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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Girls shake off slow start, beat Bruins


Jaryd Cline

MAKING HER MOVE: Goldendale freshman forward Kristin Bighorn makes a move at the basket with junior guard Aimee Bartkowski watching at left.

Not to sound completely cliché, but the Goldendale girls hoops team proved with a strong point it's not how you start but how you finish during its 51-37 win last Thursday at Columbia High School.

The Timberwolves scored just three points in the opening eight minutes and trailed 23-13 heading into halftime, but started off the third quarter with a bang and finished the game cashing in at the free-throw line.

Senior forward Ocean Bryan scored a game-high 26 points and junior guard Allison Gilliam added 12 and the Timberwolves received a big effort from freshman forward Kristin Bighorn in her return to the hardwood after missing the previous three games.

Goldendale's fabulous freshman scored four points in each half, stepping out and showing off some range with a few mid-range jumpers while also scoring in the paint and at the charity stripe. Her biggest impact was on the glass though, as she was seemingly always in the right position to snag rebounds. She collected countless boards and also gave Goldendale many extra possessions with her work on the offensive glass.

Bighorn also knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper from the right baseline at the end of the third quarter which trimmed the Bruins lead to 30-27 heading into the final quarter in which Goldendale turned up its aggressiveness to put away the home team.

The Timberwolves knocked down 14 of 19 free-throw attempts over the last eight minutes while outscoring the Bruins 24-7 to seal the game.

The win snapped Goldendale's four game losing streak dating back to Dec. 13.

Jaryd Cline

RYAN AT THE BASKET: Goldendale senior forward Ocean Bryan takes a shot underneath the basket against the Bruins.

Goldendale returned to the court Tuesday against former South Central Athletic Conference rival White Swan on Tuesday, but results were unavailable at press time.

The Timberwolves continue SCAC West play Friday with a home meeting against the Cle Elum Warriors at 6 p.m. before a road contest with the Naches Rangers on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Goldendale 3 10 14 24 - 51

Columbia 7 16 7 7 - 37

Goldendale: Bryan 26, Gilliam 12, Kristen Bighorn 8, Bartkowski 3, Bigbie 2.

Columbia: Manly 15, Hylton 10, Gimlin 4, Nunez-Cordoba 4, Pulido 2, Tardiff 2.


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