Defense keys Colville wins over Medical Lake, Chewelah

Priest River, T-lake this weekendDefense was the name of the game in Colville’s two non-league girl’s basketball road wins last week. In a 46-25 shellacking of host Medical Lake back on Dec. 18, the Indians’ defensive pressure exacted a toll.It was much the same last Saturday at Chewelah, where CHS rolled to a 32-10 halftime lead en route to a 50-21 win over the Cougars.“We are getting better on defense every week,” CHS head coach Greg Mace said of last week’s work. “That’s something we can definitely hang our hats on. There are going to be nights when you struggle from the floor. But you can always play good defense.”Against Medical Lake, Colville hit 30 percent from the field (19 of 62). The Indians were only four of 20 from three-point range and four of 10 from the free throw line.Brons leads wayTyra Brons led Colville with a season-high 16 points. Sadie Learn added 12.Cassidy Hagel led ML with 11 points.Colville hit a solid 42 percent from the field in the win at Chewelah. The Indians were only two of 12 from three-point range and eight of 16 at the charity stripe.Colville had 17 steals against Chewelah.Learn led CHS with 15 points. Taryn Main added 11 and McKenna Cabbage chipped in with nine points. THIS WEEKColville, in the throes of a month-long road trip, visits Priest River on Friday (game time is 4:30 p.m.). Colville travels to West Valley High School on Saturday to face Timberlake in another non-league game. Game time is 5:45 p.m.