Girls drop two on the road, travel to Cle Elum Saturday
January 16, 2019
Dealing with a recent brutal part of the South Central Athletic Conference West schedule which included playing three of the top teams in the state on the road all in one week, the Goldendale girls returned home for one game before getting back on the road later this week.
Starting with the undefeated and second ranked La Salle Lightning on Jan. 5, the Wolves were back on the road against the second and third place teams in the stacked SCAC West, playing at third place Zillah on Friday and at second place Granger on Saturday.
After falling to the Leopards 79-19 on Friday and to the Spartans 54-16 on Saturday, Goldendale was at home for the first on Tuesday for the first time since Jan. 4 against the Highland Scotties, but results weren't available when the papers were sent out. The Scotties topped the Timberwolves 70-27 in Cowiche on Dec. 18 and that remains their only SCAC win.
The Leopards, slated at No. 12 by the WIAA RPI Rankings and a state tournament team in each of the previous four seasons, powered past the Wolves on Friday with a high scoring, 52 point first half.
The Wolves, early on, traded points with the home team with baskets from juniors Delaney Peters, Ashley Bartkowski, and Abby Hedges in the opening minutes, but the balanced Leopards pulled away shortly after.
Zillah's Callie Delp, who led all scorers with 19, scored just two points in the first eight minutes but had 15 when they took a 52-14 lead into halftime. Sophomore Tiana Watson led the Wolves with six points.
Wolves 11 3 0 5 - 19
Leopards 27 25 16 11 - 79
Zillah scoring: Callie Delp 19, Addison Krueger 12, Hollie Ziegler 12, Brynn Widner 10, Abbie Kallenberger 9, Maddie Wallace 9, Iliana Ramos 4, Madison Elizondo 2, EmmaLee Nishi 2.
The Spartans, second in the West at 6-1 in league play and ranked No. 10 by the WIAA RPI Rankings, held the Wolves to just two first quarter points Saturday's 54-16 win. Goldendale's 16 points was the fewest they've scored in a game this season and the fewest the Spartans have allowed. They also held the Wolves to two points in the third quarter and three points in the fourth.
Senior Kelli Bighorn led the Wolves scoring six points and Peters had three.
Wolves 2 9 2 3 - 16
Spartans 13 10 13 18 - 54
Granger scoring: Jayleen Vasquez 18, Lily Stewart 10, Naya Roettger 8, Cassandra Herrera 8, Jasslyn Ramos 5, Dalia Quinonez 3, Isabella Payne 2.
After Tuesday's home league matchup with Highland, which results were unavailable for at press time, the girls will return this weekend with just one game, Saturday's road contest against the Cle Elum Warriors.
The Warriors, fourth place in the SCAC West at 4-3 in league play, beat the Wolves 56-23 earlier this season on Dec. 15 in Goldendale. They are currently riding a two game win streak after losing their previous four games, but play No. 2 ranked La Salle on Friday.
Last week's postponed game against The Dalles also has been rescheduled for Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. in Goldendale.