Baldwin shines with 13 points for Chewelah
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
The Chewelah Cougars used a balanced attack to notch their first two non-league wins of the season, defeating 1B Cusick 58-34 on Friday, Dec. 2 and then outscoring 2B Davenport 50-39 on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Eight Cougars scored against the Panthers and nine scored against the visiting Gorillas as Coach Tyler Goldman continuously rotated players onto the floor. Every player got into the game and nearly all of them contributed to the Chewelah side of the score clock.
This appears to be a key ingredient in the Goldman philosophy of the game.
What he discovered this past week was that each of them can score.
It was Owen Baldwin who had the good first week for Chewelah, leading Cougar scorers in both ballgames. He finished Friday’s game with 14 points and added 13 more on Saturday. Elan Krausz and Neils Berger joined Baldwin in double-figures at Cusick with 10 points apiece. What made the difference, however, were the players who eight points, or seven points, or six points.
The Cougars had to battle back from a 13-8 first period deficit against Davenport, but they took control of the game in the second period and led through the remainder of the game.
Baskets by Dom Coleman, Baldwin, Berger, and Parrott gave Chewelah an 8-6 lead midway through the first quarter, but Davenport counter attacked and scored the final seven points of the period to take a 13-8 lead.
Chewelah answered with a 19-point second quarter. The Cougars started with a nine-point run to take over the lead, 17-13. Parrott scored on a pass from Krausz, Ryder Robison drained both ends of a two-shot free throw opportunity, and Jensen Holloway and Krausz drove the lane for layups. Then, Krausz made a free throw, missed the second attempt, but scored off a rebound by Robison.
Holloway scored on an out of bounds play, and Baldwin turned a steal into a layup. The rally was capped by back-to-back three-pointers by Baldwin and Robison, giving Chewelah a 27-17 halftime lead.
The Cougars also won the second half using a wide scoring base. In the third period, they got baskets from Eli
Hubert, Parrott, Krausz, Berger, and Robison.
Baldwin got hot in the final period, dumping in six of his game-high 13 points. Also adding points were Griffin Stroyan, Berger, and Krausz, resulting in Chewelah’s 50-39 win.
At Cusick on Friday evening, there was not much of a cat fight. The visiting Cougars crushed the home-standing Panthers 58-34. Chewelah took a 24-10 first half lead and never looked back.
The league season begins on Friday night with the Cougars traveling to Lakeside. They play the early game at 5:45 p.m. through the first half of the league schedule. On Tuesday, they return home for to host Medical Lake.
CHEWELAH 50, DAVENPORT 39
Davenport (0-2, 0-0) 13 4 9 13-39
Chewelah (2-0, 0-0) 8 19 12 11-50
Abbott 8 , Bowdish 13, Burt 5, Flett 11, Van Pevenage 2,
Hubert 2, Holloway 4, Baldwin 13, Coleman 2, Parrott 8, Stroyan 2, Krausz 6, Berger 6, Robison 7