Sadie Learn and Taryn Main battle for loose ball with Pullmanâ€™s Anna Guo.
Indians split with DP, Pullman
An issue that has plagued the Colville High girlâ€™s basketball team all season long came into play last Saturday evening against visiting Pullman. The Indians (7-7, 3-3) turned in subpar second and third quarters offensively and that was just enough of a cushion for the Greyhounds (10-5, 6-1), who had to withstand a fourth quarter CHS rally to post a 48-43 win.
Back on Jan. 15, Colville blasted host Deer Park (0-15, 0-7) 62-16.
Colville will be home this weekend. On Friday, the Indians will host East Valley (7:30 p.m.). On Saturday, Colville will host Clarkston (3-12, 1-6). Game time is 2:00 p.m.
After an entertaining and well-played first quarter that saw Colville lead 15-13, the Indiansâ€™ offense cooled appreciably. CHS managed only four second quarter points and trailed 25-19 at the half. Pullman added to their halftime and led 39-27 in the third period before the Indians made things interesting with a strong fourth quarter.
Taryn Main led Colville with 13 points.
Dakota Wickard scored a game-high 20 points for Pullman. Teammate Emily Drake added 14 more.
Non-productive second and third quarters have plagued the Indians for much of the season.
â€śIt has been a problem,â€ť conceded CHS head coach Ray Clark of the spotty stretches of scoring.
â€śWe started out (against Pullman) very patient. Then we started shooting earlier in the second quarter and rushed shots.â€ť
Pullmanâ€”the leagueâ€™s best team
Overall, Clark was pleased with the effort against a rugged, very solid Pullman team.
â€śOverall, I thought we played pretty well against a good Pullman teamâ€¦the best team in the league. We just couldnâ€™t finish. There was some lack of composure by us down the stretch.â€ť
Colville battled back to tie the game at 41-all in the fourth quarter before the Greyhounds were able to do enough down the stretch to hold off the Indians.
â€śWe kind of got impatient again after we made that run and tied the game,â€ť Clark said. â€śWe kind of got caught up in our own excitement.â€ť
As Clark has said many times, the Indians are still very much a work in progress.
â€śâ€ťWe just need to keep improving,â€ť added Clark.
In the easy win at Deer Park, Colville rolled to an 18-4 first quarter lead and led 35-8 at halftime.
In GNL action on Saturday night, Wickard scored 18 points and Emily Drake added 15 more to lead Pullman to a 63-57 win over visiting West Valley.
Erin Higbie led WV with 14 points.
West Valley (10-5, 6-1) beat Pullman 56-46 in the first meeting between the league-leaders back on Jan. 3.
Joran Phelan led three players in double figures as East Valley (11-4, 5-2) ran past Clarkston 68-54.
Jacyln Meyers led Clarkston with a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Cheney got 14 points from Chae Brown in a 39-21 win Saturday on the road at Deer Park.
Brown goes for 26
Brown scored a season and career-high 26 points to lead Cheney to a 66-62 win at Clarkston on Friday. Cheney outscored the Bantams 38-30 in the second half to pull out the win.
West Valley blasted Deer Park 61-19 on Friday night, outscoring the Stags 21-6 in the first quarter.
Back on Jan. 15, Pullman used a 26-4 third quarter to ease past East Valley 64-46.
Wickard led PHS with 18 points. Emily Drake added 16 more.
West Valley dominated from the outset in a 64-42 win at home over Clarkston.
Colville 62, Deer Park 16
CHS 18 17 14 13â€”62
DPH 4 4 6 2â€”16
Colvilleâ€”Learn 4, Wittmeyer 7, Brons 15, Main 13, Taft 8, Rainer 6, Cabbage 3, Lee 6.
Deer Parkâ€”Barcellos 4, Rodriguez 2, Sitton 4, Sitton 6.
Pullman 48, Colville 43
PHS 13 12 14 9â€”48
CHS 15 4 8 16â€”43
Pullmanâ€”Wickard 20, Guido 2, Robinson 2, Guo 4, Drake 14, Moos 6.
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Colvilleâ€”Lee 4, Cabbage 7, Taft 2, Learn 5, Brons 6, Main 13, Wittmeyer 2.