Lady Knights unable to keep up with defending 'B' state champions

The Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights found themselves unable to keep up with visiting Ritzville Saturday night.

The Sunnyside team struggled to find the basket throughout the match-up, ultimately finishing the game with a 49-29 loss.

Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk said the Ritzville team, last year's state A champion, was just too good.

"They were undefeated last year and so far this year," Smeenk said.

He said the visiting team is made up of some great athletes and some tall players, which at times made it very difficult for the Lady Knights to score.

"We struggled offensively," Smeenk said. He noted that the Lady Knights took quite a few shots, but couldn't manage to sink a lot of them.

Smeenk said the Sunnyside team (1-0, 4-3) also struggled defensively against the Ritzville team, although he did note that keeping the visiting team to 49 points was an accomplishment. Smeenk said the Ritzville team also finished the game with more turnovers than the Lady Knights.

Smeenk said junior Tyssyna Van Wingerden had a good game Saturday, scoring 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Junior Jordi Roberts scored 7 points for the Lady Knights and had three rebounds, and senior Hilary Hughes had 5 points, three rebounds and three steals.

Smeenk said he is going to keep working with the team to try and figure out how to get things back on target both offensively and defensively.

"We need to try to figure out what is working for us," he said.

The Lady Knights will take to the court again Friday, Jan. 9, at Yakama Tribal School in Toppenish.

. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at


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