As of Wednesday, January 4, 2017
LYDEN Four Lower Yakima Valley basketball teams are competing at a tournament hosted by Lynden Christian High School.
Granger’s and Sunnyside Christian’s boys and girls teams played their first games yesterday.
The Granger girls team defeated Cascade Christian, 64-33; the boys team defeated Meridian, 56-45.
The Sunnyside Christian girls lost, 36-49, to defending 1A state champions Lynden Christian, and the boys lost, 54-70 to the Lyncs.
Alexis Castro led the Granger girls with 22 points. She dropped the ball in the basket five times from beyond the 3-point arc and was 1-for-1 from the charity stripe.
Granger opened the game with an 18-2 lead at the end of the first quarter; outscored Cascade Christian, 16-14 and 13-10 in the second and third, respectively; and cinched it up with a 17-7 fourth quarter.
Two others scored in double digits — Jayleen Vasquez and Lily Stewart. Vasquez scored four 3-point shots and tallied 14 points. Stewart scored eight of her 10 points from inside the key.
Allison Downs led the Cougars with 11 points.
The Spartans boys team competed against Meridian and prevailed.
Coach Bruce Siebol did not report stats as of press time.
The Granger girls compete against Bellevue Christian today and the boys compete against Lynden Christian.
Sailor Liefke led the Knights girls team with 10 points — all in the second half.
Scoring 9 points apiece were Alyssa Martin and Kristen Broersma.
“We battled very hard,” Sunnyside Christian girls coach Al Smeenk said.
“They are very tall — seven of their girls are 5’10” or taller,” he said.
The Lyncs held the Knights to single digits throughout each of the first three quarters. The host team led 31-16 at halftime.
That didn’t deter Sunnyside Christian, which fought back and held the Lyncs to just four points in the third stanza.
“We changed our defense to a 2-3 zone and got to within 9 points,” Smeenk said. “Then, we made some mistakes.”
Overall, he said he was pleased with how well the 1B Knights played under pressure.
The boys also faced the host of the tournament host yesterday and suffered a loss.
The Knights entered the tournament with a 1-0, 5-0 record.
Lynden Christian had a 1-0, 5-1 record prior to yesterday’s game.
Coach Dean Wagenaar did not report statistics from the 8 p.m. game as of press time.
Today, the Sunnyside Christian girls compete against Cascade Christian, while the boys compete against Meridian.