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Top four nearly set as Gorge League prepares for District tournament


Andrew Christiansen

RACE TO THE HOOP: Klickitat-Glenwood's Easton Atchley tries to convert a turnover into points with Lyle-Wishram's Gavyn Nelson guarding.

The slate for the District 5 tournament for 1B teams is all but set following a week without upsets involving Bickleton, Lyle-Wishram, Trout Lake or Glenwood-Klickitat. Sunnyside Christian is secure at the top of the league standings for boys and girls with both teams undefeated and pulling off crowning wins over Yakama Nation. The Eagles are also securely into the top four, regardless of the outcome of their remaining games.

Bickleton's boys and Lyle-Wishram's girls are also secure with five wins going into last Tuesday's games. Lyle-Wishram was idle and Bickleton took on Yakama Nation for the final time. Trout Lake was still within reach of tying Lyle-Wishram's boys, but would need huge upsets over Sunnyside Christian and Yakama Nation to do it. The Glenwood-Klickitat girls started the week with a shot at tying Bickleton's girls, but also needed a win over the top two teams to do it.

The only issue that remains, pending the outcome of Tuesday's games, is which teams, Bickleton or Lyle-Wishram will be third seeded. Bickleton's boys and Lyle-Wishram's girls also had distant shots at bumping Yakama Nation out of the second seed. In case of a tie, Lyle-Wishram would be third seed by virtue of a better draw number.


Bickleton's boys and girls split their league games last week. The teams finish league games with a home game against Lyle-Wishram on Friday, starting with varsity girls at 6 p.m. Bickleton will likely be a single game ahead of Lyle-Wishram (depending on the outcome of Tuesday's Yakama Nation at Bickleton games) for boys and a game behind Lyle-Wishram for the girls.

Bickleton played at Toppenish on Jan. 26, where the Eagle boys won 53-39 and the Lady Eagles won 59-28. The middle quarters were the undoing of the Pirates' boys team. Riley Brown had 14 points and Nathan Powers scored 13, but too many free runs to the hoop gave the Eagles the lead, according to Coach Jerry Roberts. The girls got behind early, but remained within striking distance until the Lady Eagles blew it open with a 24-6 fourth quarter. Katrina Cardenas scored nine points and Ashley Magana had eight for Bickleton.

The Pirates were strong from start to finish at Glenwood, winning 60-43 with Powers and Brown each scoring 14 points and each with eight rebounds. Nine Bickleton players scored. The Lady Pirates were strong at the start and strong at the finish to defeat Glenwood-Klickitat 52-34. Cardenas had 19 and Magana 15 in the game while Mackenzie Tuthill put up 17 points for Glenwood-Klickitat.


Lyle-Wishram's boys had a slow start against Sunnyside Christian, but made a late run before ceding a 59-43 win to the visiting Knights. Gavyn Nelson scored 19 points with Dylon Uribe and Elijah McCullough each had eight points.

The Lady Cougars were rolled up with big first and fourth quarter scoring by Sunnyside Christian, who won 80-54. Lacy Carse scored 18 and MaeLynn Luke scored 17 for the Cougars.

Andrew Christiansen

LOOSE BALL: Glenwood-Klickitat's Kyndra Mack scrambles for a loose ball in front of Lyle-Wishram's Leanne Houston during Saturday's game in Lyle.

The same due led Lyle-Wishram girls to a 67-41 win over Glenwood-Klickitat on Saturday. Carse had 23 points and Luke scored 20. They were joined in double figures by Ellie Smith, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Luke had a triple-double with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The Eagles had three girls in double figures with Tuthill scoring 14, Bailee Green with 11 and Bailey Gimlin with 11.

For the second time this year, Klickitat-Glenwood gave Lyle-Wishram's boys all they could handle. Easton Atchley used speed to take the ball on base-line drives and accuracy on three-point shots to pull the Vandals back into the game after going down by 18 at half-time. The Cougars rallied behind guard play of Mickey Jones and Kurtis Billette to hang onto a 70-60 win.

Atchley led all scorers with 27 points. Dalton Jones was strong in the middle with 15 points, most of which came in the second half.

Mickey Jones finished with eight points and Billette had five off the bench for Lyle-Wishram. Desean Leslie scored 18 points to lead the Cougars and Gavyn Nelson scored 17.


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