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2/13/2013 2:44:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Junior Dylan Boyd drives the ball past a Chelan defender on Feb. 29 at a home game. This Friday, the Bulldogs face Chelan for the third time this season. If Cashmere wins, they will move on in the Bi-District Tournament, but if they lose, their season is over.
Bulldogs beat Medical Lake to stay alive in playoffs
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Cashmere boys basketball team will continue to play in the post-season this weekend after losing in double overtime to Lakeside and beating Medical Lake in the first weekend of 1A Bi-Districts.

The Bulldogs placed second in the Caribou Trail League which automatically put them into the Bi-District Tournament. The first game of the Bi-District Tournament was on Feb. 8 at West Valley High School, where Cashmere went up against Lakeside.

The Bulldogs played hard against their opponents but found themselves behind in the fourth quarter. Knowing they needed to start scoring to go for the win, Cashmere went on a nine point streak in two minutes to move the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Bulldogs once again let Lakeside pull ahead. Cashmere was down by six with less than two minutes remaining but went on another streak to tie up the game. Junior Casey Ruether drove the ball in with 19 seconds left to get a layup for the tie.

"The kids played really hard," said Cashmere Head Coach Keith Boyd. "The effort was there and everything seemed to be just fine but we just didn't shoot the ball very well."

By this time in the game Cashmere had two of their starting players on the bench unable to play due to fouls. Senior Coleman McElroy fouled out in the fourth quarter and junior Dylan Boyd fouled out in the first overtime.

The team ran out of energy in the second overtime when Lakeside hit two 3-pointers and six free throws leaving the ending score with the Bulldogs down 79-72.

"If we would have had an average shooting night, I think we would have had no problem with that game we just had an off night and that happens sometimes," Boyd said.

Ruether had a total of 20 points, playing big for Cashmere when they needed him to step up with two starters on the bench.

Boyd said Connor Badgley, junior, and sophomore Cooper Green, were two key players to come off the bench and help when the starters got in foul trouble.

With the loss against Lakeside, the Bulldogs faced Medical Lake on Feb. 9 in a loser-out contest at West Valley High School. In one of their best games of the 2012-2013 season, the Bulldogs beat Medical Lake 74-45 to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

"The kids weren't ready to call it quits just yet," Boyd said. "We came out and played rock solid on Saturday night. We went from struggling to shooting the ball on Friday night to shooting the ball very well on Saturday night. It was really the difference."

Earlier in the season, Boyd said the boys play their best when they play together. Cashmere once again showed a great team effort with 21 assists. They also out-rebounded Medical Lake 47-18.

"Both nights, the kids played hard and with great effort," Boyd said. "But we had great shooting against Medical Lake, something that just wasn't happening the night before."

In his highest scoring game of the season, senior and captain Jordan Christensen hit five 3-pointers and had a total of 25 points. Boyd scored 16 points and had 11 assists. Boyd said Christensen led the team with great perimeter shots.

Cashmere will continue playing in the 1A Bi-District Tournament this Friday when they play against Chelan at Omak High School. This will be the third time this season the Bulldogs face the Goats. In the first match up, Cashmere lost to by two points to a buzzer shot. The second time around the Bulldogs beat Chelan by eight points.

"It will be a battle," Boyd said. "Both teams are pretty even. Losing that double overtime against Lakeside put us in this spot and hopefully we can put it together and get it done this weekend to continue playing." If the Bulldogs beat the Goats, they would play again on Saturday in Omak against either Lakeside or Chewelah, with a trip to Regionals on the line.

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

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