Chewelah heads to Reardan Holiday tournament on weekend

The Jenkins High boy’s basketball team fell to 2-5 on the season after going 1-2 in three games last week. The Cougars began their week well with a 68-47 win over Kettle Falls at home, but Chewelah was overpowered in their next two games--a 68-46 loss at Riverside and an 81-50 home loss last Saturday night in the 395 Showdown to Colville.Chewelah head coach Jason Norman knew there were going to be some growing pains with his mostly inexperienced varsity roster. But Norman certainly see’s signs of improvement. “The kids are coming along fine,” Norman said. ‘We shot it well against Kettle Falls, but we hit a bit of a rough patch against Riverside.” Reardan tourney up next after Christmas Mason and McKenzie Miller have been supplying a bulk of the Cougars’ offense early this season. Chewelah has been looking for a consistent third scoring threat. Joey Shamberger and Nic Grimm have contributed at times this season, but are each looking for consistency. The Reardan Christmas Tournament is the final tune- up before the Cougars hit the bulk of the remaining Northeast A League schedule. Coach Norman wants to see how Chewelah bounces back from a couple of tough outings last week.“It will be interesting how the kids recover this week in Reardan against Wellpinit and then Reardan or Almira-Coulee Hartline,” Norman said of the weekend tournament field.RECAPLast Tuesday’s game was at home against Kettle Falls (4-4, 0-2) and the Cougars jumped out to a 25-10 first quarter lead and never looked back in posting an impressive win over an improved opponent. McKenzie Miller led Chewelah with 27 points, while Shamberger had his best varsity game to date with 16 points. “It was a very positive game for Joey,” Norman said of Shamberger’s break-out offensive game. “He broke both of his wrists over the summer, so it was good to see this kind of effort.” Cole Wren led the Bulldogs with 11 points.Mason Miller hurtChewelah traveled to surprising Riverside (7-0, 2-0) for Friday’s matchup and the Cougars were unable to overcome a slow start and an injury to Mason Miller in a 68-46 loss to the Rams. The Cougars found themselves trailing 17-7 after the end of the first quarter, but JHS held the deficit at 10 heading into halftime. In the second half, Mason Miller turned an ankle and the Rams put the game away, outscoring Chewelah 39-27 in the second half. Coach Norman felt the Riverside game would be a battle, but the ankle injury to Miller took the wind out of his team’s sails in the second half. “We went a bit flat after Mason turned his ankle,” Norman conceded.Nic Grimm stepped up for the Cougars and led them with 13 points, while McKenzie Miller added 12. The Rams’ Dalton Rausch led all scorers with 16 points.On Saturday, Colville came to JHS, and for the first 12 minutes, the Cougars held the Indians at bay. But twins Tevyn and Lukyn Holling combined for 50 points and Colville dominated the final 20 minutes on their way to an 81-50 victory. The Indian, still without injured 6-foot-9 post Matt Hubbard, shot 64 percent from the field and 54 percent from behind the 3-point arc while holding Chewelah to 27 percent and 43 percent.CHS stays hot“I was wondering when they would hit a shooting slump,” said coach Norman. “But even when they (Colville) started subbing, they still built their lead. It was one of those nights.” Mason Miller played, even though he was still slowed by the ankle injury sustained the previous night. “We weren’t sure if we were going to play him against Colville, but he talked himself into the lineup,” said Norman. “It was obvious he wasn’t the same.” McKenzie Miller led the Cougars with 20 points and Mason Miller added 11. Tevyn Holling led all scorers with 27 points.The Cougars have a short break, not playing until next Friday and Saturday at the Reardan Christmas Tournament. Chewelah will then be idle until Jan. 7 when they are home against Lakeside in a NEA clash. The boys tip off at 6 p.m. and the girls go at 7:30 p.m.