late in the game.

Goldendale 1 5 6 6 - 18

Granger 15 14 12 17 - 58

Goldendale scoring: Aimee Bartkowski 9, Plum 6, Kristin Bighorn 3.

Granger scoring: Lily Stewart 12, Naya Roettger 9, Emma Stewart 7, Zapien 6, Brien 6, Teel 5, Kaitlyn Roettger 5, Blodgett 4, Chavez 4.

Saturday

The Timberwolves were in Cowiche for their second matchup with the Scotties, but Saturday's 48-9 loss was a little different than Goldendale's win over the same opponent on Dec. 13.

Goldendale knocked off the Scotties 53-48 at home in December, but Highland seems to be playing at a different level now.

A day earlier when Highland played Zillah, the Scotties led the Leopards 14-10 after the first quarter in Zillah but fell 64-46. Zillah is ranked No. 3 according to the WIAA RPI Rankings.

The Scotties hit shots from beyond the arc and gave the Timberwolves' offense lots of trouble.

Goldendale 1 2 2 4 - 9

Highland 10 15 15 8 - 48

Goldendale scoring: Kristin Bighorn 3, Aimee Bartkowski 2, Delaney Peters 2, Plum 2.

Highland scoring: Silva 12, Garcia 12, Naranjo 10, F. Lopez 6, Garent 4, Y. Lopez 2, Delgado 2.

Up next

The Timberwolves were in action for the second time this year against Lyle-Wishram on Tuesday, knocking off the Cougs 64-30 at home. They topped the Cougars 52-28 on Dec. 20 in Lyle.

The Timberwolves then hit the road for Friday's game in La Salle before hosting Zillah for senior night on Saturday.

The Lightning are the No. 5 ranked team among Class 1A schools, and beat Goldendale 74-14 on Dec. 16 in Goldendale.

 

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