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2/6/2013 3:30:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Tasha Kowatsch drives goes for a layin against the Chelan Goats on Jan. 29. The Bulldogs beat Chelan 50-46 in a close game.
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Senior Angela Knishka takes a jump shot against the Chelan Goats on Jan. 29. Knishka was recognized with three of her teammates before the game on senior night.
Girls basketball finishes third in league
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Cashmere girls basketball team (9-5, 11-9) finished the regular season in third place after beating Chelan (11-3, 15-4) the No. 2 team of the league, and losing to Brewster (13-1, 18-1), the No. 1 team in the league last week.

The Bulldogs hosted the Chelan Goats on Jan. 29 for their last home game of the regular season. The team recognized their four seniors for their participation in the program over the past four years. Seniors Angela Knishka, Kaylee Caudill, Erica Spanjer, and Ashton Weddle played their last league-home game of the season strong for the 50-46 win.

The last time these two teams matched up, Cashmere played tough defense holding the Goats to only 36 points. However, the baskets weren't falling in for the Bulldogs and they lost the game by five points.

Chelan started strong ending the first quarter with a six-point lead against Cashmere.

"Even though Chelan started stronger than us, the girls didn't get down," said Cashmere Head Coach Chris Cloakey. "They came out in the other quarters and played hard."

The second quarter was full of tough defense on both sides. Cashmere only scored eight points and Chelan scored seven points. The first half ended with the Goats still ahead 28-23.

After a few halftime adjustments, the Bulldogs came out in the second half of the game playing to win. Senior Caudill hit a jump shot early on in the third quarter and the team continued to make baskets to take the lead. Cashmere went 8-for-12 from the field and outscored Chelan 16-8. The third quarter ended with the Bulldogs taking the lead with an offensive rebound by Spanjer who put the ball in the hoop to make the score 39-36.

The Bulldogs continued their great offensive play with Caudill hitting a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. The Goats tried to get steals with a full court press but the Bulldogs made smart passes to break the press and get an easy basket.

In the last two minutes, Chelan put the Bulldogs to the free throw line three times to try and get the rebound and a fast break. This wasn't enough as the Bulldogs held a seven point lead with 10 seconds to go. Chelan hit a last minute shot finishing the game with Cashmere in the lead 50-46.

"It was a good win for us. The difference was in the shots. We made a good amount of shots and kept playing hard when we were behind," Cloakey said.

Spanjer added 11 points to the scoreboard, Caudill scored 10, and junior Mikayla Sites scored eight.

For the last game of the regular season, the Bulldogs hit the road to play against the No. 1 CTL team, Brewster.

The girls were ahead by one at half but started missing baskets in the second half due to fatigue.

"We just got tired," Cloakey said. "Some people consider Brewster one of the top teams in the state and we held with them the first half of the game, we just got tired."

Even though the first half of the game went well for the Bulldogs, the Bears held them to only scoring six points the second half for a 60-32 win.

Since Cashmere finished third in the CTL, they played Omak (3-11, 5-15) for the first round of districts on Feb. 5. Results were unavailable at press time. If the Bulldogs beat Omak, they will head to Spokane on Friday to play in the Bi-District Tournament. Cloakey said the first game in Spokane will be against the winner of the Freeman vs. Lakeside game.

"We are hopeful and know if we play our best we can beat most of these teams," Cloakey said. "The top five out of the seven highest ranked teams in the state are in this Bi-District Tournament but only three teams will move on."

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



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