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1/23/2013 3:57:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Coleman McElroy, a senior, drives in against a Quincy defender. McElroy scored 13 points against the Jacks in the 63-39 Cashmere win. McElroy scored a total of 37 points last week in two games.
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Mason Elliott dribbles around his opponent to get to the hoop in the game against Quincy on Jan. 15. Elliott, a leading rebounder for Cashmere, got 10 rebounds against the Jacks.
Cashmere now on five game winning streak
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Cashmere boys basketball team (8-2, 9-5) hit their fifth win in a row last week after beating Quincy (3-6, 6-9) at home and Tonasket (2-7, 6-7) on the road.

In the previous match up against the Quincy Jacks, the Bulldogs fell to their opponents tight zone defense and lost 66-58. On Jan. 14, Cashmere hosted the Jacks and once again had a hard time driving into their tough defense.

The Bulldogs led the first quarter 10-7 but the team needed to find a way to break their opponents defense according to Cashmere Superintendent Glenn Johnson, who is stepping in as an assistant coach while Head Coach Keith Boyd is out.

"Quincy plays really good defense. They beat us the first time. They are well coached and play a tough zone to score against," Johnson said. "Our kids were patient and finished the first half [in the lead] 29-22."

Cashmere was able to break the defense and had a great second half. The game ended 63-39. Once again the scoring was balanced. Junior Casey Ruether scored 14, senior Coleman McElroy scored 13, junior Dylan Boyd scored 11, and senior Jordan Christensen scored 10. Sophomore Mason Elliott had 10 rebounds.

It was a big game for Ruether, who missed the beginning of the season due to a football injury. Last time these two teams met Quincy's Durfee scored 31 points. This time around, with Ruether on man-to-man defense, Durfee was held to six points. Ruether also had six assists.

"This game for Casey [Ruether] was a key factor and the balanced scoring was great," Johnson said. "When you have seven kids on the floor that are a threat to score you become hard to defend."

The Bulldogs traveled to Tonasket last Friday for an offensive shootout against the Tigers.

"We knew going into Okanogan County that it's always tough. You always know you are going to get a hard fought game and this was no exception," Johnson said.

In the first quarter Cashmere fell behind by five points. They responded to the score in the second quarter and finished the first half ahead 43-39.

In the second half, the Bulldogs were on with their shots and pulled away for a 93-72 win. Boyd added 22 points to the scoreboard and had 11 assists. McElroy scored 24 and crashed the boards for nine rebounds. Christensen scored 18 and Ruether scored 16.

In the third quarter, Christensen scored 12 of his 18 points with great assists from Boyd.

"We give credit to Tonasket. It wasn't a lack of defense, we didn't rebound as well at some points, but for the most part we played good defense Tonasket was just on for offense," Johnson said.

Both teams were 17-for-23 on the free throw line.

"We felt fortunate to come out of there with a win and the kids are in a good position right now," Johnson said. "They have strung together a few wins and they are in a position to control their own destiny. Coach Boyd is coming back and it will be an exiting finish to the season."

Johnson said the league is tough this year and on any given night, any team can beat each other.

Head Coach Boyd continues to build up to full strength and will be coming back this week to some extent. Johnson said the coaching staff is happy he is getting better and stronger.

As far as coaching goes, Johnson said its been fun to be around the team.

"I'm familiar with what they run and what they do so Keith asked me to help out," he said. "It's been fun to be around the kids in a different setting for a short window of time. It's Boyd's program and he has an excellent staff its been fun to be involved."

The Bulldogs played against Cascade on Jan. 22 but results were unavailable at press time. This Saturday Cashmere heads to Okanogan, to play one of the top teams in the league.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.



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