SCHS girls win big over Yakama Tribal

TOPPENISH - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights blasted past the Yakama Tribal School team Tuesday night, in a game that ended with the Sunnyside team ahead by more than 35 points.

The Lady Knights finished the evening with a 72-34 victory.

Sunnyside Christian High School Coach Al Smeenk said everyone on the local team had a chance to play during the game held in Toppenish.

"We really tried to run the things we've been working on," Smeenk said.

He noted that during the game against the Lady Eagles, the Sunnyside Christian team practiced running fast breaks, and ensuring that everyone on the court was on the same page both offensively and defensively.

"I want them to be more disciplined," Smeenk explained. "I want them to know what they are doing."

Smeenk said it's also important to him that the team do the little things right, which is what the game against Yakama Tribal allowed them to practice.

Despite beating the Toppenish team, the Lady Knights still found themselves with 20 turnovers at the end of the game, which Smeenk said he feels is too many.

However, he did note that the Lady Knights were able to outrebound the Lady Eagles, 50 to 10.

Because of the great rebounding done Tuesday night, Smeenk said he talked to the team and told them that the leading rebounders from last night's game will start Friday against Glenwood. Leading rebounders for the Lady Knights were juniors Amy Mensonides with 12 rebounds, Tyssyna Van Wingerden with 10, and Carly DeGroot with nine rebounds.

"It was an excellent game for Amy," Smeenk said.

Scoring for the Lady Knights Tuesday were senior Hilary Hughes with 20 points, Van Wingerden with 12 points and DeGroot with 11 points. Smeenk said Tori Van Wingerden also played against Yakama Tribal, scoring 8 points in two quarters for the Lady Knights.

"I think we did a lot of things well," Smeenk said of Tuesday night's game.

The Lady Knights (7-1, 10-5) will play again Friday at home against Glenwood.

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


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