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By Andrew Christiansen

Timberwolves shake off rust at Jamboree, host River View on Friday


Andrew Christiansen

TEAM SPEED: Goldendale will rely on team speed from players like returning forward, Brian Golding, above, against Stevenson on Monday, as they search for wins in the SCAC this year.

It took a little while for the Timberwolves to shake off the rust and jitters at the Stevenson Jamboree, Monday, but with games lasting just 10 minutes, it all happened within the span of a half, were it a normal game. Goldendale split with Stevenson and Columbia-White Salmon, losing to the Bulldogs 11-8 and beating the Bruins 18-14.

The Wolves turned the ball over 12 times in the opening game against the host Stevenson Bulldogs. It prevented the team from getting into their offense, which showed flashes of similarity to last year. That isn't surprising, considering most of the faces are also familiar...Jess Beierle on the point, Daniel Bischoff in the middle, Edgar Vega and Brian Golding at the forwards. Vega quickly picked up where he left off last year, finding ways to out-rebound much taller players around the key. He led Goldendale with four rebounds and was a perfect 2-2 at the free throw line. Bischoff took over the main shooting chores, going 2-6 from the floor for four points. Golding made a couple of baseline runs and scored two points. Brigham Campbell led the Bulldogs with five points.

A more composed team took the floor against White Salmon. Turnovers were down to four and the Wolves got into their offense, which depends on a lot of movement with and without the ball.

Golding provided a lot of speed on the court and led the team with a pair of steals. Rafael Alfaro was perfect from the floor with a three point shot and he drove the lane for two to tie Bischoff for the team scoring lead with five points. The Bruins presented a tough challenge inside with 6-5 Jabal Gilbert blocking two shots.

The Bruins led for much of the final minutes of the game, but Alfaro's three tied the game and Goldendale's aggressive defense helped the team get the win. Ulices Isordia was the Bruins' leading scorer with six points.

Lady Timberwolves

It was a similar story for the Goldendale girls, losing the first game to Stevenson 8-6 and beating the Bruins 13-11. But, the main challenge for the Lady Timberwolves was dealing with the distinct height advantage that Stevenson and Columbia-White Salmon held over Goldendale.

Goldendale did a decent job of caring for the ball with just six turnovers to 12 against the Bulldogs. Shooting percentage was more of a problem as Goldendale had trouble getting much done inside with 6-1 freshman Toryi Midland dominating Goldendale's small line-up. The Wolves were 0-7 on three-point shots and 2-14 on twos. Allison Gilliam led the team with four points. Midland finished with six rebounds and three blocked shots. Madison Krog had four points to lead the Bulldog scorers.

White Salmon also had a size advantage with 6-foot Claire Anderson controlling the paint. Both teams turned the ball over more than the coaches hoped to see with Goldendale losing the ball 13 times and White Salmon with 11 turnovers.

Andrew Christiansen

TEAM LEADER: Ocean Bryan leads Goldendale's offensive punch this year, above working against Stevenson's Toryi Midland.

Goldendale worked on plays that have no doubt been worked to death in practice, scoring on a nice screen at the top of the key and dish out to Ocean Bryan for a three-point shot. Abby Mains had a highlight blocked shot late in the game, and Goldendale managed to out-rebound the taller Bruins 12-7. Bryan had five points and four rebounds to lead Goldendale. The Wolves shot better at 3-7 on two-point shots, 1-5 on threes, plus a perfect 4-4 on free throws with Mains and Cheyenne Dove hitting a pair each.

Goldendale will open the season on Friday in Goldendale against River View. Next Tuesday they will be on the road at White Swan. Game times are 6 p.m. for varsity girls followed by varsity boys.

Goldendale girls were 4-16 in 2014 and the boys were 2-18.

Scoring, two game totals: Daniel Bischoff 9, Rafael Alfaro 5, Jess Beierle 2, J.C. Cline 2, Brian Golding 2, Edgar Vega 2, Jacob Hiebert 2, C.J. Harvey 2. Ocean Bryan 7, Allison Gilliam 6, Sierra Plum 2, Abby Mains 2, Cheyenne Dove 2.


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