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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Girls open SCAC play with tough matchups, fall to 0-3 with loss at Highland


December 19, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Payton Sheridan drives on Granger's Cassandra Herrera during last Friday's SCAC West opener in Goldendale.

The Goldendale girls, tasked with a tough challenge at home against a couple of top-20 teams to start SCAC West play last weekend against Granger and Cle Elum, fell to the Scotties on the road on Tuesday to drop to 0-3 to start league play.

The Scotties also, also looking for their first SCAC West win, scored early and often in the 70-27 win and also limited the Wolves to just seven points over the first half.

But prior to Tuesday's road contest, the Wolves were at home for three straight matchups, all against top-25 ranked teams among Class 1A schools in the state, according to the WIAA's RPI Rankings.

The rankings were developed just a few years ago and takes into effect a team's win percentage, opponents' win percentage, opponents' opponents' win percentage, and strength of schedule.

The complete RPI Rankings, from Class 1B to 4A, can be found at

Granger, who is ranked 12th after the initial rankings this season, topped the Wolves 62-23 on Friday before the Cle Elum Warriors, slated at No. 16, won 56-23 on Saturday.

On Monday, Goldendale took the court for its third game in four days, matching up with the Stevenson Bulldogs (RPI No. 22), but a tough press defense held the Wolves in check and the Bulldogs came away with a 40-18 win.

With just one league game left in 2018, Tuesday's game in Highland, Goldendale will wrap up the year with another nonleague game on Saturday, traveling to Royal to tip off with the 3-2 overall Knights.


The Bulldogs came out in a full court press and scored the game's first 10 points after forcing turnovers on Goldendale's first couple of possessions. Freshman Payton Sheridan, one of the team's best ballhandlers, picked up a couple of early fouls and was forced to sit.

Ashley Bartkowski got the Wolves on the board after converting a pair of free throws with 5:15 left in the first and Leslie Smith scored on a putback later in the quarter, but those points, along with one free throw from Sara Hiebert, were the only points Goldendale scored in the first.

Tiana Watson sparked the Wolves late in the second quarter, forcing a steal and finishing at the other end of the court with just seconds remaining. Goldendale connected on just two field goals after the half.

Goldendale 5 6 4 3 - 18

Stevenson 16 8 4 12 - 40

Goldendale scoring: Tiana Watson 5, Ashley Bartkowski 4, Kelli Bighorn 3, Leslie Smith 2, Abby Hedges 2, Sara Hiebert 1, Payton Sheridan 1.

Cle Elum

The Warriors, a state tournament team a year ago with a tough, quick guard in Grace Terrill, held the Wolves to just seven first-half points last Saturday in Goldendale.

Terrill scored a game-high 26 points, but Sheridan scored 10 for the Wolves.

Goldendale 4 3 10 6 - 23

Cle Elum 26 7 12 11 - 56

Goldendale scoring: Sheridan 10, Lene Riggers 4, Smith 3, Bighorn 2, Hedges 2, Bartkowski 1, Watson 1.


It took Goldendale just a couple of possessions to knock down its first couple of shots, with Bartkowski scoring in the post and Bighorn canning a 3-pointer in the opening minutes, but the offense slowed down after that, finishing with six points in the first half of the 62-23 loss.

The Spartans, with a balance of inside and outside scoring, have been one of the top teams in the SCAC over the years, placing in three straight state tournaments from 2015-17, including third in 2016.

Veteran Granger coach Andy Affholter picked up his 400th career win on Friday.

Goldendale 6 0 6 11 - 23

Granger 11 16 16 19 - 62

Goldendale scoring: Sheridan 6, Bighorn 6, Bartkowski 4, Smith 2, Joellene Sargeant 2, Crysta Warren 2, Watson 1.


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