Goldendale girls use defense to crush White Salmon
December 12, 2018
Playing in their third game in four days Monday in White Salmon, the Timberwolves showed no sign of slowing down, cruising to a 50-16 win over the Bruins in all-around effort where every girl contributed to the team's win.
After a pair of nonleague contests against South Central Athletic Conference East teams last weekend – a 42-32 win over Ki-Be Friday and a 43-34 loss at River View a day later – the Wolves bounced back from last Tuesday's 42-39 loss against the Bruins with a big road win on Monday after a slow start.
The Wolves started slow in the first quarter with just six points, but picked things up throughout the rest of the game. The looks were there early, but it took a quarter or so for the Wolves to start hitting.
"Firstly, we got a ton of good looks at the hoop but they just didn't fall," head coach Konrad Bomberger said of the game's first eight minutes.
Those shots that were missing early started to fall later, but it wasn't the Wolves offensive output that Bomberger was most pleased with. The girls weren't discouraged after the slow start, and picked things up on both ends of the court to start the second.
"What I liked was even with that kind of stuff happening, the girls just kept competing," Bomberger said.
The Wolves turned up the full court defensive pressure in the second, crushing the Bruin offense while forcing turnovers which led to easy offensive opportunities. Goldendale shut out White Salmon in the second and led 22-6 at halftime.
It didn't stop there though. The Wolves continued to ramp it up throughout the second half, and with the game well under control, the girls wanted to continue to press the Bruins and create turnovers. Up over 20 points in the fourth, Bomberger took the press off to work on the girls' half-court defense.
Along with the strong pressure defense, Bomberger said he also was impressed with the post defense played by Sara Hiebert, Delaney Peters, and Ashley Bartkowski.
Goldendale 6 16 12 16 - 50
White Salmon 6 0 8 2 - 16
A back and forth fourth quarter didn't quite go Goldendale's way during Saturday's nonleague game at River View, although the Wolves were in the game until the Panthers extended the lead with free throws in the final minute of the 43-34 contest.
Bomberger said the girls battled through a tough River View press and that they trailed by four in the final minute until the Panthers extended their lead with free throws.
He also liked their defensive intensity on the road in a game where things weren't necessarily going their way.
Goldendale 9 9 7 9 - 34
River View 8 12 9 14 - 43
The Ki-Be Bears rolled into town looking for their first win of the young season, but the Wolves had other plans.
After a low scoring first quarter in which Goldendale scored six points in the first and five in the second, the offense picked up in the third and carried over into the fourth. The second half surge in which Goldendale outscored the Bears 31-18 lifted to home team to its second win in the first three games.
The Bears scored the first six points of the second but Goldendale closed the quarter with five of the last seven points. Senior Lene Riggers stole a pass and fed it to Hedges for a layin and also knocked down a jumper of her own in the quarter's last minute to make it 14-11 Bears at the break.
Shortly after the start of the third, Delaney Peters knocked down a triple just before the shot clock buzzer sounded to give the Wolves their first lead (16-15) since the first quarter. The teams traded leads a couple more times in the third and Leslie Smith broke a 22 all tie with a jumper that put the Wolves up two going into the fourth.
Two more lead changes took place in the early minutes of the fourth before the Wolves took over for good.
Watson scored and was fouled, and completed the three-point play to put the Wolves up 27-26, but Watson wasn't done yet. She scored eight of her 11 points over the fourth and helped the Wolves pull away in the final minutes. Sheridan also had a big final period, also putting in eight points including a 3-pointer that put the Wolves up nine (37-28) with three minutes to go.
Goldendale 6 5 13 18 - 42
Kiona Benton 6 8 8 10 - 32
"It's going to be a tough test," Bomberger said. "We're expecting full-court pressure all game."
The Spartans sit at 3-3 overall with wins over Connell, Toppenish, and Mabton. They are coming off a 65-32 loss at Cashmere last Saturday.
Cle Elum already has started league play with a win after topping Naches 58-50 last weekend. The Warriors, as of Monday, are 4-1 overall with their only loss coming to Chelan in November.
But they are back at it just a day later, traveling to Highland on Tuesday for their first SCAC West road contest.