Indians on the road at West Valley, Cheney & Pullman
Colville High (5-3, 9-7) faces its most difficultâ€”and most importantâ€”stretch of the season this week. The Indians, half a game out of third place and two games behind league-leading Pullman (8-1, 12-5) and West Valley (7-1, 11-5) in a tight Great Northern League girlâ€™s race, are on the road this week.
CHS is at West Valley on Tuesday before heading to Cheney (3-6, 6-10) on Thursday. Game time is 5:45 p.m.
Colville will make the long trek to the Palouse and a visit to Pullman on Saturday. Game time is 4:15 p.m.
â€śItâ€™s a very important week,â€ť conceded CHS head coach Ray Clark who is looking forward to the challenge of playing dangerous Cheney and the leagueâ€™s top two teams. â€śI like the fact that our toughness is going to be tested this week. Itâ€™s a real toughness test to see what we are made of.â€ť
Earlier this month, Colville dropped a 43-32 decision to West Valley and fell 48-43 to Pullman. CHS easily handled Cheney, 53-35, at home.
Colville likely played one of its best games of the season in shutting down East Valley (6-3, 12-5) on Friday at home. Junior guard Tyra Brons, who played an all-around solid floor game all weekend long, led the Indians with 11 points. Taryn Main added eight points for the Indians.
â€śWe played very well,â€ť Clark said of the win over a very solid EV squad.
Colville was unerring offensively, hitting 13 of 19 from the floor and 12 of 17 free throws in a defensive grinder at home.
Big 2nd quarter run
On Saturday, the Indians used a big 23-9 second quarter to get past stubborn, improving Clarkston (1-7, 3-13), 50-42.
Junior guard Jessi Wittmeyer led a balanced Colville attack with 12 points. Main dropped in 10 more.
Main and Brons, who scored nine points, both had seven points in the Indiansâ€™ big second quarter run. Colville posts McKenna Cabbage and Megan Lee both pulled down eight rebounds.
In other GNL action last Saturday night, Cheney blasted Northeast A League newcomer and former longtime GNL member Medical Lake, 52-24, behind Chae Brownâ€™s 16 points.
Cheney was able to force 22 turnovers off pressure.
Pullman blasted winless Deer Park 66-24 behind Emily Drakeâ€™s 17 points.
In GNL games on Friday, West Valley came from behind to post a 69-53 road win over Cheney. A 34-10 run was the key factor for the Eagles, who were led by Erin Higbieâ€™s 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Natalie Noble added 13 more points for WV.
Chae Brown and Coreen Labish combined for 34 points in a losing cause.
Big first half
Back on Jan. 22, Pullman led early and held on to post a 62-52 win at Cheney. PHS led 32-17 at the half.
Emily Drake led Pullman with 23 points.
Darien Brophy and Brown led Cheney with 13 points apiece.
East Valley manhandled Deer Park 62-21, running to a 21-4 first quarter lead. The Knights led 37-5 at halftime.
Colville 50, Clarkston 42
CLA. 12 9 8 13â€”42
CHS 9 23 8 10â€”50
Clarkstonâ€”Beuke 6, Swan 3, Carey 4, Meyers 1, Folsom 2, Sly 7, Morrow 4, Reeves 15.
Colvilleâ€”Lee 2, Cabbage 9, Taft 1, Rainer 4, Luu 1, Learn 4, Wittmeyer 12, Brons 9, Main 10.
Colville 41, East Valley 32
EVH 6 9 10 7â€” 32
CHS 13 6 12 10â€”41
East Valleyâ€”Moses 3, Munns 6, Phelan 6, Wallman 4, Burland 6, Morscheck 4.
Colvilleâ€”Brons 11, Main 8, Lee 6, Cabbage 6, Luu 1, Learn 7, Wittmeyer 2.