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Lyle-Wishram boys hoops falls to Columbia, bounces back with win over South Wasco


Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram sophomore Riley Mills tries to dribble past Yakama Tribal's Starsun Billy during a game at the Klickitat Jamboree on Dec. 1. Mills led the Cougars in scoring against Columbia and South Wasco.

Sophomore Riley Mills scored a team-high 17 points, but it wasn't enough to lift the Lyle-Wishram Cougars in their 56-52 home opening loss to Columbia High School last Tuesday.

Mills knocked down a 3-pointer, got to the free-throw line 10 times, swatted a team-best four shots and dished out a team-high four assists for the Cougars, who led by five at the halftime break.

After the intermission however, the Bruins started knocking down more shots and got better looks inside. They hit on 51 percent of their shots inside the 3-point line while both teams struggled shooting the deep ball. Lyle-Wishram connected on just 3 of 15 shots from beyond the arc, while the Bruins hit 2 of 16 shots from deep.

White Salmon outscored the Cougars in each the third and fourth quarters to secure the win.

Randy Hubbard grabbed a team-best nine rebounds and added eight points for the Cougars, who played Dufor on Monday in a rescheduled game. Results were unavailable for Monday's contest.

The Cougars return to the hardwood today, matching up with the Stevenson Bulldogs.

Cougs top South Wasco

The Cougars outscored South Wasco in all four quarters and hung on in a tough second half for a 43-32 win over the Redsides.

Mills again led Lyle-Wishram in scoring with 14 points and two 3-pointers, and also notched a team-high three blocked shots.

The Redsides, according to Cougars head coach Josh Padgett, were a bigger team, but the Cougars were able to neutralize the size with their great team defense.


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