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Lady Knights on runaway train at Waitsburg High

WAITSBURG - The 2B Waitsburg/Prescott girls basketball team, most years, puts up a pretty decent fight against its opponents. Apparently, the 2012-13 version of the Cardinals is hurting.

Last night, 1B Sunnyside Christian steamrolled the Cardinals, as all the Lady Knights jumped aboard the runaway train in Waitsburg, making off with a 62-14 non-league win.

SCHS Coach Al Smeenk has just an eight-girl roster at his disposal, and in an attempt to keep the score down he substituted his three reserves into the game regularly."Everyone on the team played in all four quarters," he said.

Ending up as Sunnyside Christian's top scorer Thursday evening was Kara den Hoed. A guard, she connected on 7-of-12 shots from the field, which included going 1-for-3 from treyland, enroute to dropping in a game-high 16 points.

Teammate Annie Brouwer, who sank two of the four 3-point buckets the Lady Knights tallied last night, was nipping on den Hoed's heels with a 14-point effort, and junior Stormee Van Belle registered yet another double-double on the season, pumping in 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

"It's a double-double for Stormee every game," said Smeenk. "She plays hard.

"Last night she might have been too aggressive, as she picked up three fouls in the first half. But she made the adjustment and went foul-free the second half."

The Dalrymple girls also turned in a strong performance against the Cardinals, as Rita popped in nine points and Melissa chipped in three. Kaitlin Banks and Brittany Broersma closed out the scoring for the winners with four points apiece.

The best individual effort Waitsburg/Prescott got was from Heidi Miller, who registered a team-high four points.

Having played two games in the last three days, Sunnyside Christian (6-0) won't be getting any rest, as the Lady Knights open league play tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).

Tonight's game is at Klickitat, and Smeenk said he anticipates his club will once again face the Vandals' 2-3 zone defense, one of the club's trademarks. "We don't expect a lot of problems with it," he said.

Saturday, Yakama Tribal will roll into the Sunnyside Christian gym. Normally, the Eagles are never a match for Sunnyside Christian. This year may be different.

"Yakama Tribal has three transfers in from Granger this year, and if they've played for Andy Affholter at Granger, you've got to figure they're pretty good," said Smeenk.

"We figure Tribal will press us, but if all goes well we should be able to handle that.

"For us on defense, with just eight girls available, we'll pick them up at half-court...run a few traps, stuff like that," he said.

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