Only a few years ago, Tanner Holle watched his older brother, Tyler, ignite the crowds at Kamiakin High School as one of the team’s top scorers.
But Tanner certainly made a name for himself during the Braves’ 64-48 Mid-Columbia Conference road win over Southridge on Friday night.
The Kamiakin student section, perched in the west grandstand in the Suns’ home gym, chanted ‘Olé, olé, olé, olé’ each time the senior guard hit a bucket.
“That gets me going,” Holle admitted.
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He hit 5-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, for a career-high 15 points. Even before the game, Holle had a feeling this might be a big night.
“I felt pretty good during shootarounds,” he said. “I usually have a feeling if it’s going to be a good game, and I felt really good.”
Kamiakin(7-8 overall, 5-4 MCC) led 12-10 at the end of a tight first quarter but pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring Southridge 19-9 over the next eight minutes to take a 31-19 halftime advantage.
Kylle Robertson, the Braves’ leading scorer at 16.3 points a game, finished with 19 points, but the senior guard got off to a slow start with three points in the first. He enjoyed watching Holle ignite the crowd and the team with eight second quarter points.
“When he gets going, he’s hard to stop. That gave us a lot of energy,” Robertson said. “But it wasn’t just Tanner Holle. It was guys like Tre Joseph and John Petsch. (Hayden) Nelson stepped it up tonight.”
Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely was pleased with the win, especially after reflecting on a home loss to the Suns (6-10, 4-6) less than a month ago.
“I just wanted to play with a plan and come out hard, and I thought we did that,” Meneely said. “We weren’t very pleased with our performance at home, but (Friday) I felt like we showed up with a mature mentality, and I don’t know if we’ve had that all year.
“Holle really gave us a huge lift. He’s playing with great confidence,” Meneely continued. “The real question is can we continue to apply that mature mentality?”
Kamiakin shot well and was consistent, hitting 45 percent in each half — finishing 20-for-44 — while holding Southridge to just 32 percent (14-for-44) shooting.
“(Kamiakin) did a good job defensively. We had some open looks. I don’t know what our shooting numbers were, but I know they were low,” Suns coach D.J. Traver said. “We talked about trusting what we were doing. We passed up open shots and turned the ball over.”
KAMIAKIN — Kylle Robertson 19, Tre Joseph 14, Tanner Holle 15, John Petsch 12, Fowler, Wagar, Nelson 3, Bayles 1, Gurney. Totals 20-44 19-23 64.
SOUTHRIDGE — Daniel Getchell 16, Pitt, Molt 9, Gabe Vorheis 14, Schafer, Thomas 4, Nielson 1, Howard, Crider 0, Tutt 4. Totals 14-44 15-21 48.
Kamiakin 12 19 16 17 — 64
Southridge 10 9 9 20 — 48
Highlights — 3-pointers: K 5-14 (Holle 3, Robertson 2), S 5-19 (Vorheis 3, Molt, Getchell); Rebounds: K 37 (Petsch 6), S 22 (Getchell 3, Pitt 3); Turnovers: K 12, S 9; Getchell 3 steals.