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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale girls still looking for first SCAC West win


January 23, 2019

Jaryd Cline

Freshman Payton Sheridan has been a strong ballhandler, rebounder, and scorer for the Wolves in her initial high school season.

Goldendale's girls, still searching for their first South Central Athletic Conference West win this season, came close last Tuesday at home in a 42-35 loss to Highland before falling 58-28 on the road Saturday to Cle Elum.

The Wolves, after dropping to 3-13 overall and 0-9 in SCAC West play, have three league contests left, two at home and one in Naches, and one nonleague game left this season.


At home against Highland last Tuesday, Goldendale's fourth-quarter push came up short as the Scotties came away with a 52-35 win to take the season series over the Wolves.

A back-and-forth game until the Scotties went on a 15-5 run in the third quarter, Goldendale climbed back but couldn't overcome the 11 point deficit at the beginning of the fourth.

Freshman Payton Sheridan returned to the court to lead the Wolves with 14 points and junior Ashley Bartkowski added eight.

Wolves 10 6 5 14 - 35

Scotties 9 8 15 10 - 42

Goldendale scoring: Payton Sheridan 14, Ashley Bartkowski 8, Delaney Peters 5, Lene Riggers 4, Tiana Watson 3, Kelli Bighorn 1.

Cle Elum

On the road against the Warriors on Saturday, the home team used a big first-quarter surge that kept them out in front the entire game. Jumping out to a 23-1 lead after the first eight minutes, Cle Elum limited the Wolves to single digit points in the next two quarters and led 53-15 entering the fourth quarter.

Sheridan had another strong offensive game, leading the team with 16 points while no other Timberwolf scored more than four. Cle Elum's Grace Terril, an Eastern Washington University soccer commit, led all scorers with 19 points.

Wolves 1 8 6 13 - 28

Warriors 23 18 12 5 - 58

Goldendale scoring: Sheridan 16, Bartkowski 4, Leslie Smith 2, Crysta Warren 2, Abby Hedges 2, Peters 1, Watson 1.

SCAC Districts

Similar to the boys side of the league, the top four spots for the district tournament look to be set, although the second through fourth place teams still could swap spots depending on how the rest of the games play out.

La Salle seems pretty safe in the top spot of the conference at 8-0, while Granger (7-1), Zillah (6-3), and Cle Elum (5-4) round out the league's top four. The top four in each the SCAC East and West advance to the double-elimination district tournament, which will run from Feb. 7-16.

Up next

The Wolves have four games left this season, with three of them at home.

On Friday, Goldendale will travel for its final road contest of the season when it takes on a Naches team that beat Goldendale 66-32 in the first meeting on Jan. 4 behind 34 points from sophomore Allison Uecker.

The Rangers, like the Wolves, are out of the district playoff hunt with a 4-11 overall and 2-6 league record.

After meeting the Rangers, Goldendale will welcome the top ranked Class 1A team in the state, the La Salle Lightning, on Saturday starting around 6 p.m.

Jaryd Cline

Senior Kelli Bighorn takes a shot from beyond the arc during an early season game against Stevenson. Bighorn, along with Crysta Warren, Joellene Sargeant, and Lene Riggers, are the four seniors on this year's team.

Undefeated at 16-0, the Lightning haven't played a close game since knocking off No. 4 Cashmere 49-47 on Dec. 28. They are fresh off a 65-35 road win against Zillah and will be looking to make a deeper run at state after finishing third last season. They beat Goldendale 76-19 in the first matchup on Jan. 5 in Union Gap.

The Dalles Riverhawks will be in Goldendale next Tuesday for a makeup game from the previously postponed game originally scheduled for Jan. 8.

Goldendale closes out its season with senior night on Feb. 2 against the Zillah Leopards. Seniors Kelli Bighorn, Crysta Warren, Joellene Sargeant, and Lene Riggers will be honored before playing in their last Goldendale home basketball game.


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