High School Sports

CBBN girls: Defense lifts Suns girls to win

KENNEWICK -- The Southridge girls showed Friday night in Sunnyside they could win a shootout.

Saturday night on their home court, the Suns showed they can win a defensive struggle as well.

They shut down Wenatchee's high-powered attack, and Jamie Lyons came up with the big baskets and a crucial steal down the stretch to lift Southridge to a 36-34 CBBN Columbia victory.

"We really focused on this game," said Lyons, who led Southridge with 14 points. "We knew this would be a good win for us if we could get it."

The game matched the top two teams in the division, both of which are known for their offensive firepower.

But on this night, the defenses ruled after the first quarter, which saw Southridge jump on top 16-11.

"We knew we weren't going to score 70 tonight," said Suns coach Scott Stiles, referring to his team's total in Friday's win. "So if you're not going to score a lot, you've got to play great defense."

Stiles was especially pleased with how his smaller team shut down Wenatchee's trio of 6-footers in the post, while also limiting three-time all-league guard Dani Hallberg to 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

"We just wanted to mix things up on defense, go man and zone," Lyons said. "It was really a team effort to get on the same page, finding where their shooters were and rotating on their posts."

Still, it looked as if Wenatchee might sneak away with the win after an 8-0 run -- including six points by Michaela George -- gave the visitors a 29-26 lead with 6:10 to play.

But out of a timeout, Lyons drove to the basket for a layin, and after Paige Sorensen stole the ball on a bad lob pass, Lyons buried a 3-pointer from the left wing to put the Suns back on top.

Then with 1:23 left, Lyons took an inbounds pass from Heather Worley and swished a deep 2 from the right wing to give Southridge a 35-32 lead.

"My strong point is my shooting, and I knew I needed to step up and make a few shots," Lyons said.

George's layin cut the lead to 35-34 with 57 seconds left, and after a turnover, the Panthers got the ball back with 27.8 seconds to play.

But Lyons read the passing lane and stole the ball with 15 seconds left. Wenatchee had only four team fouls at that point, and by the time it could put Southridge in the bonus, only 2.2 seconds remained.

La'Quilla Upton hit 1 of 2 free throws to ice the win.

WENATCHEE (34)

Michaela George 14, Douglass, Scheumann 2, D.Hallberg 10, L.Hallberg 6, Rockstad 2, Paine. Totals 15-40 3-8 34.

SOUTHRIDGE (36)

Jamie Lyons 14, Worley 8, J.Wallace 7, Upton 3, Sorensen 2, Stein 2. Totals 16-50 1-4 36.

Wenatchee 11 6 6 11 -- 34

Southridge 16 4 6 10 -- 36

Highlights -- Wen 1x9 3pt, Sou 3x15; Wen 36 rbs, Sou 28; Wen 20 TOs, Sou 14; George 14 rbs; Lexxi Hallberg 9 rbs; Haylee Douglass 4 asts; Heather Worley 9 rbs, 7 asts; Lyons 8 rbs, 3 stls.

Richland 59, Kamiakin 47

KENNEWICK -- Megan Sax scored 13 points, Jalyn Von Oelhoffen added 11 and Richland took control in the third quarter to defeat Kamiakin in a CBBN Cascade game in Kennewick.

"Jalyn was a real spark for us tonight," said Bombers coach Kristen Davis. "She gave us a good lift offensively and defensively, especially in the second half."

Khadidja Toure led the Braves with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

RICHLAND (59)

Megan Sax 13, Croskrey, Machinal 9, Pringle 4, Von Oelhoffen 11, Caldwell 8, Ojeda 3, Mahoney 9, Coughanour 2, Lee. Totals 22-60 11-25 59.

KAMIAKIN (47)

Khadidja Toure 17, Meyer 7, Brannan 4, Nelson 3, Beach 3, Skorpik, Feser 9, Larson 4. Totals 17-48 11-17 47.

Richland 20 6 14 19 -- 59

Kamiakin 10 10 8 19 -- 47

Highlights -- Bria Caldwell 7 rbs; Sax 7 rbs; Brianna Brannan 10 rbs; Toure 10 rbs; Jori Skorpik 6 asts.

Hanford 55, Walla Walla 51 (OT)

RICHLAND -- Hanford's Erin Hegarty hit a corner shot to tie the game at 43 in regulation, and Taylor Young connected on 4 of 4 free throws in overtime to help ice the Falcons' CBBN Cascade victory in Richland.

WALLA WALLA (51)

Baker 4, Jacobson, Weisner 15, Adkins, Jill McDaniels 24, Hamada, Reardon 3, Christensen, Anderson 5. Totals 19-48 9-17 51.

HANFORD (55)

Merry 11, Albertson, Hegarty 5, Dreher, Steele, Morgan Freeman 15, Gagnon 1, Young 7, Miller 3, Hughes 13 Totals 19-59 13-23 55.

Walla Walla 12 8 12 11 8 -- 51

Hanford 12 8 8 15 12 -- 55

Highlights -- Alicia Baker 7rbs; Freeman 9 rbs; Laura Hughes 8 rbs.

Chiawana 67, Eastmont 35

EAST WENATCHEE -- Hayley Hodgins led three Chiawana players in double figures with 21 points in a CBBN Cascade victory.

CHIAWANA (67)

Hayley Hodgins 21, Kelly 2, Sparks 15, Ellsworth 14, Loving 2, Valdez 5, Rivard 8, Reynolds.

EASTMONT (35)

Shae Telford 13, Scott 11, Waterhouse 3, Brixey 2, Hardgrove 3, Degman 1, Gilbert, Fabian, Gilstrap, Keane, Reid.

Chiawana 18 12 16 21 -- 67

Eastmont 3 7 16 9 -- 35

Pasco 51, Davis 30

YAKIMA -- Danielle Walter had a game-high 19 points, seven steals and five assists as Pasco won a CBBN Columbia road game.

PASCO (51)

Oglin 2, Rodriguez 4, Schmaljohn 5, Mothersbaugh 1, Danielle Walter 19, Diaz, Johnson 4, Everson 16, Menchaca. Totals 20-56 8-17 51.

DAVIS (30)

Cobane 7, Castaneda, Smith 4, Alvarez, Castro 4, Weaver 8, Bradley, Ceja 2, Kaluzny 1, Houston 4. Totals 12-53 5-19 30.

Pasco 19 10 13 9 -- 51

Davis 3 8 14 5 -- 30

Highlights -- Walter 5 rbs, 5 asts, 7 stls; Mercedes Johnson 6 asts; Claudia Oglin 9 rbs; Missy Everson 12 rbs.

Kennewick 46, Sunnyside 40

SUNNYSIDE -- Reina Malito scored 15 of her game-high 26 points in the second half as Kennewick rallied for its first CBBN Columbia win of the season.

KENNEWICK (46)

Sanders 1, Valerio, Voigt, Clinton 5, Whistocken 4, Driver 1, Reina Malito 26, Harrod 9, Kump. Totals 14-78 17-27 46.

SUNNYSIDE (40)

Maya 5, Roberts, Galvan, Marro 1, Wright 2, Castillo 2, Perales, Sarasa Partida 16, Herera 14. Totals 13-52 11-34 40.

Kennewick 11 5 13 17 -- 46

Sunnyside 6 13 7 14 -- 40

Highlights -- Angelique Whistocken 11 rbs; Kim Harrod 8 rbs; Sophia Clinton 9 rbs.

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