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Thursday, February 3, 2011 Free Press Section 3 Page 3 Lady Hawks will need to be road warriors for their playoff run By JOHN McCALLUM Editor One thing is certain about the coming post season for the Cheney girls' basketball team - they'll be on the road. The Lady Hawks lost any chance of moving up from the Great Northern League's fifth seed to a No. 4 slot and opening round home game with two losses in three home games last week. Cheney lost a pair of games to teams ahead of them in the standings, 51-42 to second-place Pullman Tuesday and 59-45 to third place West Valley Friday, but finished the week with a 56-44 home-finale win over Medical Lake Saturday. Free throws proved to be the Lady Hawks un- doing Tuesday against the Greyhounds. It wasn't that they missed many, but rather they didn't have many to miss, going to the line just four times compared with Pullman's 24 attempts. "That is what killed us," Cheney head coach Jennifer Harmer said. "We got ourselves in foul trouble and kept sending them to the line." Case in point was Pullman's Shelby Cheslek. The 6-foot-6-inch senior center is hard enough to handle from the field but the Lady Hawks sent her to the line eight times where she scored seven of her game high 19 points, with Cierra Paul add- ing 12. Juniors Destinee Lake and Mandy McDowell led Cheney with 10 points each. The Lady Hawks struggled shooting, hitting just 25 percent from the field and less than 10 percent from 3-point range. Cheney committed 18 turnovers and was out re- bounded 40 to 26, with Mikayla Vergo leading the team with seven boards. The Lady Hawks undoing came from the West Valley bench in the form of Shaniqua Nilles. The 6-foot senior post starter, committed to play col- lege ball at Gonzaga, has been sidelined most of CHS boys continued from page 1 traffic and was called for double dribble with five seconds re- maining and smothering defense forced Bagby's wild 3-pointer at the buzzer that fell short. In overtime Cheney took a 59-58 lead on a Skillingstad free throw only to have a West Valley bucket give them the lead with one minute to play. Moore-Young hit a pair of free throws putting Photo by John McCallum Cheney post Laikyn Brophy looks for an opening to the basket between West Valley's Jenae Martin (12) and Katie Welch (13). January with mononucleosis and in her first game back Friday came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points. "We psyche ourselves out when Nilles is in the game," Harmer said. "It is a mental breakdown we have that we have to continue to work at pre- venting." Nilles presence began to be felt towards the end of the second quarter where she scored seven of Cheney up 61-60 with 25 seconds, but after an Eagles time out, Bagby executed a nice crossover move for a lay up and 62-61 lead with 11 seconds. Cheney called time and set up a play, with Moore-Young driving down the right side of the key for a pull up jumper from about eight feet that came up just short and West Valley escaped with the win. "We had what we wanted," Eagles host former Big Sky rival Cal Northridge in BracketBuster game FROM STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS The Eastern Washington University men's basketball team will host former Big Sky Conference rival Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7:05 p.m. as part of the ESPN BracketBusters series. The Matadors, who were a member of the Big Sky Conference from the 1996-97 to 2000-01 school years, are currently 8-13 overall and 5-3 in the Big West Conference. Both the Eagles and the Matadors have one common opponent, Seattle University. Eastern split a pair of games, winning 95-91 in Cheney and losing 60-51 in Seattle. CalState Northridge lost twice to the Redhawks, 65-58 in Seattle and 75-68 in Northridge. Eastern is 10-7 all-time against Northridge, including a 5-2 record at Reese Court. The two teams met twice in the Big Sky Conference Tournament, with Eastern losing 104-98 in overtime in the quarterfinals in 1998 in Flagstaff, Ariz., and then losing to the Matadors 73-58 in the title game in 2001 in Northridge, Calif. ESPN's BracketBusters features games between mid-major confer- ences. The idea was to give these schools more exposure to national audiences than they would otherwise get, and boost their chances of being selected for the NCAA Tournament. The original bracket buster term refers to a team, usually a mid- major school, which upsets a highly-ranked team that is headed to the NCAA basketball tournament. her team's 10 points - including one 3-pointer - in just over a minute's time to turn a 20-17 Cheney lead into a 27-20 West Valley advantage. The Lady Hawks eventually whittled their nine-point halftime deficit to four at 34-30 late in the third quarter, but could get no closer. Laikyn Brophy led Cheney with 16 points with Allie Brown, coming off an ankle injury, adding 10 points to go with eight rebounds. Cheney shot 33 percent from the field; committed 18 turnovers and was out rebounded 27 to 24. The Lady Hawks shot 13 free throws to West Valley's 28, with many of those coming late in the fourth as Cheney was forced to foul. The Lady Hawks rebounded 24 hours later to snap a three-game losing streak dating back to the Jan. 21 Clarkston loss by downing Medical Lake 56-44 on Senior Night. After a slow start Cheney took control of the game in the third quarter, thanks to Lake's offense. The junior guard scored 12 straight points to lead Cheney's 24-point effort and the Lady Hawks hung on for the win. Brown led Cheney with a double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds while Lake poured in 15 points to go with five steals and four assists. Cheney shot 33 percent from the field, out re - bounded Medical Lake 44 to 29 and committed a season low eight turnovers on an evening that was both cancer awareness and senior night. "We managed to maintain our focus and pull out a victory for our seniors," Harmer said. At 4-6 in league and 8-9 overall the Lady Hawks are awaiting the outcome of several games this week to determine who they play in the open- ing round of the playoffs. Cheney traveled to East Valley (7-3,11-7) Tuesday and finishes the regular season Thursday at Deer Park (1-9, 5-13). The Knights are tied with West Valley (7-3, 14-4) for third and end the regular season at first- place Clarkston Thursday while the Eagles travel to Medical Lake and host Pullman (8-3, 10-8) in their finale. East Valley beat West Valley on Jan. 14. Who beats who among these three teams, with Cheney possibly playing the spoiler, will determine where the Lady Hawks open their post season. John McCallum can be reac, hed at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Fitzgerald said. "We had our best ball handler with the ball and he had a good look at the basket. It's just one where we hope we get another crack at them and we hope we play as well." Eric Igbinoba led Cheney with 16 point s , with Moore-Young adding 14 along with six re- bounds and two assists. Franklin also had six rebounds to go with three assists and Shakur Smith added five rebounds and three Meals. Cheney shot 35 percent from the field and was better at the line, 56.6 percent. Saturday against the visit- ing Cardinals on Senior Night the Blackhawks started slow, missing easy close shots in the first quarter while Medical Lake built a sevenpoint lead by hit- ting three of their game-high seven 3-pointers in the frame. But again Cheney used their defen- sive pressure to find their focus and rhythm, forcing 18 Cardinal turnovers and outscoring Medi- cal Lake 49-30 over the final three quarters for the win. Skillingstad was the only Blackhawk in double figures with 16 points while Moore-Young had 14 rebounds to go with eight points and Day knocking down seven points and grabbing seven rebounds. Cheney shot 41 per- cent from the field, 42 percent from the line and committed 12 tumovers. Cheney (5-5, 11-7) began this week with a one-game lead over East Valley (4-6, 11-7) in the race for the No. 4 Great Northern League playoff seed. The Black- hawks control their destiny as a win Tuesday night at East Valley would lock up the seed and an opening-round home game. A loss and Cheney would need to win tonight (Thursday) at last-place Deer Park and hope for a Knights loss on the road at second-place Clarkston. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. CHS wrestling continued from page 1 group in the 119-152 weight After a double forfeit at 135 Cheney closed its scoring with wins in the next three matches, Huckins' 8-2 decision over Cody Parker at 140 and falls by Mauzay and Mason at 145 and 152 over Dylan Wheeler and Tyler Murray. Medical Lake rebounded with wins in class range, along with some upper weights, and Schlotter thinks that experience works to the advantage of the Black- hawks younger wrestlers. "The other kids kind of feed off that core group," he said. With the regular season done Cheney now heads to District 7 competition this Friday and the final two matches: Dean Saturday at West Valley High Petersen by fall at 160 and Tim ; ooI in Spokane, As long as Haynes by 12-0 major decision they stays healthy Schlotter over Empert at 171. Overall, Schlotter was pleased with how his team wrestled last week. The Black- hawks have been forced to make roster changes at several classifications for a variety of reasons this season, and last week's action provided an op- portunity for some junior varsi- ty wrestlers to get a little varsity experience. Cheney still has a solid core thinks they have a good chance in the field. While undefeated and defending state champion Deer Park is still the team to beat, Schlotter thinks the Black- hawks as a whole are right there with second-place East Valley. "I think we're a little bit bet- ter since we wrestled East Val- ley in the dual and I hope our kids feel that," he added. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Choices, when you I IIin II II them most. Eastern football banquet is Feb. 13 The annual Eastern Washington University Football Awards Banquet will take place Sunday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Pence Union Building Multipurpose Room on the EWU campus in Cheney. Cost is $30 per person, and the event includes dinner and video productions with highlights from the 2010 season. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 509-359-2463. The deadline is Feb. 11 and no walk-ups will be accepted. Kellerman tops volleyball awards Several members of the Eastern Washington University volleyball team were recognized by teammates and coaches at the team banquet held last Friday. Two awards went to junior Cora Kellerman, who actually redshirted the 2010 season. KeUerman was sidelined for the year due to a rare case of a heart condition called atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia. Keilerman was recognized by her teammates with the Most Inspira- tional Player and Teammate of the Year awards. Senior Chenoa Coviare was selected as the Most Valuable Player. Fel- low senior Jacque Brown was honored with the Eagle Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities valued by the team as a whole. This award is selected by the coaching staff. The award for Most Improved Player was given to redshirt-fresh- man Ashley Wright. Eagle baseball clinic set for Feb. 21 The 15th annual Eastern Washington University Eagle Baseball Clinic for grades 3-8 will be held Monday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Sports and Recreation Center. Clinic fee is $40 and includes lunch and a camp shirt. Further information is available by calling (907) 401-0577 or online at: ewu.edu/campusrec. We can help with flexible ways to pay your energy bill. Today, more and more families are concerned about keeping up with expenses in a difficult economy. 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