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Unbeaten Trout Lake ;no match for SCHS girls

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Sunnyside Christian junior Alyssa Haak disrupts the dribble of Lyle's Karlee Roth in third-quarter action last Friday. Haak scored six points in the Lady Knights' dominating 67-13 victory.

Trout Lake/Glenwood brought a sparkling 10-0 record into last Saturday's match-up against the visiting Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team. That win/loss mark is now tarnished, however.

Sunnyside Christian galloped past the Mustangs easily, 64-31.

Coupled with last Friday's 67-13 blowout of the Lyle Cougars, Sunnyside Christian is now 4-0 in Greater Columbia 1B League play, 9-3 overall.

In knocking off the previously unbeaten Mustangs in the Trout Lake gym on Saturday, the Lady Knights jumped out to an 18-4 first-quarter lead, extending the advantage to 38-9 by the time intermission rolled around.

Trout Lake/Glenwood, behind Melissa Glenn's game-high 13 points and Liz Vogt's nine-point effort, only got outscored by a 26-22 margin in the second half.

The key to beating the Mustangs was shutting down the 6'1" Vogt, one of the top female athletes Trout Lake has produced in several years. Vogt had to settle for a single point in the opening half.

"Our posts defended her well," said SCHS Coach Al Smeenk, singling out both freshman Stormee Van Belle and sophomore Marisa Broersma for containing the highly explosive Vogt.

Offensively against the Mustangs, Sunnyside Christian relied on a balanced scoring effort, as eight of the nine varsity team members got the ball to drop through the hoop. Reaching double digits in the scoring column were Janelle DeGroot and Analisa Van Oostrum with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Also coming through for the winners were Van Belle, Katie Long and Alyssa Haak with eight points apiece, Broersma with seven, Kara den Hoed with six and Makayla Morrow with four points.

Shooting-wise, Sunnyside Christian had mixed results at Trout Lake. From two-point territory, the Lady Knights shot at a better than 50 percent clip, getting 22-of-40 attempts to drop. From behind the 3-point arc, only 4-of-15 found the bottom of the net. Long and Van Oostrum each hit two long range bombs. From the foul line, Sunnyside Christian made only 7-of-18.

"We'll be working our fannies off in practice trying to better those free throw numbers," Smeenk said.

The Lady Knights may also be working this week on taking better care of the ball, as the Mustangs got them to cough up the ball 17 times last Saturday. "They pressed us a little bit, but we also made some bad decisions when we had the ball," said Smeenk.

The night before at home against visiting Lyle, the Lady Knights only committed seven turnovers, compared to the 28 cough-ups the Cougars had. Sunnyside Christian also enjoyed a big advantage on the boards, coming away with 32 rebounds to the 23 caroms collected by the Cougars. Van Oostrum was the team leader for the Lady Knights on the boards, hauling down a game-high nine rebounds. Five of those came off the offensive glass.

Van Oostrum also powered the Lady Knights, scoring-wise, dumping in a game-high 14 points against Lyle. Van Belle reached double digits, as well, with her 11-point performance. Also scoring for Sunnyside Christian were Morrow with nine points, Long with eight, den Hoed with seven, Haak and Broersma with six apiece, DeGroot with four points and Maddy Wavrin with two.

This week, the Lady Knights are scheduled to host the Bickleton Pirates on Friday, then will trek to Klickitat on Saturday.

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