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SCHS Lady Knights victorious twice

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights were on the road twice, but earned two league victories this past weekend, first at Bickleton (56-34) Friday and next at Klickitat (71-17) Saturday.

Friday, Sunnyside Christian was led by Marissa Broersma, who scored 14 points.

"It was a good ball game," commented Lady Knights Coach Al Smeenk.

He said the Lady Pirates showed marked improvement on the hardwood from the last time the two teams met, Jan. 8. In that game, Bickleton fell by a 67-19 score.

"Bickleton played hard and pressed us the whole time...they deserve credit," said Smeenk of last Friday's game.

His team was short a few players due to illness and injury, but was able to open the game with a 17-8 lead. The Lady Knights held the Lady Pirates to just two points in the second quarter and went into halftime with a score of 28-10.

Keeping up the momentum, Sunnyside Christian scored another 17 points to Bickleton's 15 in the third quarter, and closed the game, outscoring the Lady Pirates 11-9 in the final quarter.

"I was pretty proud of our free throws," said Smeenk, stating his team was 17-for-23 from the line.

"It takes time, it takes patience...we put in a lot of practice and anyone would be proud of that," he said of the free throw performance.

Sunnyside Christian was also able to snatch nine more balls from the glass than the Lady Pirates were.

"They did better on offensive boards," Smeenk shared, stating Broersma and teammate Jolene Van Wingerden were able to grab the ball from the glass nine and eight times, respectively.

Van Wingerden scored nine points and Hilari Bosma had 12 points on the night.

Saturday, Smeenk said, his team knew they would have to meet a challenge after Klickitat had defeated Trout Lake/Glenwood by nine points the night before.

"Klickitat came off a great game and our team played a beautiful ball game," he shared of Saturday's match-up.

"We really wanted to win against one of the better teams in the league," Smeenk continued, saying each of his team members was given an opportunity to play.

From the free throw line, the Lady Knights were able to score on 11 of the 15 shots provided them.

Sunnyside Christian led the opening half 30-7 and didn't let up in the final two quarters.

The Lady Knights held Klickitat to three points in the third quarter and seven in the last quarter. They scored 27 and 14 points, respectively.

"The team stayed in the zone and moved the ball outside to pop the three," said Smeenk, stating the Lady Knights had seven three-point shots.

Hilari Bosma scored three outside shots, Analisa Van Oostrum and Julie Long scored two apiece.

Junior varsity player Janelle DeGroot "...was our workhorse," Smeenk stated, sharing DeGroot grabbed seven balls from the glass.

Leading the scoreboard was Jolene Van Wingerden with 13 points, Julie Long, Bosma and Van Oostrum each scored 11 points.

"All but one of my players got on the scoreboard," Smeenk shared of the team effort.

Sunnyside Christian returns to its home court tomorrow (Tuesday), hosting Yakama Tribal.

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