RICHLAND - It was nearly over before it started last Friday. Sunnyside Christian rolled out to a 22-3 first quarter lead before settling on a 73-30 non-league victory at Liberty Christian.
For the Lady Knights, the win was their second in as many outings this season. Sunnyside Christian will attempt to make it 3-for-3 this coming Friday at Wellpinit, a Spokane-area school.
In knocking off the Patriots last Friday, Sunnyside Christian's girls basketball team got double-digit scoring from Melanie Van Wingerden, Kelly Newhouse and Hilari Bosma. The trio combined for 47 of their team's 73 points.
Van Wingerden, with a contest-best 21 points, also shared game-high rebounding honors with her younger sister, Joleen. Each sister scraped 10 caroms off the glass to help give Sunnyside Christian a 39 to 15 rebounding advantage.
SCHS Coach Al Smeenk said he was a bit surprised his club handled the 2B Patriots so easily. "They've had some pretty good teams in recent years," he said. "In fact, they've beaten us before."
One of the reasons the Lady Knights stood head and shoulders above Liberty Christian was the shooting touch displayed by the Sunnyside Christian players. The Lady Knights connected on 53 percent of their two-point attempts (27-for-51), and sank 10-of-12 from the free throw line while going 3-for-11 from treyland.
The Patriots, on the other hand, only made eight field goals total. The remaining 14 points came from the charity stripe. The lone Patriot in double figures was Kelsey Harding, who dropped in 10 points. Eight of those points came from the foul line.
Besides the 21 points shoved in by the older Van Wingerden sister, Newhouse canned 14 points and Bosma drilled the net for 12, 10 of those points coming in the opening quarter. Also scoring for Sunnyside Christian were Julie Long and Ashley Haak with seven points apiece, Abby Bangs with five, Erika Den Hoed with three points, and the younger Van Wingerden and Analisa Van Oostrum with two points each. Makaela Duim was held scoreless.