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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Strong inside game from Naches and hot shooting Lightning drop boys to 1-4 in West


January 9, 2019

Jaryd Cline

Junior Andrew Ihrig drives around Naches guard Alex Sloan during Friday's loss to the Rangers.

The Goldendale boys team had its hands full last weekend as they dipped further down into the South Central Athletic Conference standings after falling to Naches and La Salle after returning to the court for the first games in close to two weeks.

The Timberwolves, back at home on Friday after last playing on Dec. 22, couldn't get on track in the 65-40 loss to the Rangers before falling a day later to la Salle 91-42 in Union Gap, falling to 1-4 in SCAC West play with a couple of tough matchups slated for this weekend.

The Wolves were looking to get back on track during a rare nonconference game on Tuesday against The Dalles Riverhawks, but that game was canceled Tuesday morning. Tuesday's game was set to be the first game against The Dalles since December 1994. The Riverhawks were 3-10 overall heading into he canceled game.

But after last weekend's losses, the Wolves fell to 4-8 overall and 1-4 in SCAC West play, and sit in a tie for fifth with Cle Elum, trailing the fourth spot in the standings by a few games. The top four teams in the SCAC East and West advance to the district tournament, and the Goldendale boys haven't advanced since the 2011-12 season.


The Rangers, one of the four SCAC teams to advance to regionals last season, put on a clinic on how to score in the paint, repeatedly getting free underneath the hoop for easy layins while also moving the ball well to find the open cutters.

Only two of Naches' 25 made field goals on Friday came from outside the paint. The Rangers also took care of the boards, and creates countless second chance opportunities with their offensive rebounding. They grabbed 15 offensive boards, with seven different players recording at least one.

Wolves 7 13 8 12 - 40

Rangers 18 20 16 11 - 65

Goldendale scoring: Nick Lee 11, Hayden Lorton 8, Napoleon Owen 6, Curtis Kayser 6, Austin McKune 4, Cameron Mains 3, Skylar Lowe 2.

Naches scoring: Caleb Deaton 26, Lucas Kent 12, Colton Lucas 9, Alex Sloan 9, Jaydaniel Lloyd-Watson 8, Kantawit Nedrow 1.

La Salle

The Lightning, last year's fourth place finishing team in the West, are headed for a better finish this season after a hot start to SCAC play. They sit in a tie for second after league wins over the Timberwolves, Granger and Cle Elum while falling to Zillah by 12 points in December.

Last Saturday against Goldendale, the Lightning came out on fire and rolled through the first few quarters of the 91-42 game. They scored 29 in the first and added 28 in the second, and built a 57-25 lead by halftime and cruised through the second half.

La Salle took the ball away 32 times from the Wolves and cashed in on offense with a 58-percent shooting mark while also knocking down 16 of 18 attempts from the free throw line.

Senior Hayden Lorton was the lone player in double figures for the Wolves, scoring 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting.

The Wolves also were efficient from deep on just nine attempts, with two triples coming from Curtis Kayser and one each from Nick Lee and Andrew Ihrig.

Wolves 13 12 9 8 - 42

Lightning 29 28 22 12 - 91

Goldendale scoring: Lorton 10, Kayser 8, Lee 6, McKune 6, Owen 5, Mains 4, Andrew Ihrig 3.

La Salle scoring: Sahil Randhawa 20, Kieran Kershaw 18, Nathan Sedgwick 14, Danny O'Conner 11, Domenick Saddedin 9, Sam Bartels 6, Kannon Quesnell 6, Hayden Seaman 4, Gunnar Gaethle 3.


The Wolves were at home for its last nonleague game of the year on Tuesday, but results of the game against The Dalles Riverhawks were unavailable when the papers were sent out. Check Wednesday afternoon for the scores.

They will be on the road this weekend for a pair of challenging matchups in the Valley, playing at No. 3 RPI ranked Zillah on Friday night before traveling to Granger on Saturday for the second of two contests against the Spartans. On Dec. 14 in Goldendale, the Spartans combined for 59 points over the second and third quarters and hit 10 3-pointers in the 85-52 win.

Zillah sits at 11-1 on the season with its only loss coming to Lynden on Dec. 27, the top ranked Class 2A team.


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