With their sights set on a No. 2 seed at the upcoming district tournament, the Sherman Huskies made things that much more interesting in the standings with a 48-41 home triumph over the South Wasco County Redsides Wednesday in a Big Sky Conference matchup on senior night at Sherman High School.
“It’s always an intense game with us and the Redsides, and this game wasn't any different, as both teams played their hearts out to the very end,” said Sherman coach Steve Kaseberg.
Although down by 12 points at the half, the Lady Redsides did not panic and got things back in contention with a 12-5 rally to make it 36-31 entering the final period.
The Husky lead dipped a little lower, but the bounces went their way in the final phase of the game to pull off the seven-point win.
It was a little too close for comfort for coach Kaseberg, but with the play from a few of his five seniors, the Huskies pulled out all of the stops to grab their eighth win in the last 10 games.
“SWC made a good run in the third quarter and cut into the lead and we got into serious foul trouble, but the kids kept battling in the fourth and made some clutch shots and some big free throws,” the Sherman coach said. “I am very proud of the group, because they kept their composure and stayed with the system as the game got closer and closer.”
Using the positive vibes set by the pre-game festivities, the Huskies came out energized to the point of grabbing a 13-9 lead after one quarter of play.
In the second frame, Sherman padded its lead using an 18-10 rally to run the count to 31-19 at the break.
With the scoreboard reading 36-31, Sherman in front, the home squad finished out with a 12-10 output for a seven-point decision and the series split.
“Our defense gave us some good opportunities to get into our transition and the kids made some shots and got to the foul line,” said Kaseberg, who had three players hit double figures.
Sherman senior point guard, Andie Harrison, led all scorers with 17 points.
Katie Poirier was good for 14 points, and another inside presence, Janet Guzman, picked up 11.
South Wasco County senior Zoe Morelli had 13 points, Peggy Espeland dropped eight, and the duo of Molly Foreaker and Joy Kelly had seven points each.
With the win, Sherman (12-9 overall, 3-3 league) is now a half game behind SWC in the standings for the No. 2 seed. The Huskies host Central Christian (5-9, 1-4) at 4 p.m. today. At 6 p.m. Friday, they head out to play Horizon Christian (2-18, 0-5).
SWC (9-11, 3-2) pays host to No. 7-ranked Dufur at 6 p.m. Friday, before capping the regular season with a road contest at 4 p.m. Saturday against Horizon Christian.
No. 4 Tribe girls deny Pendleton
There were no slow starts on this night.
No. 4-ranked The Dalles Wahtonka got a triple double from senior Emily Bailey and used the first 16 minutes to establish control for a 57-39 win over Pendleton in a hostile environment Wednesday in Columbia River Conference girl’s hoops play at Pendleton High School.
When looking at the calendar, TDW coach Craig Compton said there is always some uncertainty how the program would fare on the road.
The first eight minutes settled those worries immediately.
“Pendleton is a far tougher place to play. We always seem to struggle here,” Compton said. “Tonight, we played four good quarters and all of the girls really stepped up and played a solid game against a solid team. We have not played well here in the past, but the girls came out focused right from the get-go.”
Using their defense to set the trend, the Eagle Indians limited Pendleton to three first-half field goals, while the offense came out from the first minute and got into the game.
The Tribe led by a 14-6 margin after one frame went in the books, and the onslaught continued in the second quarter, as a 14-7 rally made it 28-13 at the break.
The healthy lead enabled the Tribe to cycle several players on the floor for major contributions.
“Lori Cimmiyotti played very well in the first half,” Compton said of the sophomore, who scored six points, had four rebounds and three steals. “She made a couple baskets there and did an all-around good job.”
Even with the double-digit lead to start the second half, TDW did lose its flow and execution, adding a 29-26 output in the final two periods (both teams scored 19 points in the fourth quarter).
Overall, Pendleton nailed nine field goals, three from a distance and went 18 of 28 from the free throw line.
Kiana Sperl led the Buckaroos with 15 points, all of them coming from the line where she reeled off a 15 of 22 split.
“Our defense did a good job of forcing Pendleton into being one-dimensional,” Compton said. “Our girls helped each other out, we rebounded OK and we played what I would call a well-balanced game.”
Eight different Tribe players made notches in the scorebook, led by Bailey, who scored 14 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, grabbed 12 steals and dished off eight of the team’s 11 assists.
“Emily made some nice decisions with her passing,” Compton said. “She also hit a nice three-ball and a couple of pull up jumpers. She had a great game.”
Olivia Starks added 14 points and six boards, Iliana Telles picked up seven, and Katie Conklin managed to drop six points.
The Eagle Indians had 18 field goals, one 3-pointer and made good on 18 for 26 from the free throw line.
TDW (16-2 overall, 3-1 league) hosts Hood River Valley at 5 p.m. Friday as part of a doubleheader with the boys team.
The Tribe boys lost another close game Wednesday in a 59-53 contest at Kurtz Gym.