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Thursday, January 22, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 |m Photo by Paul Delaney Medical Lake's Spirit Game hero, Cory Wagner, gets quiet congratu- lations from assistant coach Justin Blayne. By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter The stages were significantly dif- ferent. But the parallels were indeed strikingly similar. Between Medical Lake's Golden Feather Spirit Game win over Cheney and the Seattle Seahawks' 28-22 over- time victory in the NFC title game versus Green Bay last Sunday, the two contests featured head-turning comebacks by the home team that will be remembered for years. Last Wednesday night, heading into the fourth quarter and trailing 29-19, the Medical Lake Cardinals were given up for dead by some of their followers who jammed the gym on Baker Street. And not long into the final period it got worse as the Cards trailed the Blackhawks by 14 points, 33-19 with 5 minutes, i 117 seconds to play ~~~" ~ Then Sunday at ~~_:)isometime s sunny, ~~~ most times rainy, and unusually quiet CenturyLink Field, . the Seahawks, too, were given up for dead. The Seattle offense was sterile, but the defense stellar as usual. They stopped the Packers three times in the red zone, one on a Richard Sherman interception and twice ending in Ma- son Crosby field goals. A great trade points-wise all things considered. Fast forward through more futil- ity with the Seahawks trailing 19-7 with 5:03 to play, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted for the fourth time, this one by Packers' safety, Morgan Burnett. That did it for some of the high- roller 12s who exited the debacle in need of the nearest corner painkiller establishment. But in each case, as the seconds clicked away, both the Cardinals and Seahawks caught fire. A 17-2 run over the final five minutes by Medical Lake, capped by jersey No. 3, Cory Wagner's 20-foot jumper from the left wing that swished through the net with a single second left powered the Cardinals past the rival Blackhawks. "That felt great, no pressure at all," Wagner said as he emerged from a crowd of well-wishers and after a cel- ebratory ride around the gym on the shoulders of Medical Lake students. "I See Crunch Time page 4 II Wagner's lastsecond basket rallies Medical Lake past Cheney 36-35 Photo by Paul Delaney Cheney's Brett Wyborney gets ganged up on by Medical Lake defenders Dora Harvey-Mitchell (33) Dylan Rushfeldt (5), Armondo Gomez (22) and Tellas Johnson (20) early in last Wednesday's Golden Feather Spirit Game, won by the Cardinals, ,36-35 on a last-second shot by Cory Wagner. By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake got the victory they wanted, but not the wins they needed most last week. The Cardinals lost a pair of North- east A League games 57-52 at home to Lakeside last Tuesday and 54-43 at Riverside Friday, and their grip on a piece of the league lead they had going into the week. But last Wednesday night Medical Lake rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final quarter to stun Cheney 36-35 in the Golden Feather Spirit Game on Cory Wagner's last-second basket. "We enjoyed the week, took our two lumps and now we have to get back to work," Medical Lake head coach Arnold Brown said. Wagner, like his Cardinal teammates had struggled all night in the Spirit Game. The junior guard ended up with just eight points on the night. His team scored just nine points in the first half. Cheney led from the early going in a raggedly played contest on a basket by Riley Jones with 6 minutes and 25 sec- onds remaining in the first quarter and never trailed, until the final second. After Cheney (4-10) built their lead to 33-19 with 5:17 to play, a 15-2 Medical Lake run, ignited by five-straight points from TeUas Johnsonand the team's one and See Cards win page 3 wln Photo by Paul Delaney Cheney's Kendyl Cone drives to the basket past Medical Lake defenders Bradyn Wegner (left) and Glori Cheevers (right). Cone led all scores in the game with 11 points. By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Despite a cold shoot- ing night, the Cheney High School girls' bas- ketball team found a way to take control of the annual Golden Feather Spirit Game at Medical Lake. With the basketball not fall- ing through the net as hoped, the Lady Black- hawks just kept shoot- ing, and found their way to a 30-22 win over the Lady Cardinals. "I thought we would play better, but that's OK," Cheney head coach Shannon Root said of the controlled chaos of the spirit game. The Lady Cardinals made up for the goose egg they laid in the first quarter by outscoring Cheney 12-7 in the second to trail by one at hall 13- 12. But even with a phan- tom lid on the basket, Root said she encouraged her girls to keep shooting anyway, which they did in outscoring Medical Lake 17-10 in the second half for the win. "We were not shoot- ing the way we normally do," Root said. "I'm just glad to get a win out of it." Cheney was 28 per- cent from 2-point range and 10 percent from 3, while ML was 20 percent and12 percent. Cheney's Kendyl Cone led all scor- ers with 11 points while Kayla Lemelin added seven. Both teams were pret- ty even in the rebounding battle, with Cheney's 24 defensive boards two more than ML's while both teams snagged 12 rebounds off the offen- sive glass. What helped the Lady Blackhawks were the turnovers, with Cheney committing 13 to ML's 20. Cheney also had 12 steals, using defense to lead to offense at times. The Lady Black- hawks shooting struggles plagued them two nights later at home against Great Northern League rival East Valley. After trailing by just five at half, Cheney was outscored 16-4 in what proved to be a decisive third quarter. The Lady Blackhawks regained their offensive rhythm in the fourth, thanks to implementing a nearly full-court press, but the hole was too deep. The Knights eventually hung on for the 50-38 win. East Valley outshot Cheney 43 percent to 23 percent from 2-point range, but the Lady Black- hawks were much better beyond the arc, shooting See Lady Blackhawks page 2 mento hand ern women first Big Sky loss EWU's seven game winning streak snapped with first Big Sky loss By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Any number of things might have played a ma- jor part in Sacramento State handing Eastern Washington its first Big Sky Conference home court loss of the sea- son. But a couple of sta- tistical categories seem to really tell the story in the Hornets' 73-67 Reese Court win last Saturday afternoon. Eastern com- mitted a season-high 28 turnovers that led to a 30-10 Sac State edge in points. The loss also end- ed the Eagles seven- game winning streak and dropped them into "That game came down to which team was able to make more plays at the end." EWU head coach Wendy Schuller second place with a 4-1 conference record (11-5 overall) as they head out on the road for the next two weekends. The seven victories were the longest since Eastern won the 2009-10 Big Sky regular season title. Eastern earned a split in their brief homestand by pounding Portland State 101-54 last Thurs- day. After trailing 33-30 at the half, the Eagles went on a 14-2 run that put them up 60-50 with just under 10 minutes to play. Eastern still led 65-60 with 3 minutes, 52 seconds to play. A 5-0 Sac State run tied the game at 65-65 before Hayley Hodgins's pair of free throws with 1:46 to play gave Eastern its final lead. The Hornets closed out the game with an 8-0 run. "That game came down to which team was able to make more plays at the end," EWU head coach Wendy Schuller said. "They had some kids step up and make some big shots and we missed some shots that we should hit." Hodgins led all scor- ers with 27 points while sister, freshman Delaney Hodgins collected her second career double- double, with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Melissa Williams also had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Takara Burse's 20 points led the Hornets. See EWU women page 4