SHORELINE - The Sunnyside Christian Knights got a split in the Oakleaf Classic this past week, defeating Clallam Bay 66-20 Thursday and losing to Shoreline Christian on Friday, 57-48 to bring their record to 6-2 on the season.
Against Clallam Bay, Knights junior Tori Van Wingerden and freshman Melanie Van Wingerden each had 13 points to lead the team in scoring.
Both pulled down five rebounds apiece, too.
SCHS Coach Al Smeenk said the lopsided win was due in part to the fact that Clallam Bay had lost a lot of good players from the past season.
"They struggled a little bit," Smeenk said. "They lost several girls to graduation."
Both the Van Wingerden girls played well, Smeenk said, and everybody got to play in the game.
Despite the score, Smeenk said it took a while for his girls to get their game on track.
"It took us a little while to get going," he said.
Knights junior Jacqui Roberts also contributed to the scoring, dropping in nine points. Brittany den Hoed had eight points, and Emily Hernandez dumped in eight points as well.
Hernandez swiped several steals and Courtney Rice contributed by getting two steals.
"I like a game where everybody gets a chance to play," Smeenk said.
The win Thursday set up a match up in the championship game against the Shoreline Christian Crusaders, Smeenk's alma mater.
The Knights came out and played well in the beginning of the game, Smeenk said. Sunnyside Christian took a four point lead into the locker room at halftime.
"I felt pretty comfortable at halftime," Smeenk said.
But the Crusaders were too much for the Knights to handle in the second half.
Shoreline Christian's Colleen Woods hit three three-pointers in the third quarter, in which the Crusaders outscored the Knights 20-8.
"She did a good job," Smeenk said. "That's poor defense on our part."
Shoreline Christian's height also contributed to the Knights' loss.
Smeenk said the Crusaders' taller players and blocked shots in the second half helped lead them to the victory.
Poor defense also contributed to the loss, which is something Smeenk said his team would work on this week in practice.
"I was extremely disappointed in the way we played our defense," Smeenk said.
Hernandez led the Knights in scoring against the Crusaders, dropping in 13.
Though Melanie Van Wingerden didn't score in the game, she grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Smeenk said his team will take a lot away from the loss.
"We've got to learn from this game," he said.
Sunnyside Christian returns to league play this weekend traveling to Bickleton Friday night, before hosting Yakama Tribal on Saturday night.
C. Bay 6 8 1 5 - 20
SCHS 17 21 11 17 - 66
SCHS : T. Van Wingerden 13, M. Van Wingerden 13, Roberts 9, den Hoed 8, Rice 2, Jones 6, Schutt 5, Newhouse 2, Hernandez 8, De Ruyter 0.
Knights 11 17 8 13 - 48
Crusaders 12 12 20 12 - 57
SCHS : Roberts 4, T. Van Wingerden 8, den Hoed 11, Rice 3, Jones 1, Schutt 0, Newhouse 6, Hernandez 15, M. Van Wingerden 0.