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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Bartkowski, Plum, and Gilliam close out GHS hoops careers as Wolves host Warriors Saturday


January 31, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Senior Aimee Bartkowski makes a jump pass during the team's home game against Naches on Jan. 6. Bartkowski and fellow seniors Sierra Plum, Allison Gilliam, Talia Johnson, and Halie Allen will be honored before Saturday's game against Cle Elum.

As the 2017-18 hoops season rolls into the regular season's last weekend, the Goldendale girls hoops program will say goodbye to a trio of fourth-year players whose experience, leadership, and skills will surely be missed in the coming years.

During Saturday's senior night contest against Cle Elum that's slated for a 6 p.m. start, varsity seniors Aimee Bartkowski, Allison Gilliam, and Sierra Plum will take the court for the last time in front of the home fans, while junior varsity seniors Talia Johnson and Halie Allen also will be honored before tipoff with the Warriors.

Bartkowski, Gilliam, and Plum have been with the team since their freshmen years, and were quick learners last season when head coach Mike Plum transformed the offense into more of an up-tempo style. Aside from just running the offense, the group also was instrumental in helping this year's crop of underclassmen and new varsity players to learn the new style of play.

They were a second, third, and fourth set of eyes on the court after the head coach for a Timberwolves team with half its roster as underclassmen.

However, Gilliam's season was cut in half due to injuries, as one of the conference's top players was forced to watch from the sidelines. She returned to the court not too long ago, and has brought the ballhandling, scoring, and energy the team missed at times during her absence.


The girls couldn't get back on track in the South Central Athletic Conference, falling in their only league game last week on the road to the Naches Rangers.

It was tough for the Wolves to get a basket early, scoring just five points in the first quarter and going into halftime trailing 33-13.

Gilliam led all Goldendale scorers with 11 points, and sophomore Delaney Peters added six as the Wolves were able to pick up their scoring in the second half.

Goldendale 5 8 8 12 - 33

Naches 19 14 13 13 - 59

Goldendale scoring: Gilliam 11, Peters 6, Ashley Bartkowski 5, Kristin Bighorn 4, Tiana Watson 3, Aimee Bartkowski 3, Plum 1.

Naches scoring: Allison Uecker 20, Faith Hahn-Landis 10, Jessie Ring 10, Audrey Kime 9, Megan Davis 6, Katrina Johns 4.

Last Tuesday

Goldendale opened the week against its old league rival White Swan, two weeks after it originally was scheduled.

Back on Jan. 9 shortly after the junior varsity games started, the power in the gym, and parts of the valley went out, forcing the game to be postponed.

Well the Timberwolves had their hands full against the No. 10 ranked Class 2B team in the state in the 69-26 nonconference loss.

Four Cougars scored in double figures as the home team scored more than 60 for the 10th time this season.

Peters, who's shown a nice shooting stroke from beyond the arc, paced the Wolves with nine points while Aimee Bartkowski also scored nine.

Goldendale 2 9 4 11 - 26

White Swan 20 12 19 18 - 69

Goldendale scoring: Peters 9, Aimee Bartkowski 9, Gilliam 3, Watson 3, Ashley Bartkowski 2.

White Swan scoring: Shiala Wolfsberger 15, Ashley Anderson 15, Kianna Castilleja 14, Jessica Cheney 10, Haley Bass 8, Julia Andrews 3, Amanda Carey 2, Kaityn Zagelow 2.

Up next

The slate doesn't get any easier for the Wolves as the regular season comes to an end.

Goldendale will be on the road for Granger's senior night on Friday. The Spartans knocked off the Timberwolves 58-18 at home on Jan. 12 and sit in third in the league standings at 11-7 overall and 6-4 in league play. They are ranked No. 13 among 1A schools.

They face another tough challenge in Cle Elum and senior Melli Rodriguez and sophomore Grace Terrill, both all-league performers a year ago. The Warriors are ranked slightly ahead of the Spartans at No. 11 among 1A girls.


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