Chewelah’s Lady Cougars watched a three-point lead evaporate in the fourth period at Kettle Falls last Saturday night as the Lady Bulldogs came from behind to eke out a narrow 55-52 win. The loss ended the basketball season for the Lady Cougars, who were eliminated from district tournament play.

Going into the final period of play, Chewelah held a 44-41 lead over the home-standing Bulldogs. The Cougars had been ahead at halftime, 20-16.

Only six teams advanced to the district tournament. With seven teams in the league, one team had to be eliminated. Chewelah and Kettle Falls both finished with 2-10 records. So Saturday’s playoff game at Kettle Falls determined which of the two teams would continue on to the district tournament and which one would have its season come to a close.

Mikaela Hopkins led the Lady Cougars with 11 points. Katelyn Garner was also in double-digits with 10 points. Brittney Wuesthoff and Ryann Richmond each scored nine.

The Cougar girls had a disappointing end to their season as they lost to a pair of teams they had beaten earlier in the season. They hosted a hot Medical Lake team on Tuesday that hit six three-point shots in the first half, leaving the Cougars behind by a 31-12 score.

The visiting Cardinals hit five more three-pointers in the second half to halt a Chewelah rally that had cut their lead to four points, 39-35, with five minutes remaining in the game. But, Medical Lake pulled away for the 55-40 league win with a 10-point run and some finishing free throws.

Kaitlin Krouse was Chewelah’s lone double-digit scorer with 11 points.

At Newport on Friday night, the Lady Cougars were defeated by a 50-37 score. They trailed by only a 39-32 split at the end of the third period, but they did not score through the first five minutes of the fourth period. That gave the Grizzlies the opportunity to pull away for the win.

Brittney Wuesthoff was Chewelah’s leading scorer with 11 points.

 

Newport 50, Chewelah 37

Cougars: 06 – 15 – 11 – 05 = 37

Grizzlies: 11 – 12 – 16 – 11 = 50

Lady Cougar scoring: Brittney Wuesthoff 11, Amanda Pugh 7, Kara Frederick 6, Kaitlin Krouse 5, Ryann Richmond 4, Katelyn Garner 3, Sydnie Katzer 1.

 

ML 55, Chewelah 40

Cougars: 04 – 08 – 19 – 09 = 40

Cards: 19 – 12 – 05 – 19 = 55

Lady Cougar scoring: Kaitlin Krouse 11, Brittney Wuesthoff 7, Kara Frederick 5, Sydnie Katzer 4. Ryann Richmond 4, Mikaela Hopkins 4, Amanda Pugh 3, Katelyn Garner 2.

 

KF 55, Chewelah 52

Cougars: 14 – 16 – 14 – 08 = 52

Bulldogs: 11 – 15 – 15 – 14 = 55

Lady Cougar scoring: Mikaela Hopkins 11, Katelyn Garner 10, Brittney Wuesthoff 9, Ryann Richmond 9, Sydnie Katzer 7, Kaitlin Krouse 3, Amanda Pugh 3.

 

Northeast A League

Final Standings

Freeman 11 – 1

Lakeside 10 – 2

Newport 7 – 5

Riverside 6 – 6

Medical Lake 4 – 8

Chewelah 2 – 10

Kettle Falls 2 – 10

 

Last Week’s League Games

Newport 50, Chewelah 37

Freeman 56, Riverside 44

Lakeside 60, Kettle Falls 37

Medical Lake 55, Chewelah 40

Lakeside 46, Freeman 39

Riverside 45, Kettle Falls 41

Kettle Falls 55, Chewelah 52

 By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff

In This Photo: Brittney Wuesthoff back in action for the end of the season fires off a 3-pointer against Medical Lake! Kim Johnstone photo

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