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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Coug boys split at Kittitas, Soap Lake over the weekend


December 12, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Riley Mills was the leading scorer for the Cougs in both games last weekend.

The Lyle-Wishram Cougars boys hoops team had its hands full with one of the state's top teams last Friday, but bounced back for a big win the very next day on the road.

The Cougars fell on the road to two-time defending state champ Kittitas, 77-45, on Friday but finished up the weekend on a winning note with a strong 84-73 win at Soap Lake.

At Kittitas, the first Eastern Washington Athletic Conference contest of the year for the Cougars, the Coyote offense surged to start the game, scoring over 20 points in each of the first three quarters.

"Played hard and at times well, but Kittitas is very, very good," head coach Josh Padgett said in an email. "Definitely capable of winning a state title again."

The Cougs made some runs throughout the game, but the Coyotes, led by a balanced scoring night with four players putting up 15 or more each, were too much for the Cougs.

Riley Mills led the Cougars with a game-high 20 points while Kurtis Billette and Brandon Montoya combined to add 16.

Lyle-Wshrm 9 15 8 13 - 45

Kittitas 21 26 22 7 - 77

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Mills 20, Billette 9, Montoya 7, Dasean Leslie 5, Jarren Leslie 2, Gerry Kindrick 2.

The Lady Cougars also had a tough time with a good Kittitas team, falling 55-19 on Friday. The Coyotes came out hot and scored 21 points in each the first and second periods and limited the Cougs offensively.

Madison Olson led the way for the Cougars with six points while both Keegan Wolfsberger and Sierra Rappie Scored five. Sonya Rubio had two points for the Cougs and Alaura McCullough added a free throw.

Soap lake

The Cougs came alive offensively, sparked by four players in double figures, during Saturday's 84-73 nonconference win at Soap Lake.

A back and forth game in the opening minutes of the first quarter, the Cougs, up 9-8, went on a massive run thanks to a tough man-to-man press defense.

For the rest of the first and the whole second quarter, the Cougars cruised and went into halftime with a 53-28 lead and cruised throughout the second half for the win.

The Cougs also canned seven three pointers in the opening 16 minutes, with three coming from Dasean Leslie, and two each from Mills and Billette.

The team forced a handful of turnovers and turned them into easy points on the other end of the floor. Andrew Carlock came up big with a handful of steals for the Cougs and Montoya was the leading rebounder for the Cougs.

Mills led all scorers in the game with 26 points, Billette had 19, Leslie 17, Carlock 12, Montoya 8, and Kindrick had 2.

With the win over Soap Lake, the Cougars improved to 1-2 overall after previously losing to Class 1A Stevenson on Dec. 1.

Don't be surprised to see the Cougs rattle off a handful of wins in the upcoming weeks, they're a veteran team that can put up points in a hurry, and showed it on Saturday.

The Cougars were at home against Klickitat-Glenwood Tuesday evening, but results weren't available at press time.

Up next

After matching up with the Vandals, the Cougs will be back at home for a pair of games this weekend.

The Cougars host Tri-Cities Prep on Friday and Liberty Christian on Saturday for a pair of EWAC contests.

The girls games start at 6 p.m. with the boys following at 7:30.


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