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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Lyle-Wishram girls improve throughout loss to Soap Lake


January 3, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram's Shakira Kelly scores underneath the basket during last Friday's loss to Soap Lake.

The Lyle-Wishram girls hoops team struggled putting up points in the first quarter of their 45-23 loss to Soap Lake last Friday, but with the tandem of senior Shakira Kelly and junior Larissa McConville, the Cougs can put up points in a hurry.

Scoring just two points in the first quarter from a McConville layin, the Cougars trailed 15-2 after the opening eight minutes, but picked up their offense heading into the second quarter against the Eagles.

Kelly and sophomore Mariah Houston opened the second quarter by knocking down shots from 3-point range, and Kelly was able to finish inside while also getting fouled later in the quarter.

Lyle-Wishram outscored the Eagles in the second, but still had some trouble taking care of the ball. They also stepped up their defense and forced Soap Lake into many tough shots and misses, but too many turnovers hurt the team the most.

Kelly especially was able to make a big impact on the defensive end of the court. Just moments after checking into the game midway through the first quarter, she was able to block a shot and collect a steal. It wasn't just in the first quarter though, she was making big defensive plays all game, whether it be hustling to block a shot or picking off errant passes.

She helped narrow their second quarter deficit a little, and the Cougs went into halftime down 24-12.

The Cougs suffered another scoring drought in the third quarter, with McConville scoring all four of the team's points, and fell behind 35-16 to start the fourth.

Houston started off the Cougs' scoring with two points early in the fourth, Kelly notched a steal and took it back for a layin, and McConville canned a 3-pointer with the clock running low.

Lyle-Wishram continued to get better and minimize their mistakes later in the game, but the 15-2 deficit in the first quarter was too much to overcome.

The Eagles used a full court press early to make it tough for the Cougars, then switched to a half-court trap defense and continued to cause trouble.

The Cougars are back in action on Saturday on the road against Sunnyside Christian starting at 6 p.m.


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