Cougars drop league openers in both boys and girls game against Lakeside
Chewelah opens up league play with loss
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
The first league ballgame of the season is always enlightening to both players and coaches. After playing three non-league games, they get their opportunity to see how their team stacks up against the conference competition. Chewelah’s opening league game at Lakeside last Friday night was definitely an eye-opener. Although a second period scoring slump and some defensive chaos destroyed their chance of winning the game, the Cougars outscored the home-standing Eagles in three of the four quarters of play.
Nonetheless, being trampled 21-7 in the second period led to a deficit that Chewelah’s second half comeback could not erase. Knowing which opponent to guard is a necessity of playing man-to-man defense.
Although the Cougars ended up on the short end of a 55-51 final score, they demonstrated that they have the potential to be a competitive force in this season’s Northeast A League race.
This week’s games against Medical Lake and Newport will provide a wider perspective. The Cardinals were 59-44 winners over Riverside. The Grizzlies lost at Freeman 38-32.
Chewelah led 14-12 at the close of the second quarter. However, that fatal second period left them behind 33-21 at halftime. The Cougars clawed their way back into the game, outscoring the Eagles 12-10 in the third period and 18-12 in the fourth period, but time ran out before they could catch up.
Eli Hubert topped all scorers with 18 points. Elan Krausz was also in double- digits with 11 points.
The loss left Chewelah in the lower division of the opening week league standings with a 0-1 record along with Colville, Newport, and Riverside. The upper half of the league ladder is occupied by Freeman, Medical Lake, Deer Park, and Lakeside, which were last Friday’s winners.
On Tuesday night, the Cougars concluded their pre-season slate with a second win over Cusick, pounding the Panthers 59-31 with all 10 players contributing to the final score.
Again, Chewelah proved that it has the ability to put points on the scoreboard, no matter which five players are on the floor. In addition, the Cougars showed a willingness to share the ball and to play solid team defense.
Robison was Chewelah’s top gun of the night, leading the Cougars with 12 points. Gavin Parrott and Nils Berger each finished with nine.
Berger used a pair of steals which he turned into five quick points to get the Cougars into high gear. After the first steal, he was fouled attempting the layup and made both free throws. Following the second steal and layup, he was fouled again and made the resulting free throw. Within 49 seconds, Berger had produced five points, leading to a 10-4 first period lead for Chewelah.
Robison spread his points throughout the game, scoring in all four quarters. His two three-pointers in the third and fourth periods kept the Cougars widening the scoring gap. Eli Hubert also made two three-point shots. Parrott drained one.
Parrott, like Berger, scored in bunches. Toward the end of the game, he pilfered three straight steals and turned them into layups at the other end of the floor, all within a couple of minutes.
Chewelah held a 19-9 lead at halftime. Although the Cougars took a lot of good shots, hits were limited. In the second half, however, shooting improved and the lead lengthened.
They led 34-20 at the end of the third period and finished with a 28-point split, 59-31. The Cougars travel to Newport this Friday night to play the early game.
They return to action after the Christmas break to host Deer Park on January 3. During the break, they will compete in the Reardan Tournament.
LAKESIDE 55, CHEWELAH 51
Chewelah (3-1, 0-1) 14 7 12 18-51
Lakeside (2-3, 1-0) 12 21 10 12-55
Baldwin 2, Berger 6, Holloway 6, Hubert 18, Krausz 11, Parrott 2, Robison 6
Baerwald 5, Chittum 5, Cox 14, Gifford 13, Harrington 2, Holmes 10, Hunsaker 3, Meyer 2, Smith 1
Cougars fall to defending league champ Lakeside
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff
Although the Chewelah girls returned five starters to the floor this season, the Lady Cougars still posed no threat to lengthy Lakeside last Friday night.
Utilizing its superior height, the Eagles blitzed to a 36-17 halftime lead en route to a 64-33 home victory over the visiting Cougars.
Chewelah had no trouble crushing class-1B Cusick 54-16 on Tuesday for the second time this season. It was a totally different outcome, however, when the Lady Cougars lined up against the taller state volleyball champion Eagles.
Lakeside held Chewelah to single-digit scoring in three of the four periods played. The Cougars had only one double-figure scorer as Krislyn Koler finished the game with 13 points.
The loss dropped Chewelah into the bottom tier of the current Northeast A League standings with a 0-1 record.
Above the Cougars are Deer Park, Medical Lake, Newport, and Lakeside, all who share first place in the first week standings. Sharing fifth place are Freeman, Riverside, Colville, and the Lady Cougars.
Chewelah has to face the other three first week winners in their upcoming league encounters. The Cougars hosted Medical Lake on Tuesday and travel to Newport on Friday. When they come back from Christmas break, they play
Deer Park at home on January 3. Thus, the front end of their league schedule is loaded. It will be interesting to see how they recover from the loss to Lakeside.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Cougars pummeled the Cusick Panthers 54-16 in a non-league game that was Kyrstan Miller and Maggie Cobb both scoring in double-digits. Miller was Chewelah’s high scorer with 14 points. Cobb had 12.
Miller scored eight points in the opening period and Krislyn Koler canned back-to- back triples as the Cougars scored the first dozen points of the game on their way to a 20-4 first quarter.
Cobb made two inside shots of the glass and Koler turned a steal into a layup to extend the lead to 26-4 in the second period. Larissa Sweat, Jaelynn Skok, and Aspen Katzer also scored to give Chewelah a 36-7 halftime lead. Miller and Cobb combined for 10 points in the third period as the Cougar lead continued to widen. By the conclusion of the third period, it was 49-11. Buckets by Bailey Smith and Amara Mitchell, along with a free throw from Sweat, brought the final score to 54-16.
During this week, the Cougars worked on ways to overcome their lack of height against lanky opponents like the ones they will meet in future league games, starting at Newport this Friday night. The Grizzlies shocked Freeman 51-40 to open their league season last week.
LAKESIDE 64, CHEWELAH 33
Chewelah (2-2, 0-1) 11 6 7 9-33
Lakeside (2-3, 1-0) 20 18 15 11-64
Cobb 6, Katzer 1, Koler 13, Miller 9, Smith 4
Lakeside (WA) Scoring
Gay 2, Jensen 5, Mahowald 12, Mahowald 3, Marikis 5, Mikkelsen 2, Mikkelsen 2, Mitchell 7, Smith 7, Swannack 19