Chewelah falls to St. George’s but picks up first league win at Wilbur-Creston…
The top-ranked St. George’s Dragons came to Chewelah with an undefeated league record last Friday night and returned home to Spokane still unblemished at 4-0 after defeating the Cougars 76-42. Using their dominating height advantage and profiting from Chewelah turnovers, the visiting Dragons dashed to a 23-5 first quarter lead. They then outscored the Cougars in the three remaining periods with a trio of players in double-digits.
Friday’s loss dropped the Cougars to 5-8 for the season, but a 65-43 victory at Wilbur-Creston the following night earned Chewelah another notch in the wins column. They are now 1-3 in northern division play.
A long three-pointer from the corner by John Larson and a driving jumper from Jaron Baldwin accounted for Chewelah’s only baskets of the opening period. The Cougars got their share of shots, but most refused to drop through the hoop.
Chewelah played fairly even second and third periods against the lanky Dragons who started one player at six-foot-six and two at six-foot-four, plus had two more coming off the bench. Two free throws by Nolan Hansen, a long jumper just inside the arc from Carl Oman and a back side put-back by Hansen left the Cougars trailing 28-13. Jake George hit a short jumper, made the and-one free throw and then threw in three more free throws to make it 36-19. However, the Dragons dumped in the last seven points of the quarter to stay on top 43-19 at halftime.
George started the third period with a spinning jumper from the lane, Larson hit a pull-up jumper from the free throw line, and Franks canned a trey from the deep corner to make the score 49-26 two minutes into the period. A driving left-handed layup by Baldwin, plus double free throws from Franks and Baldwin left Chewelah at a 59-33 deficit at the end of the period.
Brad Larson’s three-pointer was the only shot from the floor made by the Cougars in the fourth period as Chewelah shots continued to miss their mark. However, the Cougars went to the free
throw line 10 times after being fouled while shooting, of which they made six of 10. In the end, St. George’s altitude advantage and sharpshooting left Chewelah down 76-42 at the final buzzer.
The Cougars had no players in double-figures. George, Baldwin and John Larson let the team with eight point apiece.
Jaron Baldwin led three Cougars in double-digits on Saturday night as Chewelah used a nine-point run at the beginning of the second half to break away from Wilbur-Creston for a 65-44 league win. The senior guard was the game’s top gun with 20 points, followed by Carl Oman with 12 and Brad Larson with 10. The homestanding Wildcats were able to stay close to the Cougars through most of the opening half, but three consecutive baskets at the end of the second period and four more at the start of the third period put Chewelah in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the game.
Baldwin was effective from all shooting distances as he drilled a pair of long range three-pointers and turned steals into coast-to-coast layups. His thievery ignited the Cougars in the second half as they pulled away for the win.
Two three-pointers by Brad Larson and another from Baldwin kept the Cougars ahead of the Wildcats in the opening period. A put-back by Jake George and a couple of free throws from Baldwin toward the end of the period gave Chewelah a narrow 13-12 lead.
With the score tied at 15 points apiece early in the second period, the Cougars started to penetrate the Wilbur-Creston defense. Baldwin hit a back door layup, George made a short jumper on a feed from Larson and Nick Franks took the ball down the lane for a layup to give Chewelah a six-point lead. The Wildcats closed the gap to 22-21 later in the period, but two baskets each from Oman and Andrew Sweat gave the Cougars a 30-21 halftime lead.
The third period started with a flurry of points, with most coming off steals. Franks turned a pair of pilfers into layups and Baldwin did the same, while George put back another rebound to blink nine straight points onto the visitor’s side of the scoreboard for a 39-21 Chewelah lead. The rally continued with baskets from Larson, Baldwin and Nolan Hansen to give the Cougars a 50-30 lead at the end of the period.
Oman scored seven of his dozen points in the final period as Chewelah continued to pick Wildcat pockets for uncontested layups. Baldwin and George joined the gang and Bowen Middlesworth went two-for-two from the line to give the Cougars their 65-43 league triumph.
This week, the Cougars will host Davenport here on Friday and travel to Kettle Falls on Saturday. Tipoff time for both games begin at 7:30 p.m.