After a lackadaisical first half, it was time for the Kamiakin girls basketball team to get down to business.
And what a sight it was.
The Braves opened Mid-Columbia Conference play with a dominating 50-33 victory against visiting Richland on Friday, using a 9-0 run to open the third quarter to blow the game open.
We got more focused, Kamiakin sophomore Lindsey Schauble said. We tried to front them and do help-side defense, and not let them get the ball (underneath).
The plan worked, as the Braves (1-0 league, 5-1 overall) snared 28 turnovers and consistently forced the Bombers into hurried shots and bad passes.
We were a little intimidated and got a little frazzled, Richlands Kennedy Corrigan said. We just need to calm down, relax a little bit and play with more confidence.
Kamiakin did all of those things Friday, playing like a team that has been to state the last two seasons.
Leading 17-12 after a Kayla Catone jumper late in the first half, Kamiakin went on a 14-0 run to effectively ice the game.
Holly Ellison converted a three-point play, Courtney Nelson and Amanda Miller had layups, then Sira Toure made a layup, hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and capped the run with another lay-in.
I thought we were a little lackadaisical in the first half, Kamiakin coach Lane Schumacher said. We came out with more intensity in the second half, and our traps caused them a little bit of trouble.
Whenever you hold a good scoring team to 33 points, thats a great job of executing.
While things were clicking defensively for Kamiakin, the Braves showed off a balanced offense.
With Nelson being held loosely in check she finished with eight points but contributed six assists to just one turnover Toure and Schauble carried the offensive load.
The coaches want me to be more of an offensive threat, Schauble said. So Ive been working on my post moves and my drives, and its been working.
Schauble consistently made things happen underneath, getting easy baskets, blocking shots, tipping passes and generally wreaking havoc.
You cant have one person be the focus, Schumacher said. Thats whats nice about this team, we have more than just one player.
Schauble finished with 14 points, while Toure had 15 points and eight rebounds. Ellison added four offensive rebounds and five points.
Its great, Schauble said of the win. Weve been working hard in practice and we want to get back to state. Every game matters.
For the Bombers it was a frustrating night, as they didnt get much going offensively until late in the game. Defensively they played solid, but Corrigan said there is still work to be done.
We came out with a point cap and tried to keep them under 52 points, Corrigan said. We wanted to try and contain them from driving to the basket, and for the most part we did.
Britney Pringles 15 points led Richland, while Hailey Turner added six points and nine rebounds.
RICHLAND Britney Pringle 5 3-3 15, Kennedy Corrigan 1 1-2 4, Hailey Turner 2 2-2 6, Jaclyn Parnell 11-2 3, Sarah McCormick 0 0-0 0, Abby Duckworth 0 0-0 0, Kayla Catone 1 0-0 2, Sara Malone 0 0-0 0, Ally Perry 1 0-0 3, Sarah Hiller 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 7-9 33.
KAMIAKIN Courtney Nelson 3 2-2 8, Holly Ellison 2 1-1 5, Lindsey Schauble 5 4-7 14, Sira Toure 7 0-3 15, Amanda Miller 2 0-0 4, Melanie Oord 2 0-0 4, Kassi Hanson 0 0-0 0, Makayla Guice 0 0-0 0, Kassidy Arnold 0 0-0 0, Kelsea Crandall 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-13 50.
Richland 7 5 6 15 33
Kamiakin 9 13 16 12 50
3-point goals Richland 4 (Pringle 2, Corrigan, Perry), Kamiakin 1 (Toure). Total fouls Richland 16, Kamiakin 11. Fouled out Richland, Parnell. Rebounds Richland 41 (Turner 9), Kamiakin 33 (Toure 8). Turnovers Richland 28, Kamiakin 13.