With two consecutive losses weighing heavy on their collective minds, the Kamiakin girls basketball team went to work righting the ship Friday night at Southridge.
The Braves got what they needed, getting an all-around inspired effort from junior guard Lindsey Schauble, who did a little bit of everything during a 61-36 road win.
The 5-foot-11 Schauble showed off some strength, some length, some stealth and some scoring wealth, finishing with five offensive rebounds, three blocked shots, three steals and a game-high 15 points.
We got hammered pretty good last week (by Walla Walla and Chiawana). I was hoping we hadnt lost our confidence, Kamiakin coach Lane Schumacher said. Schauble really set the tone for us tonight.
The Braves started scoring right away, getting two buckets from Sira Toure in the first two minutes. Kamiakin (9-6 overall, 5-4 MCC) continued on an 8-0 run capped by Schaubles first four points to start the game.
Southridge (5-11, 1-9) didnt score its first points until 3:49 of the first period on a long jumper from Jaid Harris. The Suns showed plenty of competitive spark but couldnt develop enough of a rhythm on offense to challenge the Braves.
Their leadership and experience gets them over humps that slow us down, Southridge coach Scott Stiles said of his junior- and sophomore-dominated roster. Were still young. In three weeks, itll be senior night, but we wont be giving out any flowers to anyone.
Kamiakin led 12-7 after one quarter and built that lead to 37-23 at the half.
Weve been ready to play since last week, said Schauble, who had 11 first-half points. We needed (a win) very badly, so we watched a lot of film and practiced very hard.
Asked when she thought the Braves took control of the game, Schauble had a simple answer.
From the tip, she said.
Toure came out firing in the second half, scoring five points during a 7-0 Kamiakin run to make it 43-23 with 5 minutes left in the third quarter.
Southridge struggled to stay composed against Kamiakins pressure defense, and when they did calm down, the Braves attacked the offensive end.
Nothing (Kamiakin) did surprised us. We just couldnt stop them, Stiles said. Shyler Sullivan led the Suns with nine points.
We knew we had to locate her at all times, Schumacher said. Our defense creates our offense.
And when things got tough inside, Schauble was more than happy to take out the garbage.
I love getting rough, she said.
KAMIAKIN Lindsey Schauble 15, M.Wellsandt 4, Ellison 8, Sira Toure 13, Miller 9, T.Wellsandt 4, Oord 2, Crandall 7, Hanson, Arnold.
SOUTHRIDGE Harris 3, Edwards 6, Haberling 5, Shyler Sullivan 9, McKenzie 2, McNeill, Hunting, Saunders 4, Wormington 7.
Kamiakin 12 25 17 7 61
Southridge 7 16 7 6 36
Highlights Rebounds: K 37 (Miller 8), S 36 (Wormington 7); 3-pointers: K 2 (Crandall 2), S 0.