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By Andrew Christiansen

Lady Timberwolves struggling to find ways to score


Andrew Christiansen

SURROUNDED: Ocean Bryan drew a crowd at Highland. There was probably somebody open somewhere.

The Goldendale girls' basketball ball team's offense went into a tailspin this weekend with losses to La Salle 37-18 and Highland 28-27. With just three games left, after Tuesday's game at Zillah, the Lady Timberwolves are in a battle to hang onto fifth place in the SCAC west.

It was no surprise that the La Salle game would test the Lady Wolves, but a 10-0 first quarter came as a surprise. The middle half of the game was even with both defenses dominating. Goldendale could never dig their way out of the first quarter hole and finished with seven players scoring, but none in double figures.

Saturday's game was one the Wolves felt they could win, having done so on Jan. 3, in a 37-30 game at Goldendale. It was another low scoring game this time around, but a very different game. Foul trouble plagued the Wolves the first time around. This time foul shots were the only thing working for Goldendale.

Goldendale suffered another scoreless first quarter with 0-14 shooting. Highland wasn't much better, hitting one shot in 10. Goldendale scored its first point of the game on a free throw at the 5:58 mark. Their first basket came with 30 seconds left in the half on a shot by Bailee Johnson. Highland shot better, but were still just 3-14 in the second quarter. The only thing that kept Goldendale with the Scotties was 6-12 shooting from the foul line in the second quarter. On the bright side, the teams were not throwing the ball away. Goldendale had just three turnovers in the first half, Highland had seven.

Highland continued to shut down the inside game with a fouling strategy during the second half. By the fourth quarter, things were heating up. Kirstin Twohy was finding some room to operate and she followed up a missed shot with a rebound in front of the basket and put it in to give Goldendale a 27-26 lead with 33 seconds left in the game. But, Sydney Preston was fouled at mid-court and she coolly swished both free throws to take back the lead and the game.

Earlier in the week, Goldendale lost a non-league game at Mabton 53-26. The Lady Vikings jumped to a 24-6 lead in the first quarter and pushed it to a 24 point margin at half. Twohy scored 10 points in the loss.

Goldendale 6 – 9 – 3 – 8 26

Mabton 24 – 15 – 10 – 4 53

Timberwolves-Twohy 10, Smith 9, Bryan 2, Plum 2, Allison Gilliam 2, Johnson 1.

La Salle 10 – 8 – 7 -12 37

Goldendale 0 – 5 – 7 – 6 18

Lightning-Lighty 18, Boutillier 5, Sullivan 5, Newman 3, Mungia 3, Mauhguia 2, Schilperoot 1. Timberwolves-Ocean Bryan 4, Zara Kartes 3, Twohy 3, Johnson 2, Hailey Bigbie 2, Sierra Lamping 2, Cheyenne Smith 2.

Goldendale 0 – 8 – 6 – 13 27

Highland 3 – 6 – 12 – 7 28

Timberwolves-Twohy 6, Smith 6, Bryan 6, Sierra Plum 4, Johnson 2, Lamping 2, Maddie Cameron 1. Scotties-Preston 8, Packard 8, Gonzalez 5, Quezada 4, Monson 3.


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