Knights edge Yakama Tribal, 60-56

Girls, boys teams clinch league titles

— The Knights boys basketball team was put to the test Saturday night in a narrow 60-56 win over Yakama Tribal.

The victory assured Sunnyside Christian the Columbia Gorge League title and the top seed in the playoffs.

The Eagles didn’t make it easy for the home team as they were able to get an early lead after the first quarter.

The next two quarters showed that both teams were neck-and-neck. Entering the fourth, the Knights held a one-point lead.

“We committed too many turnovers and those turnovers proved costly as they turned into big baskets,” coach Dean Wagenaar said.

Chance Marsh put up 22 points for the hosts, while teammate Justin Faber had 14 points and grabbed eight boards.

Justin Strom had 20 points for Yakama Nation.

The Knights boys team had a much easier time of it Friday in a 59-43 win at Lyle-Wishram.

The Knights were able to jump out early with a good first quarter.

After a solid third quarter, they were able to pull away from the Cougars for the win.

“Good defense from us and good defense from them, too. Overall it was a great defensive game,” Wagenaar said.

Cade Bosma put up 18 points and Connor Duim had 12 points, all in the second quarter, to pace the Knights.

Gavin Nelson had a game-high 19 points for Lyle.

“The boys played hard and had a good win,” Wagenaar said.

Also over the weekend, the Sunnyside Christian girls remained undefeated with a pair of victories, 68-31 over Yakama Tribal and 80-54 over Lyle-Wishram.

The Knights were up by 12 at the half against Yakama Tribal on Saturday. They broke away with a huge 30-0 run in the third quarter.

“At halftime we went into the locker room as usual and we talked about how we could play better,” Coach Al Smeenk said. “They responded and played extremely well coming out.”

Sunnyside Christian was able to cruise for the rest of the game and clinched the league title with the win over the Eagles.

Sailor Liefke scored 25 points while Katelyn Banks put up 13 for the Knights. Wiwnu Mills led the Eagles with 20 points.

Last Friday, the Knights girls prevailed at Lyle-Wishram 80-54.

“It’s always a great atmosphere when we visit them,” coach Al Smeenk said. “Their crowd gets them pumped up, and they get behind their team.”

The home crowd wasn’t enough to get the Cougars going as the Knights put up big plays throughout the game and were able to pull away for the win.

Emily and Katelyn Banks put up huge numbers for Sunnyside Christian, each tallying a double-double for the night.

Emily had a game-high 32 points and 18 boards, while Katelyn put up 15 points and 15 rebounds.

“We had a different line-up starting this game,” Smeenk said. “But we were able to put things together and win another game.”

The Knights boys and girls team return to action will return to action tonight as they face DeSales at Walla Walla.


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