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Stormee rains down on 1A Burbank girls

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For the first time in her career, Stormee Van Belle notched a triple-double. It came last night as the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights defeated the 1A Columbia Burbank Coyotes, 77-48.

Van Belle scored 16 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in the win.

“You don’t see triple-doubles very often,” said Lady Knights Coach Al Smeenk. “She’s a great player. Stormee sees the floor so well, she can thread a needle.”

After a tough win against DeSales Monday night, Smeenk said he was a little worried his team would have a letdown, either physically or mentally. That didn’t prove to be the case.

“They came out and executed really well,” he said. “We just played very well last night.”

Lady Knight Katelyn Banks led the team in scoring with 25 points. Smeenk said she was excellent from the charity stripe and often the beneficiary of Van Belle’s solid passes.

“The other girls know they have to keep their heads up when (Van Belle) has the ball,” said Smeenk. “I tell them they need to watch or they’ll get a ball in the ear. You wouldn’t want to go home to your mother with a ball stuck in your ear.”

Sunnyside Christian’s Aydan Harrington was only on the floor for about eight minutes total, but managed to swipe the ball from Burbank’s players four times.

“She was just sneaking the ball away from them,” said Smeenk.

Brittany Broersma added a 12-point performance for the Lady Knights. Micki Williams contributed another 9 points.

“Any time you can do that do a 1A school that’s also aiming for the playoffs, it’s a good sign,” said Smeenk. “When we have tough competition we rise up to it. We have a goal in mind, to get to Saturday play in the State tournament. We’re working toward that.”

The Sunnyside Christian girls (6-0, 15-0) will travel to Klickitat this coming Friday night and then host the Bickleton Lady Pirates at home on Saturday.

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