Chewelah picks up a big win over Riverside

The Jenkins High girls picked up their second Northeast A League basketball win last week with a 55-37 decision over Riverside.During a busy week, Chewelah also lost 46-36 to Kettle Falls and 59-36 to Lakeside. The Cougars played well in stretches, but couldn’t consistently play four complete quarters. One difficult quarter decided a pair of games last week.Chewelah opened their week with a difficult loss to Kettle Falls (9-7, 4-5). The Cougars started out well, playing a strong first half and holding a 23-15 lead at halftime. But in the second half, the Chewelah offense went cold and the Lady Bulldogs climbed back into the game. Big 4th quarterKettle Falls trailed 29-25 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, KFHS was unstoppable, outscoring the Cougars 21-7 and walking away with a 46-36 victory. Erin Johnson scored 10 of her team leading 12 points in the fourth quarter and Karlee Eslick added six of her 11 points in the game-winning run. Sydnie Katzer led all scorers with 15 points for Chewelah. “That was a difficult loss,” admitted Chewelah coach Tom Skok. “I think the kids realized it couldn’t get much worse for us after that, and that they needed to stop worrying about everything they hear and just play basketball.”The Cougars rebounded from their tough loss with a victory over Riverside on Friday night at home. Chewelah started fast, taking a 13-5 lead early, but this time Chewelah was able to grow their lead. Chewelah outscored the Rams 15-9 in the third quarter, building a solid 36-21 cushion they wouldn’t relinquish in the 55-37 win. “That was probably the most complete game we’ve played,” Skok figured. “Every kid that played performed well.” Solid everywhereKaitlin Krouse had a double-double for the Cougars, scoring 18 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Teammate Kara Fredrick added 13 points off the bench and Maggie Cobb had eight points and six steals in the win. “That’s more of what Kaitlin is capable of,” Skok said. “She finally relaxed and just played basketball.”Julianna Trepanier led Riverside with 14 points.Last Saturday, Chewelah visited Lakeside (14-2, 7-1) and gave the host Eagles all they could handle in the first quarter, taking a 12-10 lead. But Lakeside fought back, outscoring the Cougars 21-6 in that second period and taking a 31-18 lead into halftime. In the second half, Chewelah couldn’t mount a serious charge and cut into the Lakeside advantage on the way to a 58-36 loss. Sisters Ashley and Jocelyn Cook-Cox each scored 17 points to lead all scorers.Katzer and Cobb both scored 11 to lead Chewelah.Coach Skok felt the girls were a bit out of gas after the win on Friday over Riverside. “We played well in the first and third quarters, but we just didn’t have the legs to finish either half against Lakeside,” Skok said.SENIOR NIGHT On Friday, Chewelah will host Freeman (12-4) for Senior Night. The girl’s game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and the boys will get going at about 8 p.m.