Lyle-Wishram boys split over the weekend with big league games ahead
January 9, 2019
The Lyle-Wishram Cougar boys, after splitting a pair of Eastern Washington Athletic Conference contests last weekend, remain in fourth place in the conference standings with an even 4-4 record with just a handful of league games left.
At home for both games over the weekend, the Cougs started off strong with a big win over Mabton on Friday fueled by a huge third-quarter rally, but couldn’t make it a weekend sweep after falling 67-59 in overtime to DeSales on Saturday.
The Cougs, ranked No. 25 by the WIAA RPI Rankings among Class 2B teams, were at 1B powerhouse Sunnyside Christian on Tuesday but results weren’t available at press time. The Cougs, playing against Sunnyside Christian and Yakama Tribal (Jan. 15) have a couple tough nonleague games left before finishing out the EWAC slate in an attempt to make a run at the district and state tournament.
The Cougs sit in fourth of the 10-team EWAC, but have played two and three more league games than nearly every other team in the conference. They have some big league matchups down the road against Walla Walla Valley Academy, Tri-Cities Prep and Columbia Burbank in some games that could have big implications in the final standings.
With three players scoring in double figures, the Cougs crushed EWAC foe Mabton 72-35 on Friday in Lyle, using defense and offense throughout the game. They held Mabton to 2 points in the first, and borke the game open with a 30-point third quarter.
Cougars 15 13 30 14 - 72
Vikings 2 18 8 7 - 35
Lyle-Wishram scoring: Mills 26, Montoya 10, Dasean Leslie 10, Billette 8, Jarren Leslie 7, Carlock 7, Kindrick 4.
Looking to make it five wins in a row on Saturday against the DeSales Irish, the Cougs started out strong, slowed down a bit after halftime, but couldn’t hold on in overtime in the 67-59 loss.
Cougars 14 15 9 15 6 - 59
Irish 7 17 18 11 14 - 67
Lyle-Wishram scoring: Andrew Carlock 21, Brandon Montoya 18, Riley Mills 7, Kurtis Billette 5, Jarren Leslie 3, Dasean Leslie 3, Gerry Kindrick 2.
Returning for the first games of the New Year, The Lyle-Wishram girls, aside from a slow first quarter, played tough with the always tough Mabton Vikings during last Friday’s 61-43 loss before falling 53-12 to DeSales at home a day later.
The Vikings (8-3 overall) outscored the Cougs 11-0 in the first quarter and led 33-12 at halftime, but after the scoreless opening period, the Cougs play picked up and remained close with the Vikings.
Lyle-Wishram’s offense picked up, scoring 31 points in the second half while limiting the Vikings to 26, but the first quarter hole was too much to overcome.
Cougars 0 12 12 19 - 43
Vikings 11 22 14 12 - 61
Cougar scoring: Keegan Wolfsberger 20, Savannah Schell 6, Sierra Rappe 4, Jade Childers 4, Alaura McCullough 3, Maddie Olson 2, Adrienne Spino 2.
The DeSales Irish, the fourth place team in the EWAC, had little trouble with the Cougs in Lyle on Saturday, holding the Cougs to single digit scoring in each quarter.
Cougars 6 2 1 3 - 12
Irish 10 17 20 6 - 53
Lyle-Wishram scoring: Olson 4, Childers 3, Lizzie Hawkins 3.
The girls also were in Trout Lake from Dec. 28-29 but dropped a couple of nonconference matchups against Riverside Christian and Vashon Island along with last week’s EWAC losses to Mabton and DeSales on Friday and Saturday.
Against Riverside Christian from Yakima on Dec. 28, a low scoring first half turned in favor of the Crusaders after halftime in the 45-16 Cougar loss.
Riverside’s 14-7 lead after the break increased after they scored 21 in the third and 11 in the fourth while holding the Cougs to nine points.
Mariah Houston led the way for the Cougars with seven points and Alaura McCullough finished with four.
After opening with Riverside Christian, the Cougs took on the Class 1A Vashon Island Pirates but were slowed by tough first quarter in which they hit just one free throw in the 45-31 loss.
Lyle-Wishram’s offense picked up throughout the rest of the game with Keegan Wolfsberger scoring a game-best 19 points, but the first quarter deficit was too much to overcome.
After the two home league games, both the Cougar boys and girls will be on the road for its next two games, including Tuesday’s nonleague matchup with the Sunnyside Christian Knights.
Tuesday’s results were unavailable at press time, but judging by past results and current RPI rankings, both teams had their hands full against the Class 1B powerhouse. The SSC boys sit undefeated at 11-0 and at No. 1 in the 1B RPI rankings, while the girls are 7-4 and ranked No. 8.
After playing the Knights, the Cougs will be on the road for a long trip to play Walla Walla Valley Academy on Saturday with the girls starting at 6 p.m. and the boys 7:30.