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Lady Knights open league play with routs

Besting their league opponents by a combined score of 128-19, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knight basketball team cruised to a weekend sweep.

Sunnyside Christian got things started with a 59-7 romp over host Klickitat this past Friday. The Lady Knights held Klickitat scoreless in the second and third quarters.

Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk said his squad pressed for about the first minute of play, then played back in the paint the rest of the way.

On offense, the Lady Knights didn't attempt any three pointers after the opening minutes and waited until there was 10 seconds or less on the shot clock before shooting.

All Sunnyside Christian players saw action during all four quarters.

Kara Den Hoed scored 13 points to lead the Lady Knights, followed by Marissa Broersma with 12 points. Alyssa Haak and Stormee Van Belle added eight points each.

Van Belle and Maddie Wavrin helped Sunnyside Christian to a 40-to-9 rebounding advantage with nine boards apiece.

Lara Parsons led the host Vandals with five points, all coming in the first quarter.

It was much the same story Saturday at Toppenish against Yakama Tribal, where Sunnyside Christian rolled to a 69-12 victory after building a 42-4 lead at the half.

Smeenk again took measures not to run up the score, such as pulling back his defenders and waiting until the final seconds on the shot clock before attempting a bucket.

Lady Christian reserves again played early and often, leading to a balanced attack of four scorers in double figures.

Haak and Wavrin each tallied 11 points, followed by Danica DeGroot and Van Belle with 10 points apiece.

Wavrin and Van Belle paced Sunnyside Christian in the paint with eight rebounds apiece.

No Yakama Tribal player scored more than three points.

Sunnyside Christian (2-0, 9-0) travels to Lyle this Friday.

After a non-league schedule that saw the Lady Knights prevail in some close contests, Smeenk was surprised at how handily his team won this past weekend.

Even though Sunnyside Christian let up in the league opening games this past Friday and Saturday, Smeenk said there will be no let up in practice.

"We still demand the girls work hard and give it everything," he said. "We cannot slack off, we have goals offensively and defensively and that's what we're striving for."

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