Grizzlies girls rout Wenatchee

Mabton, Sunnyside Christian girls also win big


Vikings sophomore Kassandra Hernandez drives the baseline Saturday against Jaguar freshman Mackenna Brandner.

— The Grizzlies girls scored fast an often Saturday night as they defeated Wenatchee, 77-44, in 4A basketball action.

“Our defense is clicking right now,” Sunnyside coach Rick Puente said after the win over the Panthers (4-8).

The Grizzlies (9-3) combined for 21 steals, 7 of which were made by Chastitee Garza.

The team also recorded 23 assists and 15 treys.

Carla Cardenas collected 15 of her overall 19 points from behind the 3-point arc.

Three more Grizzlies scored in double digits.

Kameran Rodriguez scored 16 points; Ashlee Maldonado tallied 12, provided 10 assists and hit four 3-point shots; and Garza scored 12 points.

“Everybody chipped in,” Puente said, challenging the team on its defense at the half, “… and they executed.’

The Grizzlies led 33-24 up to that point, and in the second half allowed just 21 points while creating opportunities to collect the additional 44 points for the final margin.

“The girls came out and played an excellent all-around game,” Puente said.

The Grizzlies travel to East Wenatchee on Saturday to face the Eastmont Wildcats (6-6).

Tipoff is at 5:45 p.m.

Mabton 57, Tri-Cities Prep 46

MABTON — The Mabton girls basketball team hosted and defeated Tri-Cities Prep, 57-46, during a 2B game Saturday.

The game was intense and rough as the Vikings committed 18 fouls. The visiting Jaguars (7-3) had 13.

But, the Vikings (9-2) scraped out the victory with a 9-9 first quarter, 16-9 second, 8-8 third and 24-20 final quarter stance.

Tri-Cities Prep’s Talia Von Oelhoffen scored a game high 23 points. Kassandra Hernandez led the Vikings with 17.

Vikings’ teammate Astrid Galarza had a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Britnee Guerrero tallied 15 points.

The Vikings also outperformed Tri-Cities Prep behind the 3-point arc, with a combined 9 baskets. The visitors drained 3-of-12.

The Vikings travel to Walla Walla on Saturday to play the DeSales Fighting Irish (5-4). Tipoff is 6 p.m.

Sunnyside Christian 62, Yakama Tribal 40

TOPPENISH — The Knights girls basketball team (10-1) brought a home 1B conference victory from Yakama Tribal, 62-40, Saturday night.

The local girls started the game against Yakama Tribal (5-6) slower than they would have liked, with a 9-7 first quarter and 15-15 second quarter.

The Knights took their narrow 2 point lead to the lockerroom at halftime, but exploded in the second half.

The third quarter was more to their liking as they gained momentum, outscoring the Eagles, 13-4.

The domination continued in the fourth quarter, with a 25-14 run.

“We had a great fourth quarter,” Knights coach Al Smeenk said.

Emily Banks led the team with 22 points. She scored 13 points in the final stanza for a total of 19 in the second half. She also had a double double, hauling in 13 rebounds.

Sailor Liefke also scored double digits with 20 points, 12 of which were behind the 3-point arc for the Knights. And Madi Candanoza chipped in another two 3-point shots and tallied 9 overall points. Jenna Andringa was also a beast on the glass, collecting 15 rebounds.

“This was a good game,” Smeenk said.

“Yakama Tribal played very well; they came out hard and aggressive.”


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