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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Boys hang around early, but league-leading Leopards too strong

 

January 24, 2018

Jaryd Cline

William Finn takes the ball strong to the basket during Saturday's loss to Zillah.

The Timberwolves hung tough with Zillah for the first eight minutes, but for the second straight year in Goldendale the Leopards surged in the second quarter to pull away for an 81-51 win Saturday night.

Leading 18-14 after the opening eight minutes, the No. 3 WIAA RPI ranked Leopards found a rhythm from downtown, scoring 32 points in the second quarter, while turning a four point lead into a 23 point lead (50-27) entering the halftime break.

Zillah also scored 32 points in the second quarter of last season's home game against the Timberwolves to jump ahead big after a 19-10 first quarter lead.

On Saturday, the Timberwolves had some success early on and scored a handful of quick baskets when they broke the Zillah press. They kept Zillah's offense somewhat in check early, and caught a break with the visitors missing seven free throws in the first quarter.

Senior Jacob Bischoff got the Wolves on the board first in the opening seconds when he turned a Zillah turnover into a layin. Senior Alex Mains and sophomore Corbin Bland had some nice transition layins, junior Lane Siebert also had a nice drive and finish, and sophomore Curtis Kayser drained a 3-pointer as Goldendale jumped out to a great start against the 15-1 Leopards.

But the Zillah offense heated up in the second, hitting five 3-pointers and leading by as many as 26 before Bischoff and Bland scored six of the last nine points in the quarter.

They were able to do what they do best, force turnovers and get transition layins. They also knocked down 3-pointers when they weren't out running. Some of those transition points came off turnovers, but the 32 points in the quarter were too much for Goldendale to keep pace with. Bland, Bischoff, and Mains each scored four in the quarter.

The Timberwolves opened the third with some quick scores, but so did the Leopards. They narrowed the deficit to 21 (58-37), but Zillah ended the quarter on a 12-4 run.

The team was down, but there wasn't any quit. They kept hustling after loose balls and kept battling against last season's state champion, and the crowd went crazy when Siebert's triple at the buzzer hit nothing but cotton.

Goldendale 14 13 14 10 - 51

Zillah 18 32 20 11 - 81

Goldendale scoring: Bland 10, Alex Mains 10, Conner Doubravsky 8, Bischoff 8, Siebert 6, Kayser 5, William Finn 2, Cameron Wells 1, Cameron Mains 1.

Zillah scoring: Cesar Diaz 23, Antonio Salinas 20, Brock Ellis 17, Sebastian Godina 10, Cody Vance 5, Weston Ide 4, Kaden Magana 2.

Last Tuesday

The Lyle-Wishram Cougars knocked off the Wolves for the second time this season on Jan. 16, holding the Wolves to single digit scoring in each the first and second quarter.

The Cougars beat Goldendale 62-56 in the teams' first meeting on Dec. 20 in Lyle, but last week's game wasn't as close. The Timberwolves battled from 19 down in the third quarter and lost by five in the first game, but there wouldn't be a comeback this time around as the Cougs cruised 68-43 in Goldendale.

Lyle-Wishram was just a step ahead of the Timberwolves all game. They seemed to grab every loose ball, and caught fire from beyond the arc, combining for 10 3-pointers in the game.

Goldendale 9 7 12 21 - 43

Lyle-Wishram 13 14 20 15 - 68

Goldendale scoring: Bischoff 11, Alex Mains 9, Finn 6, Bland 5, Siebert 4, Wells 4, Cameron Mains 2, Lee 2.

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Mills 24, Billette 18, DaSean Leslie 9, Randy Hubbard 7, Jarren Leslie 4, Jeramiah Osterander 3, Reco Quintero 2, Brandon Montoya 1.

Friday

John Longfellow

Sophomore Corbin Bland focuses on the hoop during Saturday's game against Zillah. Bland and senior Alex Mains led the Wolves with 10 points each against the Leopards.

The Timberwolves were away in Yakima last Friday for the second of two regular season matchups with the La Salle Lightning, where a slow start offensively doomed the visitors in the 72-32 loss.

Goldendale scored just five points in the first quarter, and trailed 42-16 at the break. They weren't much better after halftime, again scoring just 16 points while the Lightning went ahead by as many as 40 points.

Senior forward Conner Doubravsky led the team in points and rebounds Friday, finishing with 13 points and seven boards.

Goldendale 5 11 10 6 - 32

La Salle 19 23 16 14 - 72

Goldendale scoring: Doubravsky 13, Bland 6, Bischoff 4, Cameron Mains 3, Lee 2, Kayser 2, Wells 2.

La Salle scoring: Kieran Kershaw 26, Desmond Judd 19, Hayden Seamon 10, Jorge Herrera 6, Andrew Avalos 6, Tommy Frame 4, Harley Hemenway 1.

 

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