BREWSTER Brewster pulled away from Okanogan like a rocket ship heading to orbit in a 56-31 Caribou Trail League girls basketball victory Tuesday.
“They just kicked our ass, period,” Okanogan coach Bryan Boesel said. “Our young kids were not ready to play tonight. (Brewster’s) veteran leadership was the difference.”
The Bears were ranked No. 1 for the much-anticipated fray – fans stood four to five deep at the gym entrance due to the stands being full – and Okanogan was No. 2 in the News Tribune in Tacoma poll posted Jan. 5.
Brewster, which starts four seniors and a sophomore, stayed calm as Okanogan bombed away from the outside early, building an 11-3 first quarter lead.
“Okanogan is a great team to have on the schedule,” Brewster coach Roger Boesel said. “I thought early both teams came out a little tight.”
Brewster kept the defensive pressure up in the second quarter to finish with a 26-15 halftime lead.
Brewster’s Chandler Smith, a senior, guarded Okanogan’s Jill Townsend, a freshman and leading scorer for the ‘Dogs. Townsend finished with 9 points to lead Okanogan.
“We were ready for them. We knew what we had to do,” said Smith, who was not surprised by the packed gym since everyone in town was talking about the matchup.
“Experience always helps,” said Smith, who was patted on the shoulder in recognition by Townsend as she passed.
Smith finished with 18 points (14 in the first half), which matched Monica Landdeck’s 18. All five of Brewster’s starters scored.
Cayden Diefenbach had 8 points for the Bulldogs, including two 3-pointers.
“I told the girls it wasn’t a perfect game, but it felt darn good,” Roger Boesel said.
The coach emphasized that with a slim bench, he only substituted Vanessa Terrones, and the Bears needed to limit fouls.
Brewster (11-0, 6-0) fights for the league lead at Cashmere (11-0, 5-0) and Chelan (6-4 overall, 3-3 league) is at Okanogan (9-1, 3-1) on Tuesday.
“We don’t plan to play any different against Cashmere,” Roger Boesel said.
“Hopefully, we can turn it around,” Bryan Boesel said. “I don’t think we could shoot a lower percentage. We missed a lot of everything.”
Okanogan (31) – Townsend 9, Diefenbach 8, Egbert 1, A. Romero 3, Moses 3, Boesel 5, J. Romero 2.
Brewster (56) – Smith 18, Landdeck 18, Boesel 9, Miller 9, Brammer 2, Terrones 0.
PATEROS – Pateros battled to a 29-27 win over Oroville in a non-league game Tuesday.
“Yes, it was a defensive war,” Pateros coach Sheri Mortimer said. “Both teams played great defense.”
The Nannies extended a 16-12 half time lead to 21-16 after three quarters.
Oroville charged back in the fourth led by Lily Hilderbrand, who scored 9 of her 18 points.
Pateros, up by a point with 40 seconds to go, wound the clock down before Katarina Wilson hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds on the clock.
Hilderbrand responded with a 3-pointer with 4 seconds to go.
The Hornets pressed on the inbounds, but Lorie LeDoux got the ball over the top of the defenders to Ashton Steggall, who was fouled trying a layup.
Steggall made a free throw with no time on the clock for the final score.
“This was a great game for us,” Mortimer said. “I wish we played one like this every night. It just makes us better.”
Pateros (6-1) is at Riverside Christian (1-7) and Entiat (7-0) is at Oroville (4-4) on Tuesday.
Oroville (27) – Garcia 1, Moralez 6, Jewett 2, Peters 0, Grunst 0, Hilderbrand 18, Scott 0.
Pateros (29) – Gelstin 0, Figueroa 0, Easter 2, Dowers 4, Wilson 5, LeDoux 10, Steggall 8, White 0.
OMAK – Omak blew open its game with Tonasket with a 16-0 second quarter Tuesday in Caribou Trail League play.
“We started out a little sluggish after a tough weekend,” Omak coach Rolland Hansen said. “We trailed 5-2 midway through the first quarter.
“Our defense finally got us going and we pulled away with 22 steals to secure the game.”
Omak’s Baelie Meese went 5-for-9 from the field and finished with 13 points.
Cascade (7-3 overall, 1-3 league) is at Omak (6-4, 1-3) and Tonasket (2-8, 0-5) is at Quincy (2-7, 0-4) on Tuesday.
Tonasket (19) – Sackman 1, Bello 0, Terris 0, Dellinger 12, Frazier 2, Celestino 0, Vugteveen 2, Tyus 0, Jackson 0, Cleman 2, Walts 0.
Omak (50) – Harris 0, Pfitzer 0, Cervantes 0, Marchand 5, Covington 5, Priest 8, Meese 13, Ables 6, Keaton 8, Hughes 4, Boyd 1.