BREWSTER – Liberty Bell won a Central Washington 2B League girls’ basketball battle with Brewster, 43-39, on Jan. 18.
“They played pressure defense and didn’t let Brewster have open looks from the outside,” Liberty Bell coach Stephanie Mitchell said. “It was a whole team effort. Our bench has been playing great for us.”
The Bears scored the first two points, but the Mountain Lions hit a trey and were never topped the rest of the game.
But the game never threatened to be a blowout.
Liberty Bell led 22-16 at the half and 31-24 after three quarters.
Brewster, which lost Brooklynne Boesel after she took an elbow to the head, cut the lead to three points, 33-30, with about 6:30 left in the fourth quarter.
The Mountain Lions responded with a pair of buckets by Destiny Ferreira and breakaway hoop by Ali Palm to lead 39-30.
The Bears, after calling a timeout with 2:14 remaining and down 41-34, used free throws (3-4 including a pair on a technical foul) by Sammi Emigh to cut into the lead, 41-37.
In the final minute, Liberty Bell’s Tommie Ochoa made a pair of free throws, followed by a layup by Brewster’s Mikenna Kelpman for what would be the final score.
Jadyn Mitchell led the Mountain Lions with 11 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Scoring was not received from Brewster.
Liberty Bell (43) – Mitchell 11, Surface 6, Palm 6, Ferreira 5, Curtis 2, Ochoa 8, Bakke 5. Rebounds: Mitchell 10, Bakke 8, Ferreira 7, Surface 5. Blocks: Mitchell 5.
Okanogan 46, Tonasket 45
TONASKET – Okanogan held on for a 46-45 non-league victory over Tonasket on Jan. 19.
“The girls fought hard,” Tonasket coach Mike Larson said. “Maisie Ramon (20 points, eight rebounds, three steal, one block) stepped up big for us, hitting some huge shots late in the fourth.
“Kaylee Bobadilla (five points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals) also had a good game, rebounding and at the free throw line.”
The Bulldogs led 29-22 before the Tigers won the third, 15-10, to trail 39-37.
Tonasket won the fourth period, 8-7, but it was not quite enough to catch Okanogan.
Tonasket outrebounded Okanogan, 35-23, with 27 defensive boards.
No information was received from Okanogan.
Tonasket (45) - Ramon 20, K. Richey 6, Cruz 6, Bobadilla 5, Cory 2, Sutton 2, Wilson 2, B. Richey 2, Wahl, Barroca. Rebounds (35) - Ramon 8, Bobadilla 7, Cory 6, K. Richey 5. Assists (12) - Bobadilla 5. Steals (10) - Bobadilla 4, Ramon 3. Blocks (3) - Cruz 2, Ramon 1.
Wellpinit 64, Curlew 55
CURLEW - Wellpinit squeezed out a 64-55 win over Curlew on Jan. 18.
The Redskins led 22-13 after the first quarter before the teams played even the rest of the way.
The Cougars (7-6 overall, 7-4 league), which have lost their last three games, were led by Korin Baker with 24 points, Olivia Kjolseth with 12 points and Hannah McIrvin with 11 points.
Curlew (55) - Baker 24, Beedle, Engen, Kjolseth 12, LaDue 1, Lindgren, McIrvin 11, N. Ringstad, Thomas 6, T. Ringstad 1.
ACH 74, Cusick 13
COULEE CITY - Almira/Coulee-Hartline put a cover on the visitor’s hoop in winning, 74-13, over Cusick on Jan. 19.
The Warriors (13-1, 10-0), which led 45-4 at halftime and are on a four-game win streak, were led by Gabi Isaak with 16 points, Sarah Bradshaw with 14 points and Makenna Oliver with 10 points.
ACH (74) - Bradshaw 14, Correia 5, G. Isaak 16, Kenney 9, M. Isaak 8, Murray 2, Oliver 10, Parrish 6, Rushton 4.
Waterville-Mansfield 51, Pateros 17
PATEROS – Waterville-Mansfield dismantled Pateros, 51-17, on Jan. 19.
“It was not a good game for the Nannies,” said Pateros coach John Slater. “Waterville is a really good team and they played well Saturday. It is a game we will put in the rear view and get ready for Riverside Christian on Friday the 25th.”
Odessa 56, Republic 16
REPUBLIC - Odessa picked up its fourth win of the season with a 56-16 win over Republic on Jan. 19.
Bridgeport 46, Tonasket 45
TONASKET – Bridgeport upset Tonasket, 46-45, in a league game Jan. 18.
“We played a strong first half, got 13 steals off our press, 21 steals total,” said Bridgeport coach Stuart Dezellem said.
The Fillies, behind the Karla Torres’ 13 points, took over sixth place in the Central Washington 2B League at 4-7 (6-9 overall).
“Monica (Trejo) stepped up and played big off the bench,” Dezellem said. “We came out flat from the break, played some insecure defense and let Tonasket back in the game. Esmeralda (Garcia) and Karina (Craig) hit some key free throws in the last minute to help secure the win.”
Tonasket dropped to fourth at 7-4 (8-5 overall).
Kaylee Bobadilla scored 11 points to pace Tonasket.
Bridgeport (46) – M. Trejo 9, M. Santana 2, Garcia 3, A. Trejo 2, Martinez 6, K. Torres 13, B. Torres, Craig 9, E. Santana 1, Palacio 1.
Tonasket (45) – Ramon 7, Wilson 9, Cruz 4, Wahl 5, Bobadilla 11, K. Richey 3, B. Richey 4, Sutton, Cory 2.
Jan. 18 score
Cascade 51, Okanogan 42
Lake Roosevelt 71, Oroville 19
OROVILLE – Lake Roosevelt crushed a young, shorthanded Oroville squad, 71-19, in a league game Jan. 18.
“Tough game for the girls,” Oroville coach Chat Mathews said. “We played Lake Roosevelt with five girls: Two freshmen and three sophomores.”
Rosa Lopez led Oroville with seven points.
“I was proud of them for hanging in there against a tough Lake Roosevelt squad,” said Mathews.
Oroville (19) – Hill 5, Castrejon 3, Rawley 4, Lopez 7, Martin.
ACH 64, Odessa 30
COULEE CITY - Almira/Coulee-Hartline took off in the second quarter for a 64-30 win over Odessa on Jan. 18.
The Warriors led 33-22 at the half before winning the final two quarters, 31-12.
ACH, which won its third straight since its only loss to Davenport on Jan. 8, was led by Gabi Isaak with 23 points and Sarah Bradshaw with 14 points.
ACH (64) - Bradshaw 14, Correia 4, G. Isaak 23, Kenney 2, M. Isaak 4, Murray 7, Oliver 8, Parrish 2, Rushton.
Northport 35, Curlew 33
CURLEW - Northport upset Curlew, 35-33, in a Northeast 1B League northern division game Jan. 18.
The Mustangs, after no points in the first quarter, cut the lead to 13-11 at the half.
Curlew went up 26-23 after three quarters before Northport won the fourth, 12-7.
The loss left Curlew, Inchelium and Selkirk tied at 7-3 for the league lead.
Northport improved to 4-7 in league.
The Cougars were paced by Korin Baker with 16 points and Olivia Kjolseth with 11 points.
Curlew (33) - Baker 16, Beedle, Calhoun, Engen, Kjolseth 11, LaDue 2, Lindgren, McIrvin 2, N. Ringstad 2, Thomas, T. Ringstad.
Inchelium 71, Republic 11
INCHELIUM - Inchelium overpowered Republic, 71-11, in a Northeast 1B League northern division game Jan. 18.
The Cougars, led by Rylee Desautel with 21 points, won the first quarter, 25-0, and never let the Tigers score more than five points in any of the next three quarters.
Also for Inchelium were Chenoa Erickson with 11 points and Cloy Simpson with 10 points.
“We have had a tough season, another year of rebuilding,” Republic coach Sheila Shockey said. “We have a strong group of eighth- and ninth-graders leading our team with a small handful of older girls this year. We will only be losing one senior this year.
“We have had some tough injuries, sickness leaving us short on the bench. Looking forward to the next few years. I feel we will be a pretty tough contender.”
Republic (11) - Foreman 3, Phillips 4, Titus, Tonasket 2, VanSlyke, Glenn 2, Pakootas.
Inchelium (71) - Erickson 11, Simpson 10, Sanfo 6, Kohler 9, Zacherle 8, Heath 6, Desautel 21, Stensgar, Seymour.
Pateros 41, MLCA 24
MOSES LAKE – The Pateros High School girls’ basketball team improved to 6-2 in league with a 41-24 victory over Moses Lake Christian Academy on Jan. 17.
“Last night was a big win for us at MLCA,” Pateros coach John Slater said. “Offensively, we started off slow, only scored nine points in the first quarter. We took a halftime lead of 20 to 8. We scored enough in the second half to secure the win.
“The girls played an outstanding defensive game, holding MLCA to just eight points in the first half and kept it up the entire second half.”
Aleeka Miller-Smith led the Fillies with 22 points and five rebounds.
Pateros controlled the boards led by Jillian Piechalski with 14 rebounds and Samantha White with 10 rebounds.
Pateros (41) – Miller-Smith 22, Flores 6, Williams 5, Ceniceros 4, Piechalski 4, White, Baird. Rebounds: Piechalski 14, White 10, Williams 6, Miller-Smith 5, Ceniceros 5, Flores 3, Baird 1.
Bridgeport 63, Manson 60 OT
BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport used some long-range shots to shoot down Manson, 63-60, in overtime on Jan. 15.
Bridgeport’s Karina Craig (team-high 23 points) hit a couple big three-point shots late in overtime to secure the victory, Bridgeport coach Stuart Dezellem said.
“Fillies played the best overall game of the season,” Dezellem said. “Balanced scoring, press execution, boards. Really proud of these young ladies pulling this win out of overtime.”
Karla Torres added 18 points for the Fillies.
Manson’s scoring came mainly from senior Megan Clausen with 41 points to go with 14 rebounds.
“It was the highest scoring game of her career,” said coach Pam Banks. “Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome the hot shooting from Bridgeport.”
“Got to give a shout out to Megan Clausen’s big game for her tonight,” Dezellem said. “She gave us trouble the entire game, just could not minimize her touches.”
The Mustangs hit 11 three-pointers.
Bridgeport (63) – M. Trejo 2, M. Santana, E. Garcia 8, A. Trejo 2, Martinez 6, K. Torres 18, B. Torres, Craig 23, E. Santana 2, Palacio 2.
Omak 45 Chelan 33
OMAK – A much-improved Omak girls’ basketball team toppled Chelan, 45-33, on Jan. 15 to take a firm hold on second-place in the Caribou Trail League.
The victory elevated the Pioneers to 5-3 in the CTL behind Cashmere at 8-0.
Chelan dropped to 3-4, followed closely by Okanogan at 3-5.
The first of three meetings found Chelan coming out on top, 54-19, on Dec. 18.
“Last time we played Chelan, the outcome was not what we hoped,” said Omak coach Mike Ables of the first game. “We had a few girls missing and it was right before break, which is always a hard time to play a game. This time around the girls knew they had to play better.”
Omak, which is on a four-game win streak, was paced by Payton Abrahamson at 14 points, four steals and two assists.
Taya Mendoza added 15 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block.
“Our girls are playing great team basketball and it's really helping us win some close games,” Ables said. “Our upper classmen had huge nights, and everyone off our bench either scored or had some kind of big impact on the game.”
Younger players and the bench came to the rescue when the starters got into foul trouble.
“We played great defense and when we struggled in the beginning to get our offense going, we didn't give up,” Ables said. “We played to our strengths and kept at it. We had a different mind-set going into this game. I think that is part of what I think pushed us so hard. We knew we needed this win to be back where we were last year, playing for the district championship.
“It was great to see the girls push through adversity and come out on top.”
Omak plays the rubber match between the teams at Chelan on Feb. 1.
Omak (45) – Abrahamson 14, Arciniega 2, Delgado, Fjellman 3, George 1, Mendoza 15, Nichols 6, Vejraska 4. Rebounds - Mendoza 8, Nichols 5, Fjellman 5, Arciniega 4, George 3, Delgado 3. Assists - Abrahamson 2. Steals - Abrahamson 4, Arciniega 2, Fjellman 2, Mendoza 2, Vejraska 2, Delgado 1, Nichols 1. Blocks - Fjellman 1, George 1, Mendoza 1, Vejraska 1.
Liberty Bell 58, Tonasket 26
WINTHROP – Jadyn Mitchell and Sammie Curtis helped lead Liberty Bell to a 58-26 league victory over Tonasket on Jan. 15.
“It wasn’t our best shooting night,” Tonasket coach Mike Larson said.
Mitchell finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Mountain Lions, which improved to 10-3 overall, 8-2 in league.
Curtis added 13 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
For Tonasket, Brielle Wahl and Brooke Richey each finished with eight points.
Tonasket (26) - Wahl 8, B. Richey 8, Cruz 3, Ramon 3, Sutton 2, K. Richey 1, Barroca 1, Cory, Wilson, Bobadilla. Rebounds (37) - Cruz 8, B. Richey 5, Sutton 5. K. Richey 4. Assists (3) - Sutton 2. Steals (6) - Cruz 3. Blocks (5) - Wahl 2, Ramon 1, Barroca 1, Cory 1.
Liberty Bell (58) – Mitchell 20, Curtis 13, Bakke 5, Palm 6, Surface 9, Dammann, Ochoa. Rebounds: Mitchell 12, Bakke 10, Curtis 9. Assists - Dammann 3, Ochoa 3. Steals - Ochoa 5, Curtis 3, Bakke 3, Palm 3, Surface 3.
Pateros 66, Easton 14
EASTON – Pateros toppled Easton, 66-14, in a league game Jan. 15.
“I did not make the trip to Easton due to illness, but we started off slow in the scoring department before opening it up in the second quarter,” Pateros coach John Slater said.
Brewster 52, Oroville 21
OROVILLE – Oroville’s Emily Rawley scored 15 points, but it was not enough as Brewster prevailed 52-21 over the Hornets in a league game Jan. 15.
“Emily Rawley led all scorers for us,” Oroville coach Chad Mathews said. “She had her best game of the season. The girls played a good first half. We were down 10 at half but a bad third quarter that hurt us.
“Shooting and turnovers, we’re struggling on both. We need to get better at them.”
Inchelium 58, Mary Walker 26
INCHELIUM - Inchelium ran away from Mary Walker, 58-26, in a non-league game Jan. 15.
Ryle Desautel hit for 18 points and Chenoa Erickson for 14 points for the Hornets.
Inchelium (58) - Erickson 14, Simpson 8, Sanfo 8, Kohler 3, Zacherle 5, Heath 2, Desautel 18.
Valley Christian 53, Curlew 44
SPOKANE - Valley Christian won the second half en route to a 53-44 non-league win over Curlew on Jan. 15.
The Panthers (11-3) led 24-23 at the half before winning the second half 29-21 over the Cougars (7-4).
For Curlew, Hannah McIrvin had 16 points and Korin Baker scored 15 points.
Curlew (44) - Baker 15, Beedle, Kjolseth, LaDue 4, McIrvin 16, N. Ringstad, Thomas, T. Ringstad 9.
Soap Lake at Lake Roosevelt, postponed
COULEE DAM – A broken water main postponed the Soap Lake-Lake Roosevelt game, set for Jan. 15, to Jan. 24.
Pateros 1, Cascade Christian 0, forfeit
WENATCHEE – Pateros received a 1-0 forfeit from Cascade Christian Academy on Jan. 14.
“Cascade didn’t have enough girls to play,” said Pateros athletic director Marcus Stennes.