Top-ranked Freeman, Selkirk
Kettle Falls High (6-10, 2-7) picked up a pair of Northeast A League wins last week and finished 2-1 during a busy stretch of action.
The Lady Bulldogs eased past host Chewelah 49-39 back on Jan. 15 and downed host Medical Lake 38-35 on Friday night before absorbing a 50-36 loss back at Kettle Falls Middle School on Saturday afternoon to Newport (11-6, 6-3).
Kettle Falls has the unenviable task of hosting perennial NEA champion and State 1A title contender Freeman (16-0, 8-0) on Tuesday. Game time is 5:45 p.m.
The Scotties, who lost the State 1A title last March to Okanogan and won the championship in 2011, are led by Molly McIntyre.
On Friday, Kettle Falls will step out of NEA play and travel to Ione for a date with Selkirk (6-8, 4-6). Game time is 5:45 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs will be idle on Saturday and will return to league play on Jan. 29 at home against Riverside (8-7, 4-4). Game time is 5:45 p.m.
Kettle Falls will close out the regular NEA season on Friday, Feb. 1 at Lakeside (12-4, 6-2).
The NEA playoffs will start on Feb. 5.
Kettle Falls, playing solidly on the defensive end, led nearly wire to wire in picking up their win at Chewelah. Kourtney Keenan led the ‘Dawgs with 15 points.
Kettle Falls was able to grab an early lead and maintain and build on it.
“We were able to get an early lead and keep adding to it a little bit,” said KFHS head coach Tyler Edwards. “I felt good about that. Shooting has been a problem for us, but we shot well enough.”
The win avenges an earlier 13-point loss to the Cougars at Kettle Falls.
KFHS shot 32 percent from the field and a solid 64 percent at the free throw line.
Defense at ML
Ryann Richmond led Chewelah (5-11, 2-7) with 15 points. Sydnie Katzer added 11.
In a close one at Medical Lake, KFHS used a 15-10 third quarter run and then held on late to record the road victory. Josie Stanard led Kettle with 12 points.
Key to a big road win at Medical Lake was the defensive job Emily Owens and Serena Pounds did on the Cardinals’ 6-1 Sabrina Earl. She managed only four points.
“Emily and Serena worked hard on her defensively and kept her (Earl) off the boards,” Edwards said. “That was a big key.”
It also didn’t hurt that KFHS was able to hit four straight free throws in the game’s final minute to keep Medical Lake at bay.
Kettle Falls held Medical Lake to a cold 21 percent shooting from the field.
The Lady Bulldogs hit 30 percent.
Kettle led by as many as nine points in the third quarter.
Kettle Falls simply didn’t have any answers for Newport on Saturday. The Grizzlies outscored Kettle Falls 16-6 in the opening quarter and then went on a 12-4 third quarter run.
Courtney Weise scored a game-high 21 points for Newport.
Edwards wasn’t displeased in his team’s outing against a very solid Newport team. KFHS lost at Newport by 38 points earlier this season.
“All things considered, we had a much better outing this time,” Edwards said.
Freeman, untested in the NEA this winter, blasted Medical Lake 58-26 on Saturday night at home.
Alisha Sorensen scored a game high 21 points for the Scotties, who led 16-4 after one quarter.
Ashley Cook-Cox scored 21 points and Lakeside ratcheted up the defensive pressure in a 41-22 win at Chewelah on Saturday. The Cougars managed only six second half points.
In their toughest outing to date, Freeman held off a late Newport rally to record a 48-37 road win over the second place Grizzlies.
McIntyre and Sorensen led Freeman with 14 points apiece. Sidney Siemson led NHS with 10 points.
Riverside got 19 points from post Courtney Davis and 15 more from Miranda LaJiness in a 50-41 win at home last Friday night over Chewelah.
Katelyn Garner led Chewelah with 10 points.
Cook-Cox made 12 points from beyond the arch and finished with 18 points to lead Lakeside to a convincing 57-38 win at Nine Mile Falls over Newport.
This one was never close. The Eagles hit 52 percent from the field and led 37-16 at half after a 23-6 first quarter.
Sabrina Earl scored 17 points and Medical Lake jumped ahead early and stayed there in a 54-42 win on Jan. 15 against visiting Riverside.
Davis led Riverside with 18 points.
KF 49, Chewelah 39
KFHS 12 11 10 16— 49
Chew. 9 8 8 14—39
Kettle Falls—Stanard 6, Pounds 2, Stanard 2, Owens 4, Hall 3, Johnson 9, Keenan 15, Goodnight 4.
Chewelah—Katzer 11, Garner 6, Krouse 2, Frederick 1, Richmond 15, Pugh 4.
KF 38, M. Lake 35
KFHS 7 5 15 11—38
MLH 4 10 10 11—35
Kettle Falls—Pounds 8, Stanard 12, Keenan 7, Johnson 4, Goodnight 7.
Medical Lake—Wegner 7, Wren 2, Earl 4, Trout 2, Morrison 2, Evans 9, Hegel 3.
Newport 50, KF 36
NHS 16 15 12 7— 50
KFH 6 13 4 13— 36
Newport—Malsbury 10, Siemsen 2, Newcomb 6, Frederick 5, Wiese 21, Rohrer 6.
Kettle Falls—Stanard 6, Goodnight 2, Hall 2, Keenan 12, Owens 12, Stanard 2.