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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale boys fall in final seconds to Warriors

 

January 23, 2019

Jaryd Cline

Lane Siebert, one of two seniors on this year's Timberwolves along with Hayden Lorton, takes the ball to the rim during the home game against Granger on Dec. 14.

JBack at home for the first time in nearly two weeks last Tuesday against Highland, the Goldendale boys snapped their five game losing streak with a big win over the Highland Scotties (60-38), but couldn't make it two wins in a row after falling later that week by one point (46-45) in Cle Elum.

Falling to 5-11 overall and 2-7 in South Central Athletic Conference West play after losing to the Warriors, the Wolves slipped to sixth in the league and will miss out on the district tournament again. They haven't reached districts since the 2011-12 season.

The Timberwolves had a chance to jump the Warriors in the league standings, with both teams entering Saturday's matchup at 2-6 in SCAC play, but the host Warriors hung on for a one point win after a pair of late, go-ahead free throws.

Highland

The Timberwolves completed the season sweep over the Scotties with last Tuesday's 60-38 win in Goldendale.

Holding the Scotties to just 16 points in the first half, Goldendale opened up a 14 point halftime advantage and built on that lead in the second half.

It was a tough shooting game for the Timberwolves, who hit just six of 22 3-pointers, but an even tougher offensive game for the Scotties, who missed nearly half of their 18 free throws. The Timberwolves though, took advantage of their 22 trips to the line, hitting 18 of them while eight different players went to the stripe.

Junior Napoleon Owen came up big for the Wolves, leading the team with 14 points and also with eight rebounds in the team's first win since beating the same Highland team on Dec. 18.

Wolves 14 16 13 17 - 60

Scotties 9 7 12 10 - 38

Goldendale scoring: Napoleon Owen 14, Curtis Kayser 11, Lane Siebert 7, Andrew Ihrig 7, Austin McKune 7, Cameron Mains 5, Dylan Layfield 4, Hayden Lorton 3, Nick Lee 2.

Highland scoring: Brian Campos 14, Israel Diaz 7, Emiliano Salmeron 6, Ulises Naranjo 4, Lino Palacios 3, Miguel Pena 2, Kendall Keller 2.

Cle Elum

Up by one with less than 10 seconds in the game at Cle Elum on Saturday, the Timberwolves couldn't hang on against the Warriors in the final seconds.

Cle Elum, with seven seconds left, converted two of two free throws to go up one, and Goldendale couldn't connect in the final seconds as the Warriors captured the 46-45 league win and the season sweep over the Timberwolves.

Wolves 14 7 7 17 - 45

Warriors 11 7 11 17 - 46

Goldendale scoring: Lee 16, McKune 6, Mains 6, Kayser 6, Lorton 4, Ihrig 4, Siebert 2, Lowe 1.

Cle Elum scoring: Adam Rinaldi 17, Griffin Bator 12, Jake Kelly 7, Gage Ellison 5, Matthew Wilson 2, Brad Weber 2, DJ Hansberry 1.

SCAC Districts

It looks like the top four teams are set for the SCAC District Tournament, which runs Feb. 7-16, although the order in which the teams finish can still change.

The Zillah Leopards, ranked No. 3 by the WIAA RPI Rankings, seem to have the top spot in the standings locked up and haven't dropped a league game (10-0) yet. Their only loss was to Class 2B Lynden, currently the top ranked Class 2A school.

After the Leopards, La Salle, Naches, and Granger sit in second through fourth, respectively, still with chances to shuffle up the order. La Salle's only losses have been to Zillah, and they finish the year against Granger, Goldendale, Highland, and Naches.

Naches, which went to regionals last season, finishes with Goldendale, Highland, and La Salle in its bid to move up to second place and host a home game in the first round of districts.

The Spartans, who held off the Wolves 75-68 on Jan. 12, likely will finish fourth with three league games left against La Salle, Cle Elum, and Zillah.

Next

With the regular season nearing an end, the Wolves have just four games left, three of them SCAC West games and one make-up game against The Dalles Riverhawks, which previously was set for Jan. 8.

The remaining league games will be tough though, with the Wolves traveling to take on Naches on Friday before returning home Saturday to host La Salle, with both games starting around 7:30 p.m.

The Rangers have won five of their previous seven games and sit a half-game back of La Salle in third place in the West standings. With its strong inside game, Naches topped the Wolves 65-40 in the first meeting in Goldendale on Jan. 4.

The Lightning, second in the West at 11-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play, will be here Saturday for their second matchup with the Wolves. On Jan. 5 in Union Gap, four Lightning players scored in double figures in the 91-42 La Salle win.

Jaryd Cline

Junior Curtis Kayser shoots from inside the 3-point line against Stevenson on Dec. 17 in Goldendale.

Goldendale's last nonleague game, which originally was set for earlier this month, was moved to next Tuesday. The Riverhawks, from right across the river, will play the Timberwolves for the first time since 1994. From the Oregon 5A Intermountain League, the Riverhawks are 7-10 overall on the season and have a common opponent in Stevenson with the Timberwolves. The Dalles beat the Bulldogs 81-76 on Dec. 28 in Stevenson.

Senior night for the Timberwolves will be on Feb. 1 when the Zillah Leopards come to town to close out the regular season. Goldendale's two seniors, Siebert and Lorton, will be honored before the game.

 

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