(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Chewelah opens up the season with a difficult task, hosting 1B power Cusick at Pein-Lynch Gym on Thursday evening. The Panthers got some great performances from Devin Browneagle and Celias Holmes as Cusick survived a late Chewelah comeback for the 62-60 victory.
Nick Franks led the Cougars with 13 points, as the junior two three pointers from the field, while Lukas Kubik added 10 points and Jaron Baldwin hit three three-pointers for nine points.
Cusick outscored Chewelah by eight points in the second quarter to take a 37-31 advantage at halftime. The Cougars did make a furious comeback in the fourth quarter but fell just short.
Holmes finished with 19 points while Browneagle notched 14 points for Cusick.
Chewelah had some trouble at the free throw line, shooting 4 of 16. Cusick hit 8 of 16 from the charity stripe and also hit eight three-pointers in the matchup.
Cusick was 17-7 last year and beat Chewelah 55-51.
The Cougars will host Newport tonight at 7:30 p.m.