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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougs drop nonconference contest vs. Soap Lake before starting league play


January 3, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram's DaSean Leslie looks for an open man during the team's loss to Soap Lake.

The Lyle-Wishram Cougars boys hoops team snuck in a nonconference matchup against Soap Lake in a tune-up game before starting Greater Columbia Gorge League action, but came up flat in last Friday's contest in Lyle.

Playing in their first game after Christmas, the Cougars fell to the Eagles 48-45 after rallying back in the fourth quarter. Lyle-Wishram had a chance to tie the game in the last few seconds, but couldn't get a shot off.

The Cougars were down by as many as nine early in the fourth quarter but got within two points after Kurtis Billette's putback with 1 minute, 21 seconds left in the game. The Cougs had a few opportunities to tie the game late, but missed some shots and some foul shots, and turned the ball over on their last possession.

The loss drops the Cougars to 6-3 on the year, with two straight losses dating back to their Dec. 21 loss at Stevenson.

Soap Lake, which plays in the Class 2B Central Washington League, (the same league with Oroville, the school the Cougars football team beat in the district playoffs) was able to slow the game down and keep the Cougars out of the uptempo offense throughout the second half.

The Cougs scored just four points in the third quarter after leading by seven at halftime, but the Eagles also did lots of damage with their aggression in the fourth quarter. They got to the free throw line 20 times in the final eight minutes, slowing the game down to a creep while not allowing the Cougars to do what they do best, get out and run in transition.

Soap Lake also used its 1-3-1 zone to create problems for the Cougar offense, which head coach Josh Padgett says he rarely sees.

Kind of like they did against Goldendale, the Cougs started slow falling behind 7-2 early in the first, but they got within two entering the second quarter after Jeramiah Osterander's layin with three seconds left in the quarter.

The Cougs ran off the first six points of the second, led by as many as seven points and kept the lead until late in the third.

Lyle-Wishram mustered only two field goals in the third quarter, a layin from Brandon Montoya and offensive rebound putback from Randy Hubbard.

They fell behind by nine early in the fourth, slowly chipping away at Soap Lake's lead and got within two at 45-43 after Riley Mills finished a layin off Montoya's assist with two minutes, 50 seconds left. However, they scored just two points the rest of the way for the narrow defeat.

They're right back in action as they start their GCGL schedule, tipping off with Sunnyside Christian at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Sunnyside.


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