Knights tame Coyotes

Girls stay undefeated

Sunnyside Christian’s Katelyn Banks drive to the hoop as Columbia-Burbank’s Teagan Aune defends in last night’s non-league game.

Photo by John Fannin
Sunnyside Christian’s Katelyn Banks drive to the hoop as Columbia-Burbank’s Teagan Aune defends in last night’s non-league game.

— The Knights boys and girls hoop teams rolled to victory last night over Columbia-Burbank in non-league action.

In the girls game, the Knights were able to top visiting Burbank 66-51.

The Knights opened strong, building a 16-7 first-quarter lead. The start was only marred by the home team committing too many fouls. The Coyotes converted on 5-of-7 tries from the free throw line in the opening quarter.

As the second quarter started it was a much closer game with both teams playing good defense only allowing four points each midway through the period.

Katelyn Banks changed that for Sunnyside Christian, converting a 3-point play and leading the charge towards a 16-point lead at the half.

Columbia-Burbank tried to close the gap in the second half and got as close as 11 points, but Sunnyside Christian responded and remained up by double digits the rest of the game.

“Love these type of games. Burbank is a good team and they always make you work hard,” coach Al Smeenk said.

Banks was the leading scorer for the night with 22 points. Two other girls also got into double figures for the Knights, Sailor Liefke with 15 and Kristen Broersma with 12.

Taylor Tuner had 14 points for the Coyotes.

In boys action, the Knights defeated the Coyotes 64-54 at home to complete the sweep Tuesday night.

It was a close first quarter between the two teams as they both put up 18 points. The Knights then ran away in the second, outscoring the Coyotes by 13 to finish the half up 36-23.

Burbank got off to a fast start coming out of the locker room, putting up 22 points to Sunnyside’s eight to give the Coyotes a one-point edge entering the last quarter.

The Knights got back on track in the fourth with the help of a 6-0 run to break the deadlock and didn’t let go of the lead for the rest of the match-up.

Chance Marsh led the Knights with 14 points, while teammate Cade Bosma recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Luke Wagenaar added 12 points for the Knights.

“We only had eight turnovers and I’m happy with having such a low number,” said coach Dean Wagenaar. “We played good basketball.”

Sunnyside Christian improved its season record to 14-3 with the win.

“If we win at least one of our next two games we will be the out-right league champs,” Wagenaar said.

The Knights boys and girls teams play Klickitat this Friday.


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