Cougars drop trio of games

The Chewelah Cougars girl’s basketball team dropped three games before their ten-day holi­day break, losing games to Re­public and Medical Lake at home and falling to Northwest Christian on the road. In a home game against Republic, a strong first quarter put Chewe­lah out in front, but a better second quarter put Republic up by a score of 23-19 at the end of the first half. In the second half, the Cougars managed to tie the game at 31 on the strength of their pressure defense, but the Tigers pulled away with a couple of late baskets that Chewelah couldn’t answer in a 40-36 loss. Brittney Wuesthoff led the Cou­gars with 11 points. Head coach Tom Skok was pleased with the effort of his young team against a much taller Republic team. “Republic didn’t shoot the ball really well, but they were able to out-rebound us,” Skok said. “Our defensive pressure was able to keep us in the game by causing turnovers.” The Cougars dropped a 50-38 game to Medical Lake last week.The first half was almost a mir­ror image of the previous one for the Cougars--a good shoot­ing first quarter and some good pressure defense gave Chewe­lah a 20-17 lead at halftime. In the second half, Medical Lake made some adjustments to the press and wore down the smaller Cougars to take the lead in the third quarter and pull away in the fourth. Katelyn Garner led the Cougars with 13 points. The Cougars played both teams tough, but the taller teams just proved too much for smaller, younger Chewelah. “We played pretty darn well,” said coach Skok. “It’s just that both those teams had quite a bit of size on us and that wore us out at the end of both of those games.”Last Saturday, the Cougars traveled to Northwest Christian and dropped a 46-6 decision. Chewelah was shut out in the first and third quarters and only made two baskets the en­tire game. It was one of those mostly forgettable games. Coach Skok summed up the game in the first sentence, “We had a rough go of it.” Unsure of what caused the Cougars to miss so many open shots, the NWC game appeared to be one of those contests where nothing was going to go right—from the get-go.“We came out flatter than a pancake,” said coach Skok. “We had some very good looks at the basket and missed...we missed layups...we just couldn’t make anything happen in that game.” The ten-day break allowed the Cougars (1-4) to practice and build confidence before their season resumes Tuesday.“We’ll have five or six practices to focus on things we aren’t do­ing well, and hopefully be better when we play Selkirk,” said coach Skok. THIS WEEKThe season resumes this week with a pair of games before Christmas. Selkirk visited Chewelah on Tuesday. On Thursday, Springdale of the Bi-County League visits JHS. Both games begin at 5:30 p.m.Republic 10 13 8 9--40Chewelah 13 6 12 5--36Republic--Jessen 6, Dillon 0, McQuay 0, Brown 11, Largent 8, Stout 11, Lane 3.Chewelah--Hopkins 5, Wuesthoff 11, Riese 0, Richmond 9, Krouse 0, Garner 2, Katzer 0, Smith 9.Med. Lake 8 9 15 18--50Chewelah 12 8 7 11--38Medical Lake--Nilles 3, Evans 2, W. Wren 8, Trout 2, Wegner 10, Petersen 3, B. Wren 0, Earle 16, Biesecker 6.Chewelah--Hopkins 0, Wuesthoff 11, Riese 2, Richmond 1, Frederick 0, Krouse 0, Garner 13, Katzer 8, Smith 3.NWC 11 17 16 2--46Chew. 0 4 0 2-- 6Northwest Christian--Me. Guske 0, Dietzen 10, Mc­Faul 5, Ma. Guske 0, C. Gray 2, Shellerud 0, Farmer 11, Knight 13, M. Gray 0, Yates 5.Chewelah--Hopkins 0, Wues­thoff 3, Riese 0, Richmond 0, Frederick 0, Krouse 2, Garner 0, Katzer 1, Smith 0.