Colvilleâs Taryn Main tosses pass to teammate Jessi Wittmeyer.
Indians look sharp in beating Cheney
Colville High (6-6, 2-2) took out a few frustrations on Cheney (3-8, 1-4) last Saturday night at home in a 53-35 Great Northern League girlâs basketball win. The win over the Blackhawks was one of the Indiansâ best all-around outings of the season and helped take away some of the sting of a pair of GNL losses to West Valley and East Valley during the week.
Colville fell to West Valley 43-32 back on Jan. 8 and dropped a 43-36 decision last Friday to host East Valley after leading by six points and half. The Indians were outscored 17-1 in the third quarter against the Knights.
Colville was at Deer Park (0-12, 0-4) on Tuesday and will entertain Pullman (6-5, 2-1) on Friday. Game time is 5:45 p.m.
An important date on Friday with Pullman
CHS head coach Ray Clark would like nothing better than to pull off a sweep this week after the Indians went 1-2 last week. If his team plays like they did against Cheney, a sweep is a distinct possibility.
âWe are starting to play better,â Clark said on Monday. âWeâre starting to get after it.â
While Deer Park continues to be the GNL cellar-dweller, Pullman has always had a solid program. The Greyhounds arenât quite as formidableâor as tallâas they have been in past seasons. PHS, like Colville, is guard-oriented. Itâs likely that something will give on Friday night when the âHounds visit.
âPullman is playing well,â Clark said. âThey are a veteran team (seven seniors). That senior class seems like it has been together forever.â
Look for the Indians, with their speed in the backcourt, to pressure Pullmanâs guards.
âWeâll work to put pressure on them and, hopefully, wear them down,â Clark said, noting that Jessi Wittmeyer and Malia Luu exacted considerable pressure and a toll on Cheneyâs guard rotation last Saturday night.
âThey did a very good job of working Cheneyâs point guard (Chae Brown),â Clark added. âWe need to do that to other point guardsâŠmake them workâŠwear them down.â
In the loss at home to West Valley, Colville struggled with the Eaglesâ pressure, particularly in the first half. On Friday at East Valley, Colville didnât handle the Knightsâ half-court trap in the third quarter. And EV didnât miss much in a very productive quarter.
âThat was a very good half-court trap, but it shouldnât beat you,â Clark said, promising that the Indians would work on pressure in practice sessions this week.
In the loss to West Valley, Erin Higbie led the visitors with a game-high 21 points.
Erin Wallman led East Valley in their comeback win over Colville with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Taryn Main led CHS with 10 points.
Learn hot early
One night later back home, junior Sadie Learn turned in her best offensive outing of the season, hitting several early jump shots to stake the Indians to an early lead they wouldnât relinquish. Learn finished with 13 points.
Cheney had trouble all night long with Colvilleâs quickness and full court pressure. The Indians raced to an 18-7 first quarter lead and expanded that to as much as 16 in the second quarter.
In GNL games last Tuesday night, East Valley (10-3, 4-1) downed Cheney, 58-40 on the road behind Hannah Burlandâs 11 points and Taylor Morscheck and Jordan Phelanâs 10 apiece.
Coreen Labish had 11 points for Cheney.
Janey Reeves led a balance Clarkston (3-6, 1-1) attack in a 54-17 rout of host Deer Park last Tuesday night.
On Friday, league-leading West Valley (8-4, 4-0) downed Cheney, 58-51, behind Erin Higbieâs 13 points.
Pullman built a 47-4 halftime lead and overwhelmed Deer Park, 61-12 on Friday. Emily Drake led Pullman with 19 points.
In a battle for first place in the GNL on Saturday night, Higbie scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead West Valley to a 52-46 win at East Valley.
It was West Valleyâs fourth straight win.
Wallman had 12 points and nine boards for East Valley.
Colville 53, Cheney 35
Chen. 7 10 14 4â 35
CHS 18 13 13 9-- 53
CheneyâLemelin 2, Brown 9, Morton 5, Sheffles 4, Labish 14, Brophy 1.
ColvilleâLee 7, Learn 13, Main 6, Brons 8, Wittmeyer 4, Luu 4, Taft 3, Cabbage 4, Rainer 4.
East Valley 43, Colville 36
CHS 15 7 1 13â 36
EV 8 8 17 10-- 43
ColvilleâBrons 3, Main 10, Wittmeyer 3, Learn 5, Luu 2, Lee 5, Cabbage 3, Rainer 5,
East ValleyâMorscheck 14, Burland 2, Munns 4, Phelan 8, Rankin 2, Sol 9, Wallman 12.
West Valley 43, Colville 32
WVH 12 8 10 13â43
CHS 5 5 11 11â32
West ValleyâMcGlothlen 2, Martin 10, Noble 3, Higbie 21, Finn 7.
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ColvilleâWittmeyer 6, Brons 1, Main 6, Rainer 4, Luu 4, Cabbage 11.