Important week for Colville girls

Indians on the road at West Valley, Cheney & PullmanColville High (5-3, 9-7) faces its most difficult—and most important—stretch of the season this week. The Indians, half a game out of third place and two games behind league-leading Pullman (8-1, 12-5) and West Valley (7-1, 11-5) in a tight Great Northern League girl’s race, are on the road this week.CHS is at West Valley on Tuesday before heading to Cheney (3-6, 6-10) on Thursday. Game time is 5:45 p.m.Colville will make the long trek to the Palouse and a visit to Pullman on Saturday. Game time is 4:15 p.m.“It’s a very important week,” conceded CHS head coach Ray Clark who is looking forward to the challenge of playing dangerous Cheney and the league’s top two teams. “I like the fact that our toughness is going to be tested this week. It’s a real toughness test to see what we are made of.”Earlier this month, Colville dropped a 43-32 decision to West Valley and fell 48-43 to Pullman. CHS easily handled Cheney, 53-35, at home. RECAPColville likely played one of its best games of the season in shutting down East Valley (6-3, 12-5) on Friday at home. Junior guard Tyra Brons, who played an all-around solid floor game all weekend long, led the Indians with 11 points. Taryn Main added eight points for the Indians.“We played very well,” Clark said of the win over a very solid EV squad. Colville was unerring offensively, hitting 13 of 19 from the floor and 12 of 17 free throws in a defensive grinder at home.Big 2nd quarter runOn Saturday, the Indians used a big 23-9 second quarter to get past stubborn, improving Clarkston (1-7, 3-13), 50-42.Junior guard Jessi Wittmeyer led a balanced Colville attack with 12 points. Main dropped in 10 more. Main and Brons, who scored nine points, both had seven points in the Indians’ big second quarter run. Colville posts McKenna Cabbage and Megan Lee both pulled down eight rebounds.ELSEWHEREIn other GNL action last Saturday night, Cheney blasted Northeast A League newcomer and former longtime GNL member Medical Lake, 52-24, behind Chae Brown’s 16 points.Cheney was able to force 22 turnovers off pressure.Pullman blasted winless Deer Park 66-24 behind Emily Drake’s 17 points.In GNL games on Friday, West Valley came from behind to post a 69-53 road win over Cheney. A 34-10 run was the key factor for the Eagles, who were led by Erin Higbie’s 18 points and 12 rebounds.Natalie Noble added 13 more points for WV.Chae Brown and Coreen Labish combined for 34 points in a losing cause.Big first halfBack on Jan. 22, Pullman led early and held on to post a 62-52 win at Cheney. PHS led 32-17 at the half.Emily Drake led Pullman with 23 points.Darien Brophy and Brown led Cheney with 13 points apiece.East Valley manhandled Deer Park 62-21, running to a 21-4 first quarter lead. The Knights led 37-5 at halftime.Colville 50, Clarkston 42CLA. 12 9 8 13—42CHS 9 23 8 10—50Clarkston—Beuke 6, Swan 3, Carey 4, Meyers 1, Folsom 2, Sly 7, Morrow 4, Reeves 15.Colville—Lee 2, Cabbage 9, Taft 1, Rainer 4, Luu 1, Learn 4, Wittmeyer 12, Brons 9, Main 10.Colville 41, East Valley 32EVH 6 9 10 7— 32CHS 13 6 12 10—41East Valley—Moses 3, Munns 6, Phelan 6, Wallman 4, Burland 6, Morscheck 4.Colville—Brons 11, Main 8, Lee 6, Cabbage 6, Luu 1, Learn 7, Wittmeyer 2.