Indians split with DP, Pullman
An issue that has plagued the Colville High girl’s basketball team all season long came into play last Saturday evening against visiting Pullman. The Indians (7-7, 3-3) turned in subpar second and third quarters offensively and that was just enough of a cushion for the Greyhounds (10-5, 6-1), who had to withstand a fourth quarter CHS rally to post a 48-43 win.
Back on Jan. 15, Colville blasted host Deer Park (0-15, 0-7) 62-16.
Colville will be home this weekend. On Friday, the Indians will host East Valley (7:30 p.m.). On Saturday, Colville will host Clarkston (3-12, 1-6). Game time is 2:00 p.m.
After an entertaining and well-played first quarter that saw Colville lead 15-13, the Indians’ offense cooled appreciably. CHS managed only four second quarter points and trailed 25-19 at the half. Pullman added to their halftime and led 39-27 in the third period before the Indians made things interesting with a strong fourth quarter.
Taryn Main led Colville with 13 points.
Dakota Wickard scored a game-high 20 points for Pullman. Teammate Emily Drake added 14 more.
Non-productive second and third quarters have plagued the Indians for much of the season.
“It has been a problem,” conceded CHS head coach Ray Clark of the spotty stretches of scoring.
“We started out (against Pullman) very patient. Then we started shooting earlier in the second quarter and rushed shots.”
Pullman—the league’s best team
Overall, Clark was pleased with the effort against a rugged, very solid Pullman team.
“Overall, I thought we played pretty well against a good Pullman team…the best team in the league. We just couldn’t finish. There was some lack of composure by us down the stretch.”
Colville battled back to tie the game at 41-all in the fourth quarter before the Greyhounds were able to do enough down the stretch to hold off the Indians.
“We kind of got impatient again after we made that run and tied the game,” Clark said. “We kind of got caught up in our own excitement.”
As Clark has said many times, the Indians are still very much a work in progress.
“”We just need to keep improving,” added Clark.
In the easy win at Deer Park, Colville rolled to an 18-4 first quarter lead and led 35-8 at halftime.
In GNL action on Saturday night, Wickard scored 18 points and Emily Drake added 15 more to lead Pullman to a 63-57 win over visiting West Valley.
Erin Higbie led WV with 14 points.
West Valley (10-5, 6-1) beat Pullman 56-46 in the first meeting between the league-leaders back on Jan. 3.
Joran Phelan led three players in double figures as East Valley (11-4, 5-2) ran past Clarkston 68-54.
Jacyln Meyers led Clarkston with a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Cheney got 14 points from Chae Brown in a 39-21 win Saturday on the road at Deer Park.
Brown goes for 26
Brown scored a season and career-high 26 points to lead Cheney to a 66-62 win at Clarkston on Friday. Cheney outscored the Bantams 38-30 in the second half to pull out the win.
West Valley blasted Deer Park 61-19 on Friday night, outscoring the Stags 21-6 in the first quarter.
Back on Jan. 15, Pullman used a 26-4 third quarter to ease past East Valley 64-46.
Wickard led PHS with 18 points. Emily Drake added 16 more.
West Valley dominated from the outset in a 64-42 win at home over Clarkston.
Colville 62, Deer Park 16
CHS 18 17 14 13—62
DPH 4 4 6 2—16
Colville—Learn 4, Wittmeyer 7, Brons 15, Main 13, Taft 8, Rainer 6, Cabbage 3, Lee 6.
Deer Park—Barcellos 4, Rodriguez 2, Sitton 4, Sitton 6.
Pullman 48, Colville 43
PHS 13 12 14 9—48
CHS 15 4 8 16—43
Pullman—Wickard 20, Guido 2, Robinson 2, Guo 4, Drake 14, Moos 6.
Colville—Lee 4, Cabbage 7, Taft 2, Learn 5, Brons 6, Main 13, Wittmeyer 2.