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2/1/2013 2:52:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Jordan Christensen pops the 3-pointer in the game against the Kodiaks last week. Christensen scored eight points and played solid defense to help the Bulldogs win 69-25.
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Junior Dylan Boyd takes the layup against a Cascade defender. Last week Boyd scored a total of 43 points over the course of two games.
Cashmere defense dominates in lopsided win
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

To continue their winning streak the Cashmere boys basketball team (9-3, 12-6) beat rival Cascade (2-9, 4-14) at a home game on Jan. 22 holding them to only 25 points.

For Keith Boyd's first game back after being laid up due to a ruptured appendix, he said he couldn't have been happier with the way the Bulldogs played against the Kodiaks.

"It was the best defensive effort I have ever seen this team play," he said. "We wanted to take their options away and that is exactly what we did."

In the beginning of the first quarter, both teams played patient offensive waiting for a clear spot to open before taking the shot. With three minutes left the Bulldogs were up 7-6. The Bulldogs, who played inspired according to senior Jordan Christensen, held Cascade to six for the rest of the first quarter and added 14 points to the scoreboard.

This pattern continued for the rest of the game. Cashmere won their sixth league game in a row 69-25.

"We had 24 assists as a team and I really felt that was key. We played really well together and made the extra pass to get good looks at the basket," Boyd said.

Dylan Boyd led the team with 14 points, five assists and four steals. Junior Casey Ruether added 11 to the scoreboard and had seven rebounds and six assists. Six-foot-6 Connor Badgley crashed the boards for seven rebounds and had 10 points.

Christensen scored eight and had five assists and senior Coleman McElroy scored nine points.

Earlier in the season the Bulldogs gave Okanogan (10-1, 17-1) their only loss of the season. On Jan. 26, the team was unsuccessful on the road against Okanogan losing 88-75.

"We have always struggled up there and last night was no exception," Boyd said.

The Cashmere Bulldogs were off to a good start halfway through the first quarter when they had a seven point lead on Okanogan. However, near the end of the quarter the northern Bulldogs went on a run to leave the first quarter with a 16-16 tie.

After halftime, Cashmere was down by five but Boyd said the team felt good about how they were playing. Okanogan continued to outplay Cashmere and outscored them 29-20 in the third quarter. Cashmere was unable to make up the points they gave away and lost in a hard fought game.

"One of our goals is to control the interior play in the paint and the bottom line is we gave up 88 points. We just gave up too many baskets," Boyd said. "All of but 10 points were basket conversions inside the paint. We definitely lost from giving them to many easy, close baskets."

Boyd led the team again with 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Ruether scored 10 points, and had five rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Mason Elliott scored 13.

"We have to stay optimistic. It's time to flush out the lost and move on to the next game," Boyd said. "Okanogan is a really good basketball team and I wouldn't be surprised if we play them again in the playoffs."

Cashmere hosted a game against Chelan on Jan. 29 but results were unavailable at press time. The Bulldogs will hit the road Jan. 31 to finish the regular season against the Brewster Bears (8-4, 12-5). Last time Cashmere and Brewster played each other Cashmere won by 5. The game will follow the girls varsity game which starts at 6 p.m.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or

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