Davenport defense in first quarter trips up Cougars
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
Basketball teams are supposed to shoot their best in the familiar surroundings of their home gym, boisterously cheered on by their supportive fans.
That was not the scenario in Pein-Lynch Gym last Saturday night against visiting Davenport. The Lady Cougars struggled to find the hole in the hoop throughout the game from both the floor and the free throw line. Chewelah put up one missed shot after another, probably shooting under 25 percent and leading to a 58-40 loss to the Lady Gorillas.
Davenport’s girls were tall, fast, athletic, skillful, and undefeated in their two previous games against Odessa and Medical Lake. They left Chewelah with a 3-0 pre-season record and enter league play this week. This is the type of team that will challenge the Lady Cougars all season long. Especially when their taller players get into early foul trouble.
After demolishing Cusick 60-22 on Friday night, Chewelah’s loss on Saturday came as a shock, especially when the Lady Cougars did not score for the first 6:37 of the opening period when Krislyn Koler made a free throw. By that time, they were behind 9-1, and it was an uphill campaign through the rest of the game. Amara Mitchell’s short jumper with 0:43 remaining to be played in the quarter was the first Cougar shot from the floor that dropped through the net, and it left Chewelah on the short end of a 13-3 score when the buzzer sounded.
A three-pointer by Koler to begin the second quarter finally jump-started the Cougars. No, they did not catch up to the Gorillas, but they at least matched them basket for basket. Maggie Cobb hit an inside shot, Bailey Smith drained a driving layin, and Amara Mitchell went two-for-two from the line. Still Davenport maintained an 11-point lead, 24-13.
Two-shot free throws by Kennedy Robison and Koler, along with a second three-point shot by Mitchell kept Chewelah from losing more ground. The Cougars trailed 29-20 at halftime. Chewelah fought an even battle with the Gorillas through the third period, but the Cougars were unable to chip away at the Davenport lead. Cobb made a shot on the inside and a free throw, Koler canned a short jumper, and Robison and Smith each dropped in an attempt from beyond the arc. However, Davenport still kept its 11-point split, 42-31, at the close of the third quarter.
Davenport finished strong to keep the Cougars from narrowing the score. Aspen Katzer hit a rare rebound bucket, Cobb made a shot on the inside, and Koler turned a pair of steals into layups.
With 5:19 remaining in the game, the Chewelah girls had whittled the Davenport lead to a seven-point spread, 47-40. Unfortunately, the Cougars returned to their early scoring slump and never made another shot through the remainder of the game, losing 58-40.
Koler led the Cougars with 12 points. She was Chewelah’s lone double-digit scorer.
At Cusick on Friday, Dec. 2, the Lady Cougars held the host Panthers to single-digit scoring in all four periods on their way to a runaway 60-22 victory.
Eight Chewelah players scored in the stampede, led by Cobb’s 19-point game. Kyrstan Miller was also in double- figures with 11 points.
The Cougars led 25-11 at the intermission, and then blitzed to a 45-17 advantage at the end of the third period. The league season starts this Friday night when the Cougars travel to Lakeside, playing the late game at 7:30. They return home for to host Medical Lake on Tuesday.
CHEWELAH 58, CHEWELAH 40
Davenport (3-0, 0-0) 13 16 13 16-58
Chewelah (0-1, 0-0) 3 17 12 8-40
Abbott 8, Abbott 18, Arland 2, Jacobsen 14, Johnson 7, Zieler 9
Koler 12, Mitchell 7, Robison 4, Smith 7, Cobb 7, Katzer 3, Miller, Skok