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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Boys hang on at White Salmon after topping Ki-Be at home last Friday


December 12, 2018

Jaryd Cline

The Goldendale boys of, from left, Corbin Bland, Napoleon Owen, and Curtis Kayser, celebrate after last Friday's win over Kiona Benton.

The Wolves were back on the court for their second matchup with the Columbia Bruins for the second time in less than a week on Monday in White Salmon, and the game was a lot closer than the opener between the teams last Tuesday in Goldendale.

The Wolves crushed the Bruins 64-37 last week, but in White Salmon, the Wolves held off a fourth quarter rally from the Bruins and hung on for a 60-58 road win.

The win brought the Wolves to 3-2 overall with South Central Athletic Conference play right around the corner after nonleague wins over White Salmon and Kiona Benton throughout the last week. Goldendale hosts Granger and Cle Elum later this week as it begins conference play.

But against the Bruins on Monday, Goldendale shot 59 percent from inside the arc, and knocked down 6 of 13 attempts from long range but struggles taking care of the ball with a combined 20 turnovers.

The Bruins didn't shoot as well but took better care of the ball and had three players finish with double digit points, but couldn't overcome an eight point fourth quarter deficit.

Junior Cameron Mains connected on 5 of 6 attempts including hitting his only shot from beyond the arc, leading the Wolves with 12 points. Junior Nick Lee was the only other player to finish in double figures with 11 points, although the Wolves also had three players finish with nine points in senior Lane Siebert, junior Andrew Ihrig, and junior Dylan Layfield.

Goldendale 20 15 14 11 - 60

White Salmon 17 10 14 17 - 58

Goldendale scoring: Cameron Mains 12, Nick Lee 11, Andrew Ihrig 9, Lane Siebert 9, Dylan Layfield 9, Austin McKune 4, Hayden Lorton 4, Skylar Lowe 2.

River View

The Panthers jumped ahead 18-11 after the first quarter during Saturday's contest and stayed on top the rest of the game as the Wolves struggles to get their offense going.

River View limited Goldendale to single digit point totals in each the second, third, and fourth quarters and halted Goldendale's two game win streak.

No Goldendale player scored more than seven points as the team combined to hit just one 3-pointer while shooting 36 percent from the field.

Goldendale 11 6 9 6 - 32

River View 18 21 13 15 - 67

Goldendale scoring: Kayser 7, Siebert 6, Owen 5, Layfield 4, Lorton 4, Bland 2, Ihrig 2, Mains 2.

Goldendale rebounding: Owen 6, Bland 4, Mains 4, Lee 3, Ihrig 3, Kayser 2, Lorton 2.

Goldendale assists: Siebert 5, Bland 2, Mains 2, Ihrig 1.

Kiona Benton

Against the Kiona Benton Bears, an SCAC East school, last Friday in Goldendale, the Wolves trailed for less than a minute after Ki-Be scored the opening bucket, but regained the lead and kept it for the rest of the game, although the Bears made it interesting down the stretch.

Owen and Siebert each had layins after the Bears scored first, and a Kayser three broke a 4-4 tie, and the Wolves didn't give up the lead after that. Leading 13-9 after two free throws from Ihrig, Ki-Be banked in a half courter at the buzzer but the shot was a split-second late and was waved off by the officials.

Goldendale increased its lead to 26-20 heading into the break and came out strong to start the third. Owen scored underneath, and Siebert had two straight layins to put Goldendale up 12, but the Bears hung around and remained close.

A six point lead turned to one for the Wolves late in the fourth after a technical foul and three Ki-Be free throws made it 49-48 Goldendale with around three minutes left. The crowd in the GHS gm was rocking down the stretch, with loud 'de-fence' chats filling the gym as the Wolves clung to their small lead.

The Bears got within two with 14 seconds to go and Kayser was fouled, hit one of two, but Bland came up with a big offensive rebound and iced the game with two free throws after he was fouled.

The Wolves crushed the Bears on the offensive glass with 20 offensive boards in the game.

Goldendale 13 13 14 15 - 55

Ki-Be 12 8 14 16 - 50

Goldendale scoring: Kayser 15, Lorton 11, Siebert 9, Owen 7, Bland 5, Lee 4, Ihrig 2, Lowe 1, Mains 1.

Goldendale rebounding: Bland 8, Owen 6, Lorton 5, Lee 5, Siebert 3, Kayser 3, Lowe 2, Ihrig 2, Mains 2.

Goldendale assists: Lee 3, Siebert 2, Bland 2, Ihrig 2, Owen 2, Kayser 2, Mains 1, Lowe 1.

White Salmon (last Tuesday)

After a closely contested first half last Tuesday in Goldendale against county rival Columbia, the Timberwolves blew the game open with a dominant effort in the third quarter on both sides of the court.

Leading 31-24 at the end of the first half, the Wolves held the Bruins to just one free throw over the eight minutes in the third quarter while coming alive offensively to score 21 points of their own.

Junior Napoleon Owen scored the first five points of the quarter on a layin and by converting a three-point play while Lee hit a 3-pointer and Kayser hit two shots from long range to gain separation heading into the fourth quarter. Goldendale led by 27 going into the fourth where both teams scored 12 points.

Goldendale 12 19 21 12 - 64

White Salmon 11 13 1 12 - 37

Goldendale scoring: Kayser 14, Owen 10, Lorton 9, Bland 8, Lee 7, Layfield 6, Mains 3, Lowe 3, Siebert 2, Ihrig 2.

White Salmon scoring: Trenton Howard 13, Chandlor Bucklin 6, Isaac Wang 5, Austin Charters 5, Jacob Lockman 4, Stanley Hylton 2, Zavier Smith 2.

Goldendale rebounding: Lorton 5, Owen 4, Bland 4, Lee 4, Kayser 3, Lowe 1, Ihrig 1, Mains 1, Layfield 1.

Goldendale assists: Siebert 5, Bland 3, Lowe 2, Lee 2, Ihrig 2, Owen 2, Mains 2, Kayser 1, Layfield 1, Lorton 1.

Up next

After matching up with the Bruins for the second time in less than a week, Goldendale will be at home for three of its next four games, including the start to SCAC West play.

The 1-5 overall Granger Spartans will be in town on Friday to open league play with the Wolves. Last season, Goldendale finished the season strong with back-to-back wins, one coming at Granger where the Wolves knocked off the Spartans 70-65. So far this season, Granger's only win came against Mabton (73-53) last Friday.

After matching up with the Spartans, the Cle Elum Warriors will make the long trip to Goldendale. Cle Elum is 0-4 so far this season with after losing to Bickleton on Monday. Goldendale swept the season series last year, winning both games by a combined five points.

Stevenson will be in town next Monday. The Bulldogs have beaten the Timberwolves in each of the last two years.

After Stevenson, Goldendale will head to Highland on Tuesday.


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