Cougar boys pick up first league win over Liberty Christian, face Kittitas Thursday
December 19, 2018
The Lyle-Wishram Cougars boys team picked up its first Eastern Washington Athletic Conference win of the season during last weekend's exciting slate of games and have a busy week ahead before Christmas break.
The Cougar girls, still looking for their first win this season, had an extremely tough matchup with 6-1 Tri-Cities Prep, falling 63-11 on Friday before a much closer contest in a 55-39 defeat to Liberty Christian on Saturday.
The boys topped Liberty Christian 61-49 on Saturday in Lyle a night after falling 52-49 to Tri-Cities Prep and both the boys and girls will be at home for two of the next three games, starting with Thursday's EWAC contest against Kittitas, the second time this season the Cougs and Coyotes will take the court together.
The Cougs host Kittitas on Thursday and Dayton Waitsburg on Friday, the girls at 6 and the boys at 7:30 p.m. and wrap up the week on Saturday at White Swan. The three-game stretch could have big implications for the standings of the 10-team EWAC.
Through the first couple weeks of conference play, the boys sit in the middle of the pack in the conference, but plays 7-1 overall Kittitas before a couple of lighter opponents in 0-6 Dayton-Waitsburg and 0-5 White Swan.
The Kittitas boys sit at first in the league at 7-1 overall and is one of the top teams in the state at the Class 2B level. They also are two-time defending state champions.
After this week's slate of games, the Cougs will be off until after Christmas and won't have an EWAC game until the Jan. 4 matchup with Mabton.
Against an oversized Liberty Christian team with seven players listed at 6-foot-2 and above, the Cougs used their speed and pesky defense to force the Patriots into handfuls of turnovers throughout the game.
After an even first half, the Cougs, led by senior Riley Mills, exploded in the third quarter for 21 points while taking a 14 point advantage (47-33) into the fourth. Liberty got within eight points later in the fourth quarter, but the Cougs were able to hang on and close them out for the 61-49 win.
Leading just 26-24 at the half, the Cougs scored the first 10 points of the third quarter including 3-pointers from Mills and senior Dasean Leslie. They led by as many as 17 points in the quarter and had all the momentum going into the fourth.
The game slowed down a bit in the fourth, Liberty Christian made small runs and got to the free throw line, but couldn't get any closer than eight to the lead.
Cougars 17 9 21 14 - 61
Patriots 15 9 9 16 - 49
Lyle-Wishram scoring: Riley Mills 25, Andrew Carlock 14, Dasean Leslie 12, Brandon Montoya 7, Kurtis Billette 2, Gerry Kindrick 1.
The girls, with a 23 point performance from eighth grader Keegan Wolfsberger, remained close with the Patriots, but had a tough time dealing with Maddie Godwin, who led all scorers in the game with 26 points.
Wolfsberger hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Cougs trailed 13-10, but the Pats went on a big run in the second and didn't look back. They scored 20 in the third and led 33-16 at halftime.
Cougars 10 6 14 9 - 39
Patriots 13 20 13 9 - 55
Lyle-Wishram scoring: Wolfsberger 23, Adrienne Spino 4, Sierra Rappe 2, Maddie Olson 2, Savannah Schell 2, Jade Childers 2, Alaura McCullough 2, Lizzie Hawkins 2.
Cougars 14 6 13 16 - 49
Jaguars 16 7 19 10 - 52
Lyle-Wishram scoring: Dasean Leslie 17, Montoya 12, Mills 11, Carlock 7, Jarren Leslie 2.
Cougars 0 2 4 5 - 11
Jaguars 27 16 11 7 - 63
Lyle-Wishram scoring: Mariah Houston 3, Jade Childers 3.