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Lady Knights claim victory in tourney championship

SHORELINE - The Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights claimed victory over Shoreline Christian this past Friday night, 54-45, during a holiday tournament hosted by the Seattle-area school.

Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk attributed the win to a balanced scoring attack. And, he added, "We out-rebounded them by 20."

Especially Lady Knight Melanie Van Wingerden, who had 14 rebounds for the night, 10 of which were off the offensive glass. "She was an animal on the boards," said Smeenk.

Smeenk said that the 2B Shoreline Christian lady hoopsters placed fifth at State last year.

Prior to the tourney's start last Thursday night, the Lady Knights hadn't played in 11 days. "I was curious about how it was going to turn out," Smeenk said. "We went there and had two very good, competitive games."

Van Wingerden and Emma Newhouse had double digits for the night, Van Wingerden with 15 points and Newhouse with 12 for Sunnyside Christian.

Lady Knights Hillari Bosma and Julie Long scored eight and seven points, respectively. Teammate Erika den Hoed scored four points and Andrea Schut and Rene Dalrymple each scored three points. Jolene Van Wingerden scored two points for Sunnyside Christian.

The Lady Knights (0-0, 4-1) begin league play this Friday night at home against Bickleton's Lady Pirates.

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