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Lady Knights split weekend contests

Playing a pair of road games this past weekend, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team earned a split in Greater Columbia 'B' League play.

Friday at Klickitat, Sunnyside Christian routed the Vandals, 69-28. The host LaSalle Lightning turned the trick on the Lady Knights Saturday, defeating Sunnyside Christian by a 74-35 margin.

In Friday's match-up against the Vandals, SCHS Coach Al Smeenk said junior Emma Hernandez turned in a "...whale of a game.

"Our guards put a lot of pressure on their guards. It resulted in a lot of turnovers for us," Smeenk said, explaining that Hernandez got many of her game high 20 points on the fastbreak opportunities.

Saturday at LaSalle, the Lady Knights never did get untracked against the league leaders. The Lightning jumped out to a 27-4 first quarter lead, basically ending the game by outscoring Sunnyside Christian 24-9 in the second period.

"I have to agree with what the LaSalle coach said after the game, it was one of the best games LaSalle has ever played," said Smeenk.

"For me, it was probably one of the worst defeats I've ever been associated," Smeenk added.

"We couldn't handle LaSalle's full-court pressure. On defense, we played very poor. Overall, we just didn't play well.

"Now, it's a life lesson. Are we going to roll over or are we going to improve. That's the question, how are we going to respond?" Smeenk pondered.

Saturday's loss snapped Sunnyside Christian's eight-game winning streak, and left the Lady Knights with a 6-2 conference mark. The SCHS squad returns to the court tomorrow (Tuesday) for a non-league match-up against DeSales on the Irish's home court.

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