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By Andrew Christiansen

Lady Wolves let sweep slip through fingers after late game rally


Andrew Christiansen

NSIDE GAME: Sofia Casimiro takes a break-away to the hoop,

Goldendale's Lady Timberwolves worked their way out of a sluggish start to Saturday's game against Onalaska, only to let things get away in the fourth for a 41-36 loss. It prevented the Lady Wolves from sweeping their west side opponents in the weekend tournament at Naches.

Goldendale held on during a furious fourth quarter rally by Winlock to win the Friday game 36-34. The Cardinals fell behind by nine points during the middle quarters after an even start to the game. The Wolves were a little off their game as they adjusted to the return of two starters, Brooke Graff and Sofia Casimiro. Both players had been injured in the Toppenish game and have a dramatic effect on the Goldendale attack with Casimiro providing more scoring around the hoop and Graff a good swing player, freeing up Cheyenne Smith from playing playmaker, scorer roles.

Winlock evened the game with seconds to play before Graff scored to give Goldendale the winning margin.

Against Onalaska on Saturday, Goldendale tried repeatedly to take advantage of team speed with Casimiro on the break and on size with Kirstin Twohy in the low post, but great hustle by the Otters and passes that were just a bit late, resulted in 16 first half turnovers and allowed Onalaska to take a 24-16 lead into the half time break. Goldendale. Casimiro had five points at the break for Goldendale and Ocean Bryan scored four of her 11 points in the first quarter. Onalaska's Jessica Paxton had 10 first half points and although Goldendale had a slight rebounding edge, the Otters seemed to out-hustle the Wolves for the ball, getting too many second shots.

The Wolves came out with some steam in the third quarter, shooting better, hitting 6-15 versus Onalaska's 2-14, thanks largely due to defense that forced outside shooting where the Otters were 1-8.

The Wolves finally got a lead in the fourth quarter, but it quickly evaporated, mainly due to shooting by Molly Musick, who managed to get free in the key for three straight buckets. Twohy owned the boards with eight, fourth quarter rebounds, but turnovers and 2-14 shooting by the team gave Onalaska the win.

Andrew Christiansen

Kirstin Twohy calls for the ball at the low post against Onalaska.

Goldendale is idle until an away game on Jan. 10 at La Salle, played at West Valley High School.

Goldendale 8 - 13 - 6 - 9 36

Winlock 8 - 6 - 4 - 16 34

Goldendale - Twohy 12, Graff 11, Smith 8, Zara Kartes 2, Sierra Lamping 2, Casimiro 1.

Goldendale 9 - 7 - 12 - 8 36

Onalaska 9 - 15 - 5 - 12 41

Goldendale - Bryan 11, Casimiro 9, Twohy 6, Graff 5, Lamping 3, Kartes 2.


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