Kettle falls to Newport, Freeman

Riverside, L-side up next for KFIt was a rough week for Kettle Falls High (6-5, 1-3) in Northeast A League girl’s basketball.The Lady Bulldogs fell behind 17-5 after the first quarter back on Jan. 7 against Newport. It didn’t get much better the rest of the way and KFHS dropped a 60-39 decision to the visiting Grizzlies.Newport, like they have done all winter long, relied on two principal scoring threats—Holly Malsbury (29 points) and Jolie Frederick (16). The hard-working Malsbury was 12 of 14 from the free throw line. As a team, Newport was 22 of 28 at the charity stripe.Erin Johnson led Kettle with eight points.Poor startLast Friday night at Kettle Falls Middle School, KFHS got schooled again, falling behind by the same 17-5 deficit to Freeman in the first quarter on the way to a 62-34 loss.Perennial NEA and state power Freeman, not as deep as the Scotties have been in past seasons, got 15 points from Sydney Sather (all from three-point distance). Sierra McGarity poured in 17 and Katie Vold chipped in with 14 for FHS, who finished 14 of 19 at the free throw line.Kettle Falls didn’t shoot the ball well in either loss. “We played poorly against Newport,” KFHS head coach Tyler Edwards said. “Newport shot well…we got frustrated early and dug ourselves a hole.”Too many forced shots and turnovers, Edwards added.Despite the lopsided score, Edwards was generally pleased with the effort against Freeman.“I thought we played reasonably well against Freeman,” Edwards said. “We just couldn’t get the ball in the hoop.”**See full story in the 1/15/14 of the Statesman Examiner.