OKANOGAN — The best lead is the last lead, which Okanogan found out in a 55-53 non-league girls’ basketball win over Brewster on Jan. 6.

The loss was the Bears’ first this season.

“They hammer on you,” Brewster coach Roger Boesel said. “We did not get the calls and we were not strong enough to play through it.”

“It’s a great win for our kids,” Okanogan coach Bryan Boesel said. “Being down 13 and coming back fighting. We are finding ways to get kids minutes and they are working hard.”

Brewster led 24-17 at the half and jumped to a 10-point lead immediately at the start of the third quarter on a three-pointer by Maret Miller.

The lead stayed in double digits until a 6-0 run by Okanogan late in the third, cutting the margin to six, 34-28.

In the final minute of the third quarters, the Bears used their own 6-0 run to push the lead back out to 12, 40-28.

The teams exchanged baskets to start the fourth before Brewster’s Yvette Sanchez scored for a 48-35 lead with less than half a quarter to go.

Okanogan started chipping away at the lead. Jada Rasmussen scored, Kendra Sachse made two free throws after the Bears’ Marlisa Garcia picked up her fourth foul, Hanna Smith hit a three-pointer and Jada Rasmussen scored to put the lead at 48-44 with about three minutes remaining.

Okanogan went to a press to slow the Bears, which worked for turnovers.

Sachse hit a free throw to get the lead to three before Marta Martinez pushed the lead to 50-45.

Sachse hit trey at the 1:42 to get the difference to 50-48.

Miller appeared to seal the win with a pair of free throws at 1:43 and a 52-48 Brewster lead.

Smith hit a long 3-pointer and the lead was cut quickly to 52-51 inside a minute.

Rasmussen hit a short layup for Okanogan’s first lead of the game, 53-52.

Garcia tied the game with a free throw with 18.2 left.

Rasmussen was fouled with 15.9 seconds on the clock. She hit both shots for what would be the final score.

Miller attempted to drive the right baseline and got off a shot, but it rattled out to end the game.

“Winning a close game, it gives us momentum going into Tuesday’s game with Omak,” Bryan Boesel said.

Cashmere 77, Omak 20

CASHMERE – Cashmere showed why it’s one of the top 1A girls’ teams in the state, clobbering Omak, 77-20, on Jan. 6.

No other information was received.

Manson 29, Oroville 23

OROVILLE – Manson held on for a 29-23 league victory over Oroville on Friday, Jan. 5.

“Manson raced out to a 20-7 lead, but watched it slip away as (Oroville’s) Havannah Worrell got hot in the second half,” Manson coach Eric Sivertson said.

Worrell finished with 15 of the Hornets’ 23 points.

“Down the stretch, Megan Clausen was clutch at the free throw line, sinking four straight to seal the deal,” Sivertson said.

Megan Clausen lead the Trojans with 10 points.

“Girls played the best defense of the year,” Oroville coach Chad Mathews said. “They really got after it against Manson’s bigs. Shooting is our enemy right now. It's pretty frustrating at times, but the girls just keep trying and playing hard we will get better.”

Oroville (23) – Worrell 15, Martin 1, Rawley 3, Egerton 4.

Tonasket 49, Soap Lake 37

SOAP LAKE – Tonasket hit 10-of-14 free throws in the pivotal fourth quarter to beat Soap Lake, 49-37, in a league game Jan. 6.

“The Soap Lake game was a scrappy game,” Tonasket coach Mike Larson said. “We were able to calm the game down in the fourth and run our stuff to take a lead we would never look back from.

“The girls played hard in both games last week.”

Madilynn Larson led the Tigers with 18 points, which included 13-17 on free throws (9-12 in the fourth).

The Tigers led 24-16 at halftime before Soap Lake surged to 33-31 after three quarters.

The Tigers were 10-14 on free throws in the fourth.

Tonasket (49) - Cruz 0, Ramon 5, Clark 4, Bobadilla 8, Wilson 11, Richey 3, Larson 18, Cory 0.

Liberty Bell 66, Bridgeport 22

WINTHROP – Liberty Bell, playing shorthanded, flew past Bridgeport, 66-22, on Jan. 6.

Lauren Ochoa finished with 21 points and Katie Labanauskas had 18 points for the Mountain Lions.

“We played with just seven players because of injuries,” said Liberty Bell coach Ed Smith, whose team led 40-10 at the half.

Liberty Bell (66) – L. Ochoa 21, Labanauskas 18, Treise 7, Surface 7, Ferreira 6, Palm 5, Paul 2.

Lake Roosevelt 35, Waterville-Mansfield 26

WATERVILLE – Kelsie Olbricht finished with a double-double – 12 points and 15 rebounds – in leading Lake Roosevelt to a 35-26 win over Waterville-Mansfield on Jan. 6.

“Good, competitive game throughout,” Lake Roosevelt coach Peewee Pleasants said. “We were able to make some defensive adjustments at the half to hold Waterville to six points in the third and two in the fourth.”

Lake Roosevelt (35) – Reyes 2, Pakootas 3, Wapato 0, Edmo 0, Clark 6, St. Pierre 9, Olbricht 12, Priest 3, Ludwig 0.

Republic 55, Columbia 29

HUNTERS – Republic played lights-out defense in a 55-29 win over Columbia on Jan. 6.

The Tigers (1-7), led by the 13 points of Kailee Rittel, limited the Lions (0-7) to single-digit scoring in three of four quarters.

Carlie Rittel and Lindsey Leonard each chipped in 11 points for Republic, which led 35-23 after three quarters before winning the fourth period, 20-6.

Republic (55) - C. Rittel 11, Leonard 11, K. Rittel 13, Foreman 2, Nush 9, Merritt 4, VanSlyke 2, Hutton 3.

Curlew 43, Wellpinit 42

CURLEW – Curlew found a way around Wellpinit, 43-42, on Jan. 6.

The Cougars (8-3) led 23-20 at the half over the Redskins (3-3), which took a 32-31 lead after three quarters.

Korin Baker scored 12 points to lead Curlew, which also got 10 points from MeganJoe Beedle.

Christina Flett finished with 15 points for Wellpinit.

Curlew (43) - A. Beedle 0, Baker 12, Calhoun 0, Kjolseth 6, LaDue 3, M. Beedle 10, McIrvin 5, N. Ringstad 0, Thomas 0, T. Ringstad 7,

Selkirk 42, ACH 41

SELKIRK – Home cooking ruled Saturday, with Selkirk handing Almira/Coulee-Hartline its first loss of the season, 42-41, on Jan. 6.

Bri Dawson (9 points) knocked down a 3-pointer with two seconds to go for the Rangers (7-0).

Jenna Couch finished with a game-high 15 points for Selkirk, which won the fourth quarter 14-10.

Gabi Isaak led the Warriors with 14 points.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline (41) - Boutain 3, Bradshaw 8, Pierce 5, Parrish 0, Rushton 3, Correa 0, Isaak 14, Murray 0, Oliver 6, O'Neil 2, Cook.

Chelan 36, Okanogan 32

CHELAN – Chelan jumped over Okanogan in the Caribou Trail League standings with a 36-32 win Jan. 5.

The Goats moved into third at 3-3, a half-game in front of the Bulldogs at 2-3.

Cashmere leads at 5-0, followed by Omak at 4-2.

Omak 67, Cascade 30

OMAK – Omak flexed its muscles against Cascade, winning 67-30, on Jan. 5.

“We played a complete game,” Omak coach Mike Ables said. “It’s the first game this year that everybody scored. Girls are finally driving to the basket.”

The aggressive offense drew 32 foul shots, of which Omak made 19 (59.4 percent).

Ables said Omak played well on defense, limiting the Kodiaks to six points in the first and third quarters, and seven points in the fourth quarter.

“We played pretty good defense in those quarters,” Ables said.

Omak (67) – Arciniega 2, P. Abrahamson 7, Romero 6, Marchand 13, Mendoza 17, R. Abrahamson 6, Utt 6, Nichols 3, Vejraska 7.

Odessa 50, Republic 17

REPUBLIC – Odessa shut down Republic, 50-17, on Jan. 5.

Kayla Tonasket scored six points to lead the Tigers.

McKennah Davison hit for 15 points for Odessa.

Republic (17) – C. Rittel 3, Tonasket 6, Leonard 0, K. Rittel 4, Foreman 2, Nush 0, Phillips 2, Merritt 0, VanSlyke 0, Hutton 0.

Odessa (50) – Elder 2, Schuh 2, A. Smith 0, N. Smith 0, Wagner 9, Boss 4, Carstensen 6, Scrupps 2, Ma. Davison 4, Mc. Davison 15, Crossley 6.

Curlew 64, Cusick 57

CUSICK – Curlew charged from behind to claim a 64-57 win over Cusick on Jan. 5.

The Cougars, led by the 20 points of Korin Baker, trailed 44-41 after three quarters to win the final period, 23-13.

Gracie StrangeOwl finished with 19 points for Cusick (3-7).

Curlew (64) - A. Beedle 0, Baker 20, Kjolseth 9, LaDue 5, M. Beedle 8, McIrvin 15, N. Ringstad 0, T. Ringstad 7.

ACH 62, Inchelium 41

COULEE CITY – Gabi Isaak scored 23 points to help lead Almira/Coulee-Hartline to a 62-41 win over Inchelium on Jan. 5.

Tiffany Boutain added 11 points for the Warriors, who led 38-17 at the half.

Meika Heath scored 18 points for Inchelium (7-4).

Inchelium (41) - Desautel 5, Finley 4, Heath 18, Kohler 0, Lelone 2, Simpson 2, Zacherle 9, unknown player 1.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline (62) - Boutain 11, Bradshaw 6, Cook 0, Correia 0, Isaak 23, Murray 2, Oliver 6, O'Neil 1, Parrish 0, Pierce 8, Rushton 5.

Game postponed

PATEROS – At the request of Wilson Creek, due to weather conditions, the Jan. 5 game at Pateros is to be rescheduled.

Tonasket 50, Liberty Bell 37

TONASKET – Maisie Ramon scored 18 points, Madilynn Larson 14 points and Madyson Clark 12 points to lead Tonasket to a 50-37 league win over Liberty Bell on Jan. 4.

The Tigers held a slim 22-18 lead at the half before taking the third quarter, 19-7.

“We had a slow start to the Liberty Bell game,” Tonasket coach Mike Larson said. “It wasn't until the second half we started hitting our shots. Our defense was solid the whole game. The team rebounded the very well. Clark, Ramon, and Larson had double doubles in rebounding and scoring.”

Lauren Ochoa led Liberty Bell with 10 points.

“We played without our starting point guard and lost a second player to a sprained ankle,” Liberty Bell coach Ed Smith said. “However, Tonasket played very well.”

Liberty Bell (37) - T. Ochoa 0, Labanauskas 4, Ferreira 3, Treise 6, Paul 3, Surface 2, Palm 8, L. Ochoa 10, Curtis 1.

Lauren Ochoa led Liberty Bell with 10 points including five in the third quarter.

Liberty Bell (37) - T. Ochoa 0, Labanauskas 4, Ferreira 3, Treise 6, Paul 3, Surface 2, Palm 8, L. Ochoa 10, Curtis 1.

Tonasket (50) - Cruz 0, Ramon 18, Clark 12, Bobadilla 2, Wilson 0, Richey 0, Larson 14, Cory 4, Whitmore.

Waterville-Mansfield 55, Oroville 18

WATERVILLE – Waterville-Mansfield beat up on Oroville, 55-18, in a league game Jan. 4.

“The girls kept playing, no quit in them,” Oroville coach Chad Mathews said. “We need to keep shooting and getting better there. Working hard, but it will just take time. I understand that, and they do, too. They are a great bunch. They stick together. That’s really nice to see.”

Oroville (18) – Martin 2, Worrell 5, Hugus 2, Rawley 2, K. Egerton 2, Castrejon 3, Mathews 2.

Pateros 57, Easton 24

EASTON – Anna Williams finished with a double-double – 16 points and 14 rebounds – for Pateros in a 57-24 win over Easton on Jan. 4.

Also for the Nannies were Jillian Piechalski with 11 points and Aleeka Smith producing nine points and 11 assists.

Brewster 62, Bridgeport 25

BRIDGEPORT – The Brewster girls ran past Bridgeport, 62-25, in a league game Jan. 4.

No other information was received.

ACH 48, Wellpinit 45

WELLPINIT – Almira/Coulee-Hartline pulled out a tough road game, 48-45, over Wellpinit on Jan. 3.

The Warriors trailed 35-26 into the fourth quarter, which they won 22-10.

Tiffany Boutain led ACH with 23 points. Gabi Isaak added 10 points.

Christina Flett scored 15 points for Wellpinit.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline (48) - Boutain 23, Bradshaw 5, Correia 3, Isaak 10, Murray 0, Oliver 3, O'Neil 4, Pierce 0, Rushton 0.

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