Lots of contributions for Goldendale girls in win at Lyle-Wishram


December 27, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Abby Hedges takes the ball to the basket with Lyle-Wishram's Shakira Kelly hustling back on defense during last week's game. Hedges scored her first varsity points against the Cougars.

The Lyle-Wishram girls kept pace with the Goldendale Timberwolves early in the nonconference matchup last Wednesday in Lyle, but the Timberwolves were too much for the Cougars down the stretch in the 52-26 Goldendale win.

The Timberwolves, who were again playing without senior star Allison Gilliam, had a well-balanced performance team wide with some of the younger girls stepping up.

Junior Kelli Bighorn took advantage of the recent bump in playing time with Gilliam sidelined, scoring a game-high 16 points while knocking down many shots from 3-point range and just inside the line.

"Having Allison out have allowed most of the other girls to step up and help contribute," Plum said. "It sucks to have somebody missing but when somebody else rises to the occasion, it's pretty neat to watch that kid shine and it sure was Kelli's night."

The Cougars kept pace early with the Timberwolves, trailing by just five after the first quarter.

But Bighorn got going in the second, finishing with 10 throughout the quarter including a 3-pointer that just beat the halftime buzzer.

"Having Kelli Bighorn step up and hit some big-time shots really kind of separated us," Plum said.

The junior connected for three 3-pointers in the first half and sparked a 14-4 Goldendale run at the end of the second that gave the team a 37-20 halftime lead.

After the break, the Goldendale defense really clamped down and made it tough for the Cougars. They allowed Lyle-Wishram just six points in the second half, forcing lots of turnovers while using a few different defensive looks throughout the game.

Early on, the Timberwolves threw a handful of different defensive looks at the Cougars early, starting off in the 2-2-1 zone full court press and working on some different half-court trap sets

"We threw a bunch of different defenses at them and just tried to keep them off guard," Plum said. "Pressing really helped us out against them at the beginning of the game."

In the first however, the Cougars were sparked by a few different players who made some big plays and kept the game close.

Junior Sydney Rains knocked down a triple early and scored on a layin while Shakira Kelly hit a couple shots and made some nice passes that resulted in easy baskets for the Cougs.

The Cougars trailed 14-9 after the first, and cut it to 15-12 after junior Larissa McConville's layin, but Goldendale senior Aimee Bartkowski's converted a three-point play shortly after to extend the road team's lead.

Kelli Bighorn wasn't the only player for the Wolves to step up though in Gilliam's absence. Sophomore Abby Hedges who had been playing a few quarters during the junior varsity game each week played a lot against the Cougars and wasn't fazed.

Hedges scored her first varsity points on a layin, and was active on both ends of the court.

Freshman guard Tiana Watson also saw a lot of minutes, giving the coaching staff an early look at what the team's backcourt might look like in a few years. She came up with a few steals that went for layins on the other end.

All nine Goldendale players scored in the game, with Bartkowski adding 11 points after she's had to carry the scoring load in recent games without Gilliam. Bartkowski scored 11 of the team's 14 points the week earlier in a tough matchup with La Salle.

Box scores

Goldendale 14 23 11 4 - 52

Lyle-Wishram 9 11 0 6 - 26

Goldendale scoring: Kelli Bighorn 16, Aimee Bartkowski 11, Ashley Bartkowski 7, Watson 5, Kristin Bighorn 3, Sierra Plum 3, Delaney Peters 3, Hedges 2, Lene Riggers 2.

Lyle-Wishram scoring: McConville 8, Kelly 5, Rains 5, Katelynn Oldfield 4, Lizzie Hawkins 2, Jade Childers 2.

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale sophomore Delaney Peters passes out of the post while Lyle-Wishram's Katelynn Oldfield defends during last Wednesday's game.


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