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Cougars, Vandals open hoops season with jamboree

 

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram senior Raquel Montoya, with ball, tries to get past Yakama Tribal's Jada Liulamaga.

The Klickitat-Glenwood and Lyle-Wishram hoops teams got their first taste of action this season on Thursday at the Klickitat Jamboree, as they and the Yakama Tribal Eagles matched up in the round robin style jamboree.

The three Greater Columbia Gorge League teams played each team once for 10 minutes each.

Game one: Yakama Tribal girls 18, Klickitat-Glenwood girls 11

The Klickitat-Glenwood girls struggled down low against the Eagles, giving up lots of offensive rebounds which resulted in many second-chance points for the Eagles.

MacKenzie Tuthill, The Vandals' senior 5-foot-6 returning all-conference player, was a handful for the Eagles. Her aggressive mentality on offense was a burden for Yakima-Tribal underneath the basket. She drew five fouls alone on offense and led the charge for the Vandals.

Klickitat-Glenwood also returns senior all-league point guard Bailee Green.

Game two: Yakama Tribal boys 26, Klickitat-Glenwood boys 14

The Vandals had a tough time dealing with the Eagles' press and turned the ball over more times than they would have liked.

The Eagles were led by a well-balanced, unselfish offense with crisp passing and good ball movement.

Junior Easton Atchley was strong with the ball for the Vandals, converting two three-point plays after drawing a foul and still being able to score the basket.

Game three: Yakama Tribal girls 26, Lyle-Wishram girls 2

The Cougars had no answer for the pesky Eagles' press defense and couldn't get much going on offense when they were able to advance the ball past half court.

Lyle-Wishram was led by returning all-league performer Alex Cloud and 5-foot-10 post Amber Tompkins.

Game four: Yakama Tribal boys 26, Lyle-Wishram boys 16

The Eagles boys again proved to be a tough match up for teams this year by topping the Cougars.

They again moved the ball well and made smart passes to knock off Lyle-Wishram. Yakama freshman Bryce Strom converted two three-point plays.

Jaryd Cline

Cougar sophomore Riley Mills dribbles along the sideline while Yakama Tribal's Starsun Billy defends. Lyle-Wishram junior Quincy McConville watches on from behind.

Game five: Klickitat-Glenwood girls 10, Lyle-Wishram girls 4

After being deadlocked at four each, MacKenzie Tuthill scored four straight points and Kinley Troh added a lay-in as time expired to push Klickitat-Glenwood past Lyle-Wishram.

Game six: Lyle-Wishram boys 17, Klickitat-Glenwood boys 12

Klickitat-Glenwood 6-foot-5 sophomore Jeremiah Larson, who blocked a handful of shots, was a tough matchup underneath the hoop for the Cougars.

But senior Elijah McCullough and the Cougars took over the game late for the win. McCullough converted two three-point plays, including one with three seconds left to put the game away.

 

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