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CBBN Girls: Riverhawks overpower Bombers

Chiawana girls coach Steve Davis enjoys a luxury this season he rarely had during his previous eight years at Pasco.

"I've never said in my whole coaching career that our bigs are our strength," Davis said.

But this season, the Riverhawks are blessed with three posts who right now are firing on all cyclinders.

Junior Mikaela Rivard and sophomore Sadie Sparks each had double-doubles, and No. 9 Chiawana rolled to a 53-36 CBBN Cascade victory Tuesday night over Richland at Art Dawald Gym.

Rivard had a game-high 16 points and 12 rebounds, Sparks added 13 points and 13 boards, and junior Shelby Ellsworth chipped in seven points as Chiawana enjoyed a 34-4 edge over Richland's top three inside players.

"We have a good combination working down low right now," Davis said. "That's our strength, and that's what we're going to."

The Riverhawks (11-1, 7-0) also enjoyed a 40-19 advantage on the boards, although they didn't miss much during an 11-minute blitz to start the game that buried the Bombers (9-4, 5-2).

Chiawana made 13 of its first 20 shots, including its first five to open the second quarter, and led 30-8 after a 3-pointer by Melanie Valdez with 5 minutes left in the period.

"Our last game, we didn't come out so well against Walla Walla," Sparks said, referring to a 13-4 first-quarter deficit against the Blue Devils in an eventual 43-38 win.

"We wanted to show them they couldn't play with us tonight. We came out with more fire and intensity."

The Bombers showed some life in the second half, doubling their point total in the final quarter to give first-year coach Kristen Davis -- Steve's wife -- hope going into the second half of divisional play starting Friday against Hanford.

"We ended on a positive. I just wish it hadn't started so rough," Davis said. "They played a real physical, saggy man-to-man defense, and I don't think we were prepared for that.

"We didn't come into this game very confident, but I think they gained some confidence in the second half. Hopefully, we can carry that into Friday."

Valdez had nine assists for Chiawana, which finished with 20 assists on its 24 field goals.

"We moved the ball well," Sparks said. "We came together and played together as a team."

Mandy Machinal and Jalyn Von Oelhoffen had eight points apiece to lead Richland.

CHIAWANA (53)

Mikaela Rivard 16, Sparks 13, Ellsworth 7, Valdez 5, Hodgins 6, Reynolds 6, Kelly, Gonzales. Totals 24-58 3-10 53.

RICHLAND (36)

Mandy Machinal 8, Caldwell, Sax 4, Ojeda 5, Mahoney 3, Croskrey 3, Pringle 5, Jalyn Von Oelhoffen 8, Coughanour, Lee. Totals 10-38 11-19 36.

Chiawana 17 13 11 12 -- 53

Richland 6 5 7 18 -- 36

Highlights -- Chi 2x9 3pt, Ric 5x23; Chi 40 rbs, Ric 19; Chi 18 TOs, Ric 20; Rivard 12 rbs; Sadie Sparks 13 rbs, 3 stls; Hayley Hodgins 7 rbs, 4 blks, 3 asts; Melanie Valdez 9 asts; Katie Mahoney 3 asts; Machinal 4 stls, 4 rbs.

Eisenhower 53, Hanford 31

Sydnee Franck scored a game-high 21 points and Eisenhower took advantage of the absence of Hanford's Laura Hughes in posting a CBBN Cascade win in Richland.

Hughes, an EWU-bound post, suffered a concussion in Satur-day's win over Eastmont and was not cleared to play. Falcons coach Evan Woodward said her status for Friday's game at Richland is unknown.

Morgan Freeman led Hanford with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

EISENHOWER (53)

Gaut 9, Abrams 4, Sydnee Franck 21, Kinney 2, Van Alstine 5, McKenna, Avila, Campbell 4, Bush 8. Totals 20-47 9-15 53.

HANFORD (31)

Merry 8, Albertson, Hegarty 2, Dreher, Steele 1, Morgan Freeman 11, Gagnon 3, Young, Miller 6. Totals 10-57 9-21 31.

Eisenhower 10 12 14 17 -- 53

Hanford 10 4 7 10 -- 31

Highlights -- Freeman 11 rbs.

Southridge 54, Kennewick 42

Heather Worley had a game-high 22 points for Southridge, which shook off Kennewick's late rally to earn a CBBN Columbia home win.

"Kennewick played hard in the second half," Suns coach Scott Stiles said. "We didn't shake them until the last minute and a half."

Reina Malito led the Lions with 13 points.

KENNEWICK (42)

Sanders 3, Valerio 7, Voigt 6, Clinton 4, Whistocken 8, Kump, Driver, Reina Malito 13, Madrigal, Harrod 1.

SOUTHRIDGE (54)

Heather Worley 22, Lyons 20, J.Wallace 11, Sanders 1, Hahn, Sorensen, E.Wallace, Stein.

Kennewick 4 13 16 9 -- 42

Southridge 14 18 8 14 -- 54

Highlights -- Worley 13 rbs; Jamie Lyons 8 rbs; Emma Sanders 8 stls; Jenna Wallace 6 stls.

Eastmont 61, Kamiakin 56

EAST WENATCHEE -- Khadidja Toure and Kassy Larson scored 14 points apiece, but Kamiakin's rally from a 10-point, second-half deficit fell short in CBBN Cascade play.

The Braves got as close as one with 5 minutes left. "We just could not finish it off," said coach Tammy Hutchison. "We can't seem to be consistent for four quarters."

KAMIAKIN (56)

Khadidja Toure 14, Kassy Larson 14, Meyer 7, Brannan 11, Beach, Skorpik 7, Feser 3. Totals 21-51 13-18 56.

EASTMONT (61)

Kendra Scott 17, Hardgrove 12, Gilbert 5, Telford 2, Fabian 10, Degman 9, Gilstrap 6, Reid, Azundia. Totals 24-38 9-17 61.

Kamiakin 19 11 6 20 -- 56

Eastmont 15 19 12 15 -- 61

Highlights -- Toure 9 rbs, 4 stls; Madi Meyer 6 asts; Larson 7 rbs; Brandy Gilstrap 5 rbs.

Moses Lake 63, Davis 53

MOSES LAKE (63)

Kayla Bernsen 17, Guzman 2, Sutherland, Loera 15, Padilla 4, Martinez, Morris 14, Diaz 4, Munoz 2, Ballard 5.

DAVIS (53)

Raini Weaver 16, Serrano 2, Cobane 10, Castanada 2, Smith, Alvarez, Castro, Bradley 2, Ceja 6, Kaluzny 6, Houston 9.

Moses Lake 16 14 12 21 -- 63

Davis 10 10 12 21 -- 53

Highlights -- Bradley 4 stls.

Wenatchee 56, Sunnyside 28

SUNNYSIDE (28)

Maya, Robert, Galvan 2, Marro, Spini 1, Wright 2, Reyes 3, Castillo 4, Zenaida Perales 8, Partida 3, Herrera 5.

WENATCHEE (56)

Doublass, Rockstad 2, Scheumann 6, Stone, Sharp, Michaela George 19, D.Hallberg 15, Paine 4, L.Hallberg 10, Holzerland.

Sunnyside 8 7 6 7 -- 28

Wenatchee 20 9 15 12 -- 56

*Rene Ferran: 582-1526; rferran@tricityherald.com. Read his prep sports blog at sportstricities.com

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