Lady Knights 62-25 winners in State opener

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian girls hoops went on a 20-point run in the opening quarter of yesterday's game against Northwest Yeshiva and never looked back.

The Lady Knights opened State tourney play with a 62-25 win in the first round at the Yakima Sun Dome.

After winning the Greater Columbia 1B League championship game last Friday over Bickleton, the Lady Knights didn't know what to expect from the team from Mercer Island, but got off to a great start when Julie Long nailed a trey.

A missed shot from the inside set Long up for the three-pointer, the first of two in the opening quarter.

Analisa Van Oostrum hit the next two-point baskets and Long followed them with her second shot from outside the three-point arc.

"Her job is to get back and ensure the other team doesn't fast-break," commented Sunnyside Christian girls Coach Al Smeenk.

Sunnyside Christian employed a press until two minutes were left on the clock in the opening quarter, and the 613s were unable to get off but a handful of shots they were unable to successfully drop through the net.

Northwest Yeshiva finally scored when the clock had wound down to 1.6 seconds left. Sophomore Ilana Greenberg sank a shot from the free throw line and the Lady Knights ended the opening quarter up 20-1.

Smeenk opened up the bench in the second quarter and senior Hilari Bosma returned to the hardwood for the second time since she tore an ACL three weeks ago. She was able to score four points yesterday.

The team's leading scorer with an average of more than 10 points per game, Bosma's return, said Smeenk, provides a morale boost for his team.

Bosma is a key player, but the teamwork of the Lady Knights has taken them to State.

Renee Dalrymple of the Lady Knights got into foul trouble, but that didn't stop Sunnyside Christian as the team compensated and continued its run.

At the half, the Lady Knights were on top of Northwest Yashiva 37-11.

Smeenk said everyone on his team played at least eight minutes of the game and the team only committed nine turnovers. "That is awesome," said the coach.

The Lady Knights were 44 percent from the field, trying to use the post whenever possible.

Senior Kelly Newhouse led the Lady Knights with 14 points and seven boards. Analisa Van Oostrum tallied nine points, Marisa Broersma and Alyssa Haak each scored six.

Joleen Van Wingerden led the team with three steals, five balls from the glass and four points.

The 613s leading scorer was Julia Owen with 11 points and five boards.

Tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. the Lady Knights will play Almira/Coulee-Hartline in the Sun Dome.

Smeenk said, "We will have to do everything well...that's what State playoffs is all about. Almira beat the No. 2 ranked team yesterday and we are No. 4...we're gonna have to play our best game."


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