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Thursday, February 7, 2013 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 win over VIS Ing By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney girls' basketball team found out last week that when you take care of the ball, and you don't foul, you're likely to end up in the win column. The Lady Hawks committed 26 tumovers and 18 fouls last Tuesday at East Valley. Result: A 64-40 Knights' win. Thursday Cheney turned the ball over 12 times and committed just nine fouls against visiting Colville. Result: A big 50-45 Lady Hawks win. "That's what we need to key on, taking care of the ball," head coach Jennifer Harmer said. Tuesday the Lady Hawks took a hard-fought 28-27 lead over the third- place Knights (7-4,13-6) with them into the halftime locker room. Trouble was that's where that lead stayed as the Knights outscored Cheney 37-12 in the final 16 minutes, with 16 of Cheney's 26 turnovers playing a contributing role. Coreen Labish led all scorers with 19 points - East Valley had nobody in double digits, but 10 players scoring between 4-9 points - while hauling down nine rebounds and 10 blocks. Hawk~ Box I 2 3 4 Flul Colvtlle 8 17 11 9 45 Cheney 8 9 "" t8 13 S0 Brown 19. Sheffals 4, Labish 12, Btophy 2, Morton 4, McOowell 2, Lemelin 7 t 2 3 4 Final Cheney ~t3154 S 4O EastVab~ 12 152O t7 64 Cone 0, Brown 5, Sheffels 7. Latcsh 'tg, Bropky 5. Morton0. McDowdl 0, Lemelin 4. Chae Brown's offensive rebound put back and free throw with 14.3 second Photo by John McCallum sleft in the quarter, and while Colville's Cheney's Samantha Sheffels (left) and McKenna Cabbage's layin with 6.5 Megan McDowel] (right) battle Colville's seconds regained it for the Indians, it McKenna Cabbage for the ball. didn't last long. Brown made two free throws to Samantha Sheffels had seven points make' it 37-38 at the 6:50 mark in the and seven rebounds. Cheney shot 48.5 fourth and 47 seconds later stole the percent from the field and was just 5 ball to put Cheney up 39-38. Brown for 8 from the free throw line.stole the ball on Colville's subsequent Thursday the Lady Hawks had possession, with Kayla Lemelin mak- good looks at the basket in the first ing one of two free throws for a two- half, but couldn't get anything to drop, point margin, followed by Shyann failing behind 25-17 at the break with Morton's offensive rebound put back the fourth-place Indians (5-6, 9-10). In making it 42-38. the second half, it was a different story Cheney eventually stretched its as both teams matched their combined lead to 47-40 on Labish's 3 with 2:55 to first quarter offensive output - 16 play, and after Colville's Megan Lee points - in the first two-plus minutes made it 48-45 at the 2:02 mark, the Lady of the third. Hawks' defense kept the Indians off the scoreboard the rest of the way, Lemelin hitting a pair of free throws with 1.2 remaining to seal the win. Brown led all scorers with 19 points, several off her nine steals, while nab- bing nine rebounds. Labish had 12 points to go with nine boards and five blocks. Cheney was 18 for 35 overall from the field, 51.4 percent, and 13 for 20, 65 percent, from the line. Harmer attributed the Lady Hawks success Thursday to better defense, switching from their match-up zone to straight man-to-man. She also said they had a renewed focus. "They played with a sense of ur- gency," she said. Cheney is 4-7 in Great Northern League play, 7-11 overall, and pretty much locked into the No. 5 playoff seed regardless of what happens in the final week of league play. Cheney closes the regular season tonight (Thursday) at home against sixth-place Clarkston (2- 8, 4-14). The only question for the Lady Hawks is whom they play: Colville or East Valley. "We're most likely hitting the road," Harmer said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@chenevfreepress.com. Blackhawk boys earn third place at district swimming meet By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney boys swimming team saved their best efforts for last - and for four of them, hopefully there's more to give. The Blackhawks turned in their best times this season in placing third overall among 2A classification schools at the 2A/3A/ 4A District meet last Friday and Saturday at Central Washington University's pool in El- Contributed photo by RobNadeau time of 2 minutes, 3.02 The Cheney boys' 40e-yard freestyle relay team poses seconds and took sec- "They had great, great swims. All is a chance Cheney will add to its state con- the races were really good." tingent once district Cheney head coach Jennifer Hochwalt meets are concluded in Western Washing- will continue to drop at 3:46.02. ton this weekend. For state competition two Other Cheney swim- now, the Blackhawks weeks away at the King mers competing in the will go through end of County Aquatics Center finals were Steele, plac- season reviews, with in Federal Way. ing fourth in the 200 free those looking at a trip Nadeau will be the (2:03.02) and fifth in the to Federal Way likely lone Cheney swimmer 500 free (5:39.80); Boyle increasing their pool in individual events, fifth in the 50 free (25.51) yardage in order to not The sophomore swam to and sixth in the 100 lose any stamina during victory in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:10.87); the two week layoff. individual medley in a and Edwards eighth in ] 0 h n M c C a l - the 200 IM (2:31.90). lum can be reached at The 200 medley team mac@cheneyfreepress.com. Friday but also again on Saturday in scoring heats. "They had great, lensburg. Head coach with their second-place ribbons alongside the district ond in the 100 butterfly Jennifer Hochwalt said champion team from West Valley-Yakima. The team, in 59.87, going below 1 every Cheney swim- who earned a trip to the state meet in two weeks, are minute for the first time met dried times in pictured clockwise from left: Nick Steele, Chris Boyle, this season. thor ev~h~tSitqi~ost not Jeff Edwards and Scott Nadeau. Nadeau teamed with o~y in preliminariesgreat swims," HochwaltScott Nadeau, Nick Steele, Boyle and Ed- wards for a second place said. "All the races were Steele, Chris Boyle and finish in the 400 free- really good." Jeff Edwards, the hope style relay, coming in at And for swimmers is now that their times Cheney boys continued from page 1 from beyond the arc while East Valley went 34 and 13 percent re- spectively. Cheney committed just seven turnovers to the Knights' 18, and went 10 for 11 from the line. What kept EV in the game was a 17-for-21 effort from the charity stripe, Soter said. "It still felt like one of those games where we were in control," he added. Thursday the visit- ing Indians (4-7, 8-11) were without two of their best playeks, 6- foot, 9-inch Division I college prospect Matt Hubbard, a junior, and senior guard Jay Shoe- maker. Soter said their absence wasn't all that much of a factor since the Blackhawks' game plan was to defensively bring Hubbard out of the key and limit Colville to outside shooting, some- thing they did anyway. The Blackhawks never trailed, taking a 36-24 lead into halftime and blowing the game open with a 19-5 run in first 5 minutes, 25 sec- onds of the third quar- ter. Cheney shot 55 percent from the field, 71.4 percent from the line and 60 percent from 3-point range. Igbinoba had 15 points as did sophomore guard Alex Berman, including three 3s in the second half, while H.D. Wyborney add- ed 11. Cheney committed 12 turnovers to Colville's nine, but had a season-high 20 assists. "That's the best we've moved the ball around all year," Soter said. The wins move Cheney to 6-5 in Great Northern League play, fourth, and 10- 9 overall with one game re- maining, Thursday's home finale - Senior Night- with third-place Clarkston (6-4, 12-6). Soter said the Black- hawks were out-hustled in a 55-42 loss to the Bantams H~'BoX 1 2 3 4 FInil Cheney 14 14 t4 17 59 E~t ~]ey i3 14 ti tO 48 Petropou!os t0, Hardtng 5, Berm~ 6, tgbinoba 23, Wiliiam~ 01 H Wybomey 4, Berstler 5; G~by8 Chen~ ~ 16 19 78 Grahafn 0; Pe~poulos 8, Harding 3, ,Be{! man I5, ]gb~noba 15~ Rehman 5, Williams 9, H Wy~ey lti Betst)er 2, O. Wybomey 5, Gamby 5 Jan. 18, and believes they have a better game com- ing. Depending on the outcome of Clarkston's game Tuesday with sec- ond-place West Valley (6-4, 13-5) a Blackhawks win could open any num- ber of scenarios moving them up in playoff posi- tion, possibly as high as No. 2 and accompanying first-round bye. More likely it could determine Cheney's bracketing, and how far they might have to travel should they advance past the loser-out round. "It's a huge game, just to put us in the best spot to be in," Soter said. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. CHS wrestling continued from page 1 Rowe (160) lost against East Valley's Anddrew Junior Tom Trude Allen in the battle for (138) narrowly missed a fifth place. fifth place finish. Recov- Freshman Michael ering from a first-match Ferguson (182) came close loss against Clarkston, to taking fifth place in his he went on to defeat East weight class, but fell Valley, Cheneyteammate short against Colville's Billy Bakke and Colville Brock Vanquekelberg. before his 15-7 loss to James Eik can be reached Clarkston. at james@chenevfreepress. Likewise, junior Ben com. of Caleb Prophet, Joe Scott, Edwards and Axel O'Neal was fifth in 2:09.58. while the 200 , free team of Scott, Kit Foster, Boyle and Steele also placed fifth in the 1:41.11. Hochwalt said Proph- et had the largest drops in time at Ellensburg for Cheney, shaving five seconds off his time in the 100 butterfly and 15 seconds off his previ- ous 200 IM mark. Scott, Steele and Boyle also made significant drops in their events. Cheney finished be- hind Pullman and 2A district champion West Valley-Yakima. Hochwalt said there Got a story or feature idea? Contact John McCallum at imac~chenevfreepress.com or 235-6184. 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