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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougars split games in Goldendale, fall to Gorge League leader Sunnyside Christian


January 24, 2018

Playing in their second matchup against its county rivals, the Lyle-Wishram boys hoops team cruised to the season sweep over the Timberwolves while the Cougar girls couldn’t keep pace in last Tuesday’s nonleague matchups.

The Cougar boys knocked off Goldendale 68-43 behind a big second half rally and strong offensive performances from juniors Kurtis Billette and Riley Mills, while the girls fell 64-30 with 19 points coming from junior Larissa McConville.

The Cougs had just one game last weekend against the always tough Sunnyside Christian Knights on Friday, with both Cougar teams falling at home.

The boys fell 86-46 to the 14-1 Knights, while the Lyle-Wishram girls dropped a 74-11 decision to the No. 7 WIAA RPI ranked team.

The Knights got off to a quick start against the Cougars, jumping out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter. Like they have done in most games this season, the Cougs got better as the game went on. They won the second quarter 17-16, but still trailed 37-24 at halftime.

The top-ranked Class 1B team was too tough in the second half though, outscoring the Cougs 51-22 to improve to 14-1, with their only loss coming to the top ranked Class 1A team, Lynden Christian.

Cougars 7 17 11 11 - 46

Knights 21 16 25 26 - 88

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Billette 14, Mills 12, Jeramiah Osterander 8, Randy Hubbard 4, Reco Quintero 4, Andrew Carlock 2, Jarren Leslie 2.

Sunnyside scoring: Luke Wagenaar 21, Chance Marsh 13, Cade Bosma 12, Lane Marsh 10, Lucas Dykstra 10, Kyler Marsh 10, Brennan Rip 6, Ross Faber 6.

Last Tuesday

Against the Timberwolves on Jan. 16 in Goldendale, McConville put on a strong offensive performance with 19 points, scoring from outside while also aggressively attacking the basket and drawing fouls.

On the defensive end, senior Shakira Kelly channeled her inner Shaquille O’Neal with eight blocked shots as nothing came easy inside the paint for the Timberwolves.

Kelly also added a point from the free throw line, and senior Vanessa Ordaz finished with four points, and sophomores Lizzie Hawkins and Adrienne Spino, and freshman Jade Childers each added two points.

The Cougar boys slowed the Timberwolves down with defense in the first half, and finished them off with a strong offensive half, scoring 35 points in the final two quarters. The Cougs heated up with 10 3-pointers, and forced the Wolves into 25 turnovers.

Up next

After having Saturday night off last week, the Cougs have a pair of road games this weekend.

Both teams will be in Toppenish for Friday’s Greater Columbia Gorge League contest against Yakama Tribal with the girls starting at 6 p.m. and the boys after.

The girls are off Saturday with the boys in Bickleton for their second matchup with the Pirates.

The girls fell to the Eagles 55-17 in the first matchup this season against Yakama Tribal, with the boys also dropping a 67-40 decision. The Tribal boys team is currently ranked No. 4 among Class 1B teams according to the WIAA RPI Ratings.


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