One of the youngest teams in the tough Northeast A League will embark on a rigorous schedule this week.
Colville High (5-4) split a pair of games at last weekâ€™s SunDome Classic in Yakima. The Indians downed Woodland 28-21 last Thursday and fell Friday in overtime to Connell, 40-37.
Colville, playing solidly on defense, but struggling on the offensive end at this juncture, faces a busy slate of NEA games this week.
The Indians were at Newport (8-1) on Tuesday and will return home for home dates on Friday and Saturday against Riverside (Friday, 5:45 p.m.) and Lakeside (Saturday, 5:45 p.m.). On Tuesday, Colville will be on the road at Freeman. That game will also start at 5:45 p.m.
Riverside and Lakeside both enter the first week of league play with identical 5-5 non-league records.
â€śItâ€™s an exciting week,â€ť figured CHS co-head coach, Ray Clark.
It also could be something of a daunting one if CHS canâ€™t come up with some additional scoring.
â€śWeâ€™re a little desperate to find some other scoring,â€ť Clark added on Monday.
Clark and co-coach Al Bushnell both saw some positives in the Indiansâ€™ split of games at the SunDome Classic. The Indiansâ€™ defensive play was solid in the win over Woodland and the tough loss to Connell.
Big game from Main
Colville had its issues on offense, but sophomore point guard Taryn Main turned in something of a break-out game with 13 points in the loss to Connell. She hit a trio of three-pointers.
In the Connell loss, senior post Ashley Knight, who has been carrying the brunt of the scoring load most nights, was in foul trouble throughout and eventually fouled out. The 5-8 Knight scored all six of her points in the first quarter.
Senior guard Tasha Luu, who didnâ€™t score against Woodland, didnâ€™t play at all in the Connell game. And with Knightâ€™s tough outing, it was tough to find scoring.
The Indians had trouble scoring in the fourth quarter and were scoreless in the overtime period.
Colvilleâ€™s win over Woodland last Thursday was the lowest scoring game in tournament history. The game was something of a hackfest. Only 12 free throws were shot all game long.
â€śThat isnâ€™t going to help your offense any,â€ť Bushnell said of the officiating crewâ€™s disinterest in calling many fouls in the CHS match-up with the Beavers of the Vancouver area. â€śIt certainly has an affect on scoring.â€ť
Colville shot poorly in Yakima and didnâ€™t do a particularly good job of taking care of the ball. The Indians committed 25 turnovers against Woodland and 23 more in the Connell loss.
â€śWeâ€™ve got a lot of young kids,â€ť Bushnell said of Colvilleâ€™s work in progress on offense. â€śWe just need some of the other kids to step up.
â€śWeâ€™re getting shotsâ€¦weâ€™re just rushing a lot of shots. We just need to settle down. If we can do that, I think we are capable of blowing somebody out. I hope itâ€™s this week.â€ť
Two-time defending State 1A champion Freeman would seem to be the clear NEA favorite. The Scotties have a veteran team that pretty much steam-rolled through their December schedule.
Colville, Lakeside and Newport also figure into the mix.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
In holiday tournament games last week, Freeman won its own tournament with a 53-13 blasting of St. Maries (2-5). Senior Alyssa Maine led the Scotties with 19 points, 12 of those in the third quarter.
In the opening game of the tournament last Tuesday night, Freeman raced past Lakeland (7-5), 48-28. Lakeland beat Colville High earlier in December.
Molly McIntyre paced FHS with 16 points.
In the Reardan Holiday Tournament, Almira/Coulee-Hartline (7-1) blasted Chewelah (2-8) 66-14.
Madeline Isaak scored 25 points to lead the Warriors.
In the consolation game of the Reardan Tournament, Columbia High (Hunters), after absorbing their first loss of the season one night earlier to defending State 2B champion Reardan (9-0), bounced back for a 68-24 win over Chewelah.
Mackenzie Parrow hit 8 of 12 shots from the field to lead Columbia with 17 points. Lindsay Loe added 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
On Friday night, Chewelah fell at home to St. Georgeâ€™s (3-4) of the Panorama League, 39-36. Katelyn Garner led Chewelah with 15 points.
In the SunDome Shootout, Lakeside (5-5) came from behind in the third quarter to beat Zillah, 46-41.
Jenna Widman scored 10 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Eagles.
Also at the Shootout, Riverside downed Vashon Island, 38-24 behind Courtney Davisâ€™s game-high 16 points.
LaSalle beat Deer Park 53-36 in Yakima last Friday night.
In Thursdayâ€™s SunDome Shootout opening round, White River beat Lakeside 47-38 and Deer Park downed Zillah, 56-50. DP rallied with a 26 point third quarter.
Alison Ruygrok led DP with 14 points. Tessa Heins added 12.
Colville 28, Woodland 21
CHS 7 2 10 9â€”28
WHS 6 5 3 8â€”21
Colvilleâ€”Brons 7, Little 2, Wittmeyer 3, Main 2, Knight 9, Cabbage 5, Rainer 0, Lehman 0, Luu 0, R. Wittmeyer 0, Learn 0.
Woodlandâ€”Sorensen 2, McCullough 5, Smith 4, Grell 0, Mulder 0, Malik 2, Osborn 4.
Connell 40, Colville 37 (OT)
CHS 13 6 12 6 0â€”37
CON 5 7 14 11 3-- 40
Colvilleâ€”Learn 3, Little 2, Main 13, J. Wittmeyer 3, Knight 6, Lehman 7, Cabbage 1, Brons 2, R. Wittmeyer 0, Lee 0, Rainer 0.
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Connellâ€”Hawkins 5, Easterday 12, Booker 7, English 8, M. Booker 2, Schultz 6, Thompson 0, Stredwick 0.