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Thursday, January 29, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 ame wln z I I I ) ] L t / 3 I 3 ) 1 1 Cardinal girls controls own destiny in final four NEA games By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter Getting back to basics paid off for the Medical Lake girl's basketball team last week as the Cardinals ended a five-game losing streak with a 49-42 nonleague vic- tory at Omak last Saturday, Jan. 24. The downside of the good finish was part of that skid included a pair of Northeast A League home court losses, 4241 to Freeman last Tuesday and to Chewelah 48-28 last Friday. The Cardinals (3-6 Northeast A, 4-11 overall) continue to struggle on both offense and defense, but perhaps, the Omak win will pay dividends with four games remaining in league play. "We talked in pregame about getting back to our basics and focus on our strengths more," head coach Kyle Lundberg said. "We pushed the ball up the floor really well." From there shots started to fall and Medical Lake was able to use that momentum all game, an outing that produced the second-mos *l oints in a game this season. "It was a great game for our girls," Lundberg said. Bradyn Wegner and Cassidy Hagel each scored 13 points to lead the Cardinals at Omak (2-9) while Makayla Geiger added 10. The week started with a disappointing ending against Freeman(4-5, 4-11) where Sydney Sather's 3-point basket with 20 seconds to play provided the margin. Tuesday's game was back and forth game Lundberg said. "We made some good runs to get back into the game." Medical Lake had a chance to seal the game, up by two but had a defensive lapse and let Sather nail the 3 to give them the lead. continued from page 1 Medical Lake was hot from the start, outscoring the Cougars 18-7 in the opening quarter and led 4,3-19 at the break. "Our D was a little better, it's getting better," Brown said. A foggy trip to the Wagner went off for a game and season-high 22 points, including five 3- point baskets. "He had that rough week (losses to lake- side and Riverside) and didn't shoot very well and was down in the dumps," Brown said. "It was nice for him to get his shot back." Johnson, who scored "He's starting to be a little more consistent each night, about 15, 16, 17 (points) each night," Brown said. Stith's 11 points and nine rebounds left him just short of a double-double. Brown likenS his team and its recent success - they've won three car engine," Brown ex- plained. "You gotta' have this to make that work and that to make this work." The Cardinals hit the road this week with a game this past Tuesday at Deer Park (4-5, 6-9) and Friday meet Colville (1-8, 1-13) at 7:30 p.m. "We learned a lot from that game," Lundberg said. Hagel and Maleeka Wegner each had 10 points for Medical Lake. Facing Chewelah (6-3, 7-8), Medical Lake seemed to be within some kind of striking range at the half as they trailed 21-14 but the Cougars' 8-2 third quarter all but sealed it. "We really struggled to make shots that game," Lundberg said. "When you shoot under 20 percent, it's really hard to win." True to those slim field goal shooting numbers, Hagel topped Cardinal scorers with just nine points with Geiger adding seven. Medical Lake went into last week's games in a jumble of mid-pack teams in the NEA, but emerged closer to the bottom. But Lundberg hopes to parlay some of that Omak success into the final four games. "We still have a great chance to make the district playoffs," Lundberg said. "We need to take our mo- mentum from Saturday's game and keep it going." The ball is truly the Medical Lake court, Lundberg said. "We control our own destiny from here." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelmmy@cheneyfreepress. com. Okanogan Valley Saturday paid off in a win against the winless Caribou League Pioneers (0-10). 17 and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, had his most consistent week of the season. straight and four of their last five - to an auto- mobile. "It's kind of like a Paul Delaney ~T~ ~:~ ~~ l : l ~ ~ :~ can be reached at ~r~~r~od- ~{~~.~::~i: ::.~7~::~ pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. : : : :: :::, Wins hard to come by for Medical Lake wrestlers athletic accomplish- ments," Petersen said. The Cardinals met Cheney in a nonleague match this past Tuesday and will close out their dual meet competition tonight, Jan. 29 on Senior Night versus Riverside at 7 p.m. P l Delaney can be m_ache d at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Evan Peterson breezed to a 15-second pin at 106 pounds and Jackson Tappe- ro pinned his opponent in the 182-pound weight class in 2 minutes, 15 seconds, but that was the extent of things for Medical Lake wrestlers who lost their Northeast A League match 70-12 at Lakeside, Jan. 22. "Both were really ag- gressive and did a great job," Cardinals head coach Sam Petersen said. Medical Lake got good news, however, off the mats as both Tappero and Ian O'Brien have been nominated for all- academic state honors. To qualify, a wrestler has to be an upperclass- man with a winning re- cord with a grade point average above 3.0. Both wrestlers are seniors with Tappero sporting a 3.874 GPA and O'Brien, who wrestles at 285 pounds, has earned has a 3.568. 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After all, he did have access to the rooms where the NCAA's na- tional championship trophy was kept, even staying so long as to pose for selfies. If he didn't do it, I suspect he's in cahoots with the Patriots attendant, at the very least. There are many questions in this whole, sordid, stupid affair that need answering. One of them was ven- tured by analyst and former wide receiver Cris Carter during NFL Network's Monday night Super Bowl show -- which is if a Colts defensive back noticed during the game that one of the Patriots' footballs felt mushy, wouldn't others have noticed too. In Carter's words, if he had felt something like that during his playing days, he would have brought it to the coach's attention that the footballs appeared under-inflated. Wheth- sears HOMETOWN STORE LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED By Roberta & Keith Brannon Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-6:30 pro. Sat. 9:00 am--6:00 pm Sun. 11:00 am-4:00 pm 10 W. 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