|1/4/2013 12:41:00 PM|
Girls, boys win heartstoppers against Cashmere. Travel to Brewster tonight
|A trio of Lady Bulldogs surround Chelan's Courtney Dietrich, who was physically confronted throughout the game.|
Mirror photo by Vince Lovato
|Chelan's Aaron Schramm, who scored 16 points, knocks a ball away from Bulldog defenders.|
Mirror photo by Vince Lovato
|Lady Goats 36, Cashmere 31|
|Most of Thursday's CTL game between rivals Cashmere and Chelan was dictated by physical play. At times it looked like roller derby instead of basketball.|
Twice during the game, Chelan starters were sprawled on the floor with minor injuries. At least four other times, players from both teams were grappling on the court for loose balls. Players from both teams often seemed frustrated by the inability to score easily.
Junior forward Abby Phelps went down with leg cramps and senior guard Emily Schramm injured her leg after getting buried in a scramble for a loose ball.
But when it counted the most, it was the Lady Goats' finesse and grace under pressure that decided the game.
Phelps and senior forward Courtney Dietrich both hit one-plus-ones in the last 19.8 seconds with the game on the line to preserve the victory.
Dietrich seemed to be a target for the Lady Dogs, who hacked, held and ran through her all game. Cashmere held her to seven rebounds and 6 points but she composed herself enough to hit her bonus shots with 9.6 seconds to play to ice the victory.
With the attention on Dietrich, Phelps thrived, collecting a whopping 22 rebounds and scoring 15 points to lead all scorers.
"It was another close one," said Chelan Coach Frank Phelps. "They're all going to be like that."
The Lady Goats, who were 12-12 last year after a dramatic run through the playoffs, remain undefeated at 8-0 and 4-0 in the CTL. They travel to undefeated Brewster for a first-place showdown at 6 p.m. tonight.
Cashmere Bulldogs 8 10 8 5 31
Chelan Lady Goats 8 9 9 10 36
Cashmere Lady Bulldogs: TOTAL FG%: 1st half 7-23(.304) 2nd half 5-29(.172) Game 12-52(.231) 3-Pt FG%: 1st half 3-11(.273) 2nd half 1-8(.125) Game 4-19(.211) FT%: Game 4-8(.500)
Chelan Lady Goats: Emma Stockholm 2, Abby Phelps 22r, 15p; Megan Robinson 1, Courtney Dietrich 7r, 6p; Emily Schramm 7, Hailey Habich 5.
TOTAL FG%: 1st half 7-25(.280) 2nd half 7-27(.259) Game 14-52(.269)
3-Pt FG%: 1st half 1-4(.250) 2nd half 0-3(.000) Game 1-7(.143) FT%: Game 7-12(.583)
Chelan boys 58, Cashmere 56
Cashmere High School's Coleman McElroy converted a layup with about 39 seconds left to play to complete a minor comeback against host Chelan Thursday night and tie the rival game at 56-56.
But Chelan's Kai Clausen banked in an awkward 14-foot jump shot at the buzzer to preserve the Goats' victory. The win puts Chelan in a first-place tie with Brewster in the Caribou Trail League and sets up a showdown at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Brewster.
Until his buzzer beater, Clausen missed six shots from the floor, but after his game-winner, his teammates and a few fans dog piled on him in celebration.
Clausen's shot was a reflection of the game and season for Coach Joe Harris and the Goats. Nine players scored against Cashmere as Harris searched for combinations of players to thwart the Bulldogs' aggressive play.
Harris admonished his players to "block out," and "rebound," and "don't be afraid to take a charge," against the Bulldogs, who seemed to slice between and around Goats to pick off rebounds in the first half.
After trailing 15-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Goats went on a furious 18-7 run in the second quarter, spurred by nifty passing and clutch shooting from senior guard Michael Amsel, Jr., who led all Goats with 20 points.
They maintained their 27-22 halftime advantage as the teams battled for 18 points apiece in the third quarter to set up the dramatic finish.
Senior forward Aaron Schramm scored 16 points.
After losing their season opener, the boys have won nine straight games.
Cashmere Bulldogs 15 7 18 16_56
Chelan Goats 9 18 18 13_58
Jan. 3 at Chelan High School
Cashmere Bulldogs: Dylan Boyd 25, Casey Roberts 13.
TOTALS: FG%: 1st half 7-22(.318) 2nd half 15-22(.682) Game 22-44(.500) 3-Pt FG%: 1st half 0-3(.000) 2nd half 3-7(.429) Game 3-10(.300) FT%: Game 9-12(.750)
Chelan Goats: Kyle Johnson 2; Michael Amsel Jr. 20; Eli Jenkins 4, Hank Hollingsworth 2, Franklin Rosas 3, Aaron Schramm 16, Erick Oscarson 7r, 7p; Jared Anderson 2, Kai Clausen 2.
TOTALS: FG%: 1st half 8-23(.348) 2nd half 12-25(.480) Game 20-48(.417) 3-Pt FG%: 1st half 2-4(.500) 2nd half 1-2(.500) Game 3-6(.500) FT%: Game 15-25(.600)
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