By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Wolves drop last home contest as Bartkowski, Gilliam, and Plum end long GHS careers

 

February 7, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Senior Allison Gilliam drives to the hoop for a layin during Saturday's senior night contest against Cle Elum.

Next season, the Goldendale girls hoops program will look a little different without this year's crop of three seniors.

Aimee Bartkowski, Allison Gilliam, and Sierra Plum closed out their high school basketball careers over the weekend during Saturday's senior night contest against Cle Elum, marking then end of an era for the three seniors with 11 combined years of varsity basketball experience.

With Gilliam leading the way with 12 points in her last game, the Timberwolves fell 75-26 to the district-bound Warriors on Saturday a day after they dropped a 66-36 contest at Granger.

The season didn't quite go the way that head coach Mike Plum and the rest of the Timberwolves envisioned, finishing with just one win in South Central Athletic Conference play. The Wolves however, specifically Gilliam, were hit with an injury bug that had Plum plugging in different rotations and players throughout the season.


Gilliam was forced to miss the bulk of the SCAC season, missing eight games from Dec. 16 to Jan. 19. But in her absence, Bartkowski, and some of the younger Goldendale guards were able to step up and fill in.

However, the loss of Gilliam for much of the league season really made it tough for the Timberwolves against some of the league's teams with good guard play. She was a great ballhandler who was able to break tough presses, and could score from inside and on the perimeter.

All the varsity minutes that junior Kelli Bighorn, sophomore Abby Hedges, and freshman Tiana Watson played at either guard position this year will be big going forward with the losses of the three seniors this season.

The Wolves started quick against the Warriors on Saturday, but the visitors were too tough for 32 minutes. Cle Elum's guards were able to do some damage penetrating the paint, while post players Melli Rodriguez and Bricky McBride were able to control the boards against the younger Goldendale forwards. The Warriors finished at the league's No. 3 seed with a 7-5 league record.

Goldendale 8 6 7 5 - 26

Cle Elum 20 22 17 16 - 75

Goldendale scoring: Gilliam 12, Tiana Watson 4, Kristin Bighorn 4, Aimee Bartkowski 3, Delaney Peters 3.

Cle Elum scoring: Melli Rodriguez 16, Grace Terrill 15, Anna Kelly 12, Emily Lussier 9, Lauryn Hink 6, Grace Jackson 5, Hallee Hink 4, Naomi Baker 4, Bricky McBride 4.

Friday

Things weren't any easier for the Wolves on Friday when they traveled to Granger for the last road conference of the year.

The Spartans have a couple of tough post players and have a group of good guards who combine to make a tough press defense.

Goldendale 0 5 15 16 - 36

Granger 16 20 12 18 - 66

Goldendale scoring: Plum 8, Peters 6, Aimee Bartkowski 5, Ashley Bartkowski 5, Gilliam 4, Kristin Bighorn 4, Kelli Bighorn 3, Hedges 1.

Granger scoring: Sophie Blodgett 19, Tori Zapien 11, Laynie Brien 10, Jayleen Vasquez 9, Cecilia Ornelas 6, Emma Stewart 6, Naya Roettger 3, Lily Stewart 2.

Jaryd Cline

Sophomore Kristin Bighorn takes a jumper during Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

 

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