BURBANK - Despite their top scorer being shut down by the Coyote defense, the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights still managed to beat Columbia-Burbank by a solid 56-21 score in last night's non-league game.
"They knew about Stormee (Van Belle)," said Lady Knights Coach Al Smeenk. "She was double and triple-teamed all night long. As soon as she got the ball there were two or three girls around her. So she dished it off to her teammates and they scored."
Van Belle was held to only 6 points in the game, but compensated with eight assists and pulled down 11 rebounds.
"She didn't score in the first half," said Smeenk.
Taking up the slack was Kara den Hoed, who bucketed 23 points for the Lady Knights. Rita Dalrymple almost managed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
"They are a 1A school and were 11-3 coming into the game," said Smeenk. "We wanted to come out and just play hard against them. The girls had a great attitude."
Smeenk said his 1B team scored 25 points in the first quarter. They were 9-for-13 from the field and 2-for-5 from three-point range. Every Lady Knight contributed to the win with at least one bucket.
"The girls put their goals for the game on a blackboard in the locker room," said Smeenk. "They give 100 percent every game."
Smeenk said it was good to play against a bigger school and said Columbia-Burbanks facilities are beautiful. And it was good to win, as well.
"It was fun," said Smeenk.
The Lady Knights (7-0, 15-0) will visit Trout Lake on Friday, Jan. 25, and then head to Lyle-Wishram on Saturday, Jan. 26.