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By Andrew Christiansen

Rough start to league play for the Vandals


It is hard enough to play Sunnyside Christian when everything is clicking, but playing on the Knights' home court with a piece of a team is an exercise in futility. But that's what faced Klickitat last week when four of the girls' team starters and three of the boys team were set down for non-basketball disciplinary measures. The results were predictable.

Sunnyside Christian's girls shut out Klickitat through the first half and kindly allow five points for the game in a 67-5 rout. Charice McConville scored all five of the Vandals' points and was supported by Chelci Curtis, Brenda Lambert, KyAnn Kessinger, Keandra Kessinger and Kelcie Mack in what must have felt like a reenactment of the 300 Spartans. A day later, the Vandals took on another top league opponent at Trout Lake and fared a little better, losing 59-35. Three of TLG's players were in double figures led by Liz Vogt's 22 points. Dakota Jones scored 19 and Veronica Glenn dropped in 14 points. With suspensions in the past, the team looked to get back on track against Lyle-Wishram on Tuesday and has an important game against Bickleton on Friday.

Things went a little better for the boys who were down one starter for games at Sunnyside Christian and Stevenson JV. The Knights held the Vandals' big men to single digits with Cole Walters leading the team with eight points and Caleb Keys scoring seven. Trevor Wagenaar, Ryker Van Belle, Steven Broersma and Kevin DeJong were all in double figures for the Knights.

Prior to the Sunnyside Christian game, the boys played a non-league game against Stevenson, which put them at full strength for the TLG game. The Stevenson game was a chance to let the reserves gain more experience and they played well with 66-31 win fueled by a 38-15 rebounding edge. Walters led the Vandals with 15 points and seven rebounds with Justin Rose showing his talent for 10 points and 11 big rebounds. All eight of the Vandals scored in the game and Coach Philip Watlamet was able to get a longer look at the outside shooting of Mitchell Sanchey and Tim Lambert who scored six and seven points, respectively.

The Vandals went after the first of the rivals they will have to beat to claim the second spot to regionals when they ventured into Trout Lake. The first quarter was close, but the Vandals' zone defense began to pay off and the team opened a 10 point lead by half time. TLG cut the lead to five for the final quarter, but Klickitat was able to outlast the Mustang-Eagles for a 49-43 win. The Vandals' big players controlled the boards with Christian Schlangen pulling down 12 rebounds and Caleb Keys corralling 11 to go with his game high 18 points. Keys scored from inside and outside, draining four three-point shots to neutralize TLG's big Jacob Wells. Wells was held to seven points as Slater Modrich led TLG with 10 points.


Bickleton girls split in league openers

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The first big showdown among the top contenders in the Columbia Gorge League went to TLG's girls as they defeated Bickleton on the Pirates' home court 58-50 in a rough and tumble game. Bickleton was called for 25 fouls and TLG 23 fouls in the game.

The Mustang-Eagles trailed at the half, 29-28 largely due to 21 turnovers. They continued to show effects of the Bickleton press in the second half, but cut the turnovers to 13 and forced the Pirates to cough up the ball 13 times, also. Dakota Jones caught fire for nine fourth quarter points and 17 for the game. Veronica Glenn also scored 17 and Liz Vogt hit for 16 points for TLG.

Bickleton's Jamie Venema had a great game for the Pirates, leading the scoring with 13 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. The Pirates had good balance in their attack with Katelynn Clinton scoring 12 points, Aymie Osborne hitting for nine and Jenna Mount scoring seven. Amanda McBride and Haley Goodnight rounded out Bickleton's scoring with five and four points, respectively.

The girls got into the league win column the next night beating Lyle-Wishram 58-30 in Lyle. Bickleton's high speed game was too much for the Cougars who turned the ball over 46 times as the Pirates came away with 34 steals. Clinton scored 31 points to go with 18 rebounds and seven steals. Osborne scored 15 points and Venema and Mount kicked in six points each. Lyle-Wishram was led by Karlee Roth and Kirstin Hylton's eight points and Chantelle Hickman's seven.

It was the Cougar boys who dominated against Bickleton 48-24 sending the Pirates to their second league defeat while putting Lyle-Wishram at the top of league standings with a 2-0 record. The Cougars tore into the Pirates from the tip-off and led by 22 points at the half. Ricky Titcomb scored 14 points to lead the Cougars. Henry Matai was credited with six steals. Nearly all of Bickleton's points came from their guards, led by Justin Roberts with 12 and Peter Clinton with eight.

The Cougars finished strong the previous night in Toppenish against Yakama Tribal. A 26-14 second half margin gave Lyle-Wishram a 46-32 win. Trey Kitchens led the Cougar scoring with 13 points and Matai scored 12.

The Cougars have two tough games this week, visiting Klickitat on Tuesday and Sunnyside Christian on Friday. Friday's game against the Knights will be a good test to see how the Cougars fare in their new league against the perennially tough Sunnyside Christian boys.

The Lyle-Wishram girls and Bickleton boys are searching for their first league win. The Cougar girls were out-gunned by Yakama Tribal 51-36. Roth and Hickman led the scoring with 16 and 11 points, but nine Eagles put points on the board, led by Tanisha Onepennee's 15. Onepennee had 23 rebounds and Chanute Azure was credited with nine steals.

In addition to the loss at Lyle, Bickleton's boys lost to TLG 73-25. The Pirates tried to work the ball inside, repeatedly, but TLG's defense was solid and forced the Pirates into 31 turnovers. Jacob Wells and Slater Modrich owned the game with 22 and 15 points, respectively. Alex King seemed to be everywhere in the fourth quarter with six rebounds and six points for TLG. Bickleton was led by Roberts with eight points and Clinton with five. Taylor Brown had six points and six rebounds for the Pirates who have a non-league game against Zillah JV on Thursday in Bickleton before tackling Klickitat on Friday, also in Bickleton.


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