Girls power past opposition


Mabton’s Britnee Guerrero passes the ball from inside the paint to a teammate.


Krista den Hoed of the Knights drives the ball past Jada Liulamaga of Yakama Tribal.

— Lower Yakima Valley girls hoops teams posted a clean sweep Friday night, all knocking off opponents.

Sunnyside held Eisenhower to 11 points through all four quarters en route to victory.

Sunnyside Christian allowed Lyle-Wishram to score only 16 points and Prosser kept Othello to just 9.

Mabton won its game against White Swan, 43-38. And Granger doubled up on Highland, winning 74-35.

Bickleton prevailed, 56-46, over Trout Lake.

The Sunnyside-Wenatchee and Bickleton vs. Lyle-Wishram games slated for Saturday were canceled due to weather.

Meanwhile, the Knights defeated Yakama Tribal, 65-39; and the Vikings prevailed over Tri-Cities Prep, 61-49.

The Prosser Mustangs defeated East Valley (Yakima), 56-53; and the Spartans won, 58-48, against La Salle.

Sunnyside Christian

Last season, the Knights competed against a formidable Lyle-Wishram for the district championship.

This season the Cougars are struggling, Sunnyside Christian coach Al Smeenk said.

“They had to have lost a lot of seniors,” he said. “We were just really glad they scored.”

The Cougars were scoreless throughout the first half, while Sunnyside Christian posted 39 points.

Kristen Broersma had a game high 17 points in the first three quarters.

Saturday’s game against the Eagles wasn’t as easily decided.

“It was a good game — they played hard,” Smeenk said of Yakama Tribal.

The Knights outscored the Eagles 13-6 in the first stanza, 25-12 in the second and 15-7 in the third quarter.

Yakama Tribal came out ahead, 14-12, in the final quarter, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.

Smeenk said the Eagles have a new coach and are improving.

“They played a good game; they played man in zone and we stayed in man-on-man,” Smeenk said.

“They played hard, as did our team,” he said.

Scoring a game high 24 points was Sailor Liefke. Teammate Alyssa Martin scored 13 points and Broersma hauled in 11 rebounds.

T’Mesh Mills was the leading scorer for the Eagles with 15 points.


Grizzlies coach Rick Puente didn’t have anything to say about his team’s overwhelming power over the Eisenhower Cadets on Friday.

The Maldonado sisters — Emilee and Ashlee — each scored 11 points. Emilee Maldonado provided 7 assists and had 5 steals, while her younger sister had 5 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals.

Scoring 8 points apiece were Lexi Skyles and Castitee Garza.

The Grizzlies opened the game with a 23-4 lead and maintained the momentum, disallowing Eisenhower any points in the second quarter. In the third and fourth quarters, Sunnyside scored 11 points each.

The Cadets scored 5 and 2 points, respectively.


Another dominating score Friday was that of the Mustangs.

The Huskies scored just 2 points in the first stanza, were unable to hit the basket once during the second, scored 5 points in the third and another 2 points in the final.

Prosser scored 27 points in the first quarter alone. They tacked on 16 points in the third stanza and another 7 in the final.

Leading scorers with 13 and 11 points, respectively, were Marissa Cortes and Asia Olivarez. Ali Cox contributed with 10 boards.

Saturday, the team rode the win to secure another against the Red Devils.

Coach Kyler Bachofner did not provide stats as of press time.


The Vikings won their Friday game over White Swan, but not as handily as other teams from the Lower Yakima Valley.

White Swan took to the court, fighting for dominance with a 15-6 first-quarter lead. The host team took to the challenge and outscored the Cougars, 13-9, in the second stanza.

White Swan led 24-19 at halftime.

Mabton fought to outscore the Cougars, 10-9, in the third quarter and the defense dug in to hold White Swan to just 5 points in the final quarter.

That offered the Vikings an offensive advantage and they capitalized with 14 points to pull out the win.

Britnee Guerrero of the Vikings scored a game high 21 points and had 9 rebounds. Teammates Rieley McCallum and Ivett Sanchez each contributed 7 points.

The leading scorer for the Cougars was Ashley Anderson with 15 points. She got a double-double with 13 rebounds.

Saturday’s game against Tri-City Prep started differently for Mabton.

The Vikings took to the hardwood with a 15-4 run in the first quarter and outscored the Jaguars by one point in the second stanza.

Tri-Cities Prep clawed its way through the third stanza to outscore the visitors, 18-15.

But Mabton didn’t panic. The Vikings carried out the win by 20 points in the final quarter, while the Jaguars tallied 17.

Three Mabton players — Guerrero, Caitlin Rojas and McCallum — scored double digits. Guerrero led the team with 19 points, while the other two scored 14 and 10, respectively.

The team capitalized on 19 steals and 17 turnovers.

Emma Slahtasky scored 16 points for a team high. Alexia Saenz scored 14 and Emily Dickson tallied 11 for the Jaguars.


The Spartans began their weekend with a decidedly impressive win over Highland and propelled themselves into another win over La Salle on Saturday.

Against Highland, Granger opened with an 18-3 lead in the first quarter. The Spartans outscored the Scotties 24-16 in the second, 20-10 in the third and 12-6 in the final.

Leading the charge was Alexis Castro with 18 points.

Also scoring in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively were Jayleen Vasquez and Lily Stewart.

The Spartans combined for 12 baskets from beyond the 3-point arc and were 12-for-15 from the charity stripe.

The leading scorer for Highland was Yvette Lopez with 13 points.

The Spartans had a bigger challenge the following night as they were only able to edge the Lightning by 5 points in the first stanza.

In the second quarter, La Salle outscored Granger, 12-11.

The Spartans led 28-24 at halftime, and hit the hardwood fighting in the third to increase the advantage via a 19-11 run. In the final quarter, La Salle scored 13, while the Spartans tallied 11 — enough to clinch the 10-point win.

Castro scored a game high 23 points, while Vasquez tallied 15 for Granger.

Natalie Newman led the Lightning with 11 points. Teammate Grace McGree added 10 to the final score.


The Pirates were scheduled to play two nights, but only played Friday due to weather.

Against the Cougars, Bickleton started with a 15-12 advantage. Lyle-Wishram battled to take 29-27 halftime lead, outscoring the Pirates, 17-12, in the second stanza.

Bickleton’s defense stepped up in the third and held the Cougars to 5 points in the third, while leading the game offensively with 12 points. The Pirates carried the momentum into the fourth quarter, outscoring their opponents, 17-12, and securing the win.

Leading the Pirates with 18 points apiece were Rosy Molina and Kira Harvey. The duo got double-doubles with 16 and 13 rebounds, respectively. Molina also had 3 assists and 4 blocked shots, while Harvey had 6 steals, provided 9 assists and blocked 3 shots.

“The girls played as a team — I was proud of every single one of them,” Bickleton coach Teresa Gannon said.

All six players on her roster scored. Hannah Delbrook and Emily Hanson also had 7 rebounds each. Hali O’Banion scored 13 points, had 4 boards, 4 steals and provided 3 assists. Isabella Dean of the Cougars had a game high 26 points and Lily Painter tallied 10.

“(Bickleton) had very well rounded stats, and what didn’t show in the stats, those girls made up for on defense,” Gannon said.


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