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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Tough week as Goldendale girls fall to a pair of top 1A teams


January 24, 2018

John Longfellow

Aimee Bartkowski gets out ahead of the Lyle-Wishram defense and finishes inside during the team's win on Jan. 16.

Jaryd Cline

Sports editor

The Zillah girls, with three returning all-league players including 6-foot-3 senior Samantha Bowman, are going to be tough to beat this year, that is, if they even lose at all.

The No. 3 WIAA RPI ranked Leopards knocked off the Timberwolves 77-14, using their press defense early on to force turnovers and set the tempo.

Saturday also marked the return of guard Allison Gilliam to the home court, who came off the bench and showed what the Wolves have been missing in her absence. Facing the press multiple times after Zillah baskets, the senior was able to break it herself a couple of times and get to the basket after the team had lots of trouble against it.

She scored the team's lone field goal in the first quarter, getting her own rebound and flipping it in after beating the press.

Just as tough offensively as they are on defense, Zillah has good shooters that can space the floor, and the big girl in the middle (Bowman) who will play at Central Washington University next season. Bowman finished with 23 points, scoring inside and from 3-point range, and made things difficult for Goldendale's post players, although they did a good job defending against her many post moves. However there's just so much you can do against a girl that's taller than most of the boys team.

Kristin Bighorn paced the Wolves with five points and had her hands full defending Bowman for parts of the game.

Goldendale 3 4 3 4 - 14

Zillah 23 28 15 11 - 77

Goldendale scoring: Kristin Bighorn 5, Hedges 2, Gilliam 2, Aimee Bartkowski 2, Peters 2, Watson 1.

Zillah scoring: Callie Delp 29, Samantha Bowman 23, Addison Krueger 10, Abbie Myers 8, Lauren Ziegler 5, Karissa Delp 2.

Last Tuesday

The Timberwolves opened last week's slate of games with their second nonconference matchup with Lyle-Wishram this season, winning 64-30 in a game that had Goldendale seeing in threes early.

Bartkowski and Plum each connected from long range in the first quarter, and Peters and Kristin Bighorn also converted three-point plays in the first eight minutes as the home team went up 15-9. Peters also added a pair of triples in the second as the Timberwolves went on to finish with six 3-pointers as a team.

The 64 points the Wolves scored against the Cougars was the most they've tallied this season, 11 points more than when they beat Highland 53-48 on Dec. 12 in Goldendale.

It was a balanced scoring attack for the Wolves with points coming from inside, outside, and from the free throw line, with Peters and Aimee Bartkowski scoring in double figures. Hedges and Plum also scored nine points each, with seven of the sophomore's points coming from eight attempts at the charity stripe.

Watson also had some strong finishes inside and had four points, and the 5-foot-4 freshman guard was able to pull down 10 rebounds as well. Plum also added six boards to go along with her nine points.

Goldendale 15 21 13 15 - 64

Lyle-Wishram 9 4 9 8 - 30

Goldendale scoring: Peters 11, Aimee Bartkowski 10, Hedges 9, Plum 9, Kristin Bighorn 8, Kelli Bighorn 7, Ashley Bartkowski 6, Watson 4.

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Larissa McConville 19, Vanessa Ordaz 4, Lizzie Hawkins 2, Jade Childers 2, Adrienne Spino 2, Shakira Kelly 1.


Goldendale's tough weekend of SCAC play started Friday in Union Gap against the La Salle Lightning, the league's No. 2 team and also the No. 4 team in the state based on the WIAA RPI Rankings.

The Lightning, behind tough guard play and a difficult press, held the Timberwolves scoreless for the first quarter of the game, winning 66-27.

It was the last game Goldendale played without Gilliam, whose ballhandling and quickness would've been a big asset against the La Salle press.

Goldendale was able to pick up its offense after the opening eight minutes and gradually hold La Salle to lower scoring totals from the second through fourth quarters, but the first-quarter deficit was too big.

Goldendale 0 8 10 9 - 27

La Salle 26 18 13 9 - 66

Jaryd Cline

Allison Gilliam drives on a Zillah defender on Saturday. Her return to the court provided a big boost to the team's backcourt on Saturday.

Goldendale scoring: Aimee Bartkowski 12, Peters 5, Hedges 4, Plum 4, Kristin Bighorn 2.

La Salle scoring: Trista Hull 15, Kamryn Fiscus 10, Natalie Newman 9, Tatiana White 9, Tahlia Klebaum 7, Natalie Munguia 6, Hayley Stohr 4, Leah Ashby 2, Gillian Martin 2, Lilly Lancaster 2.

Up next

The Timberwolves were on the road Tuesday for the rescheduled game against White Swan, but results weren't available when the papers had to be sent out.

Goldendale has a break from the action on Friday before traveling to Naches for its second matchup with the Rangers on Saturday. Naches won 62-40 over the Wolves on Jan. 6 in Goldendale.


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