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Thursday, February 12, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 Playoffs assured for Medical Lake; will meet Riverside at Freeman, Feb. 12 in tiebreaker By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Medical Lake boys" basketball team seemed to learn a lesson last week. As they chased after trying to earn a first-place tie in the Northeast A League standings, leaving things to the last minute, or in this case, the last week, does not pay off: The Cardinals (10-3 NEA, 14-5 overall) split their games last week, beating Newport 66-50 at home before falling at co-leader Lakeside 74-59 Friday in Suncrest. "You gotta' win early at home so you don't have to go to someone else's gym and try to make it happen," Medical Lake head coach Arnold Brown said. The Cardinals lost to the Eagles 57-52, Jan. 13. Lakeside (11-2, 16-3) was playing on Senior Night and that played into the Eagles' success Brown said, "It was their Senior Night and they had a lot of energy flying around," Brown said. "Obviously they knew what was at stake and played with a lot of emotion the whole night." The Eagles had just a 16-12 lead after the first quarter Friday, but they took advantage of the foul trouble Medical Lake found itself in in the second quarter and raced to a 22-8 advantage in the period and led 38-20 at the half. "We had some foul trouble, Tellas (Johnson) and Donte (Brown) both had three fouls in the second quarter," Brown said. "We had to sit them out." Medical Lake, which got a game-high 24 points from Johnson, came out of the locker room on a mission, outscoring Lakeside 24-18, cutting into the lead, but cer- tainly not enough. Jaelon Stith added 11, the only other CardinaI in double- figures. Ryan Quigley led the Eagles with 20 points. "We came out hard in the third quarter and picked up the pressure, but obviously the foul situation limits some of that," Brown said. The rebounding again was an issue, Brown said. "Second shots, they pounded us on the boards again." Medical Lake got it back to a seven-point game but never came any closer. Against Newport (5-8,10-9) on Tuesday, Medical Lake got a big night from Stith who had a game-high 24 points, while Johnson added 10. "Jaelon had a monster half with 20 or something (points)," Brown said. Medical Lake breezed to a 39-24 first half lead. "We moved the ball well," Brown said. "Cole (Soliday) gave us some big spark off the bench," adding eight points. The Cardinals wrapped up their regular season this past Tuesday, Feb. 10 against Riverside (11-2, 16-3) another team they have been chasing in the standings. Brown hopes their Senior Night will pro- vide some impetus in iiiF!iii~iil what was a very pivotal contest with big playoff ramifications. "If we win Tuesday we have to turn around and play them again Thursday," Brown said. That's a battle not only for second place but also a first, round bye in the playoffs. Should the Cards not beat the Rams Tuesday, their next game would be on Saturday. "We'll prob- ably get familiar with Riv- erside in the next couple of days," Brown said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. Win over Newport earns Medical Lake playoff berth Win over Riverside would net Cardinals home game Feb. 13 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Medical Lake girls' basketball team completed the final part of their regu- lar-season recipe, earning a return to the playoffs with a victory last Tuesday. Now they hope to sweeten things and be able to host a home game in the Northeast A League playoffs. Their 41-34 win Feb. 3 at home over Newport said. (3-10 NEA, 4-15 overall) clinched the playoff berth. The Cardinals (5-8, 6-13) got chewed up 55-20 at league-leading Lakeside 03-0, 18-1)!a t Friday . They closed out the six to ional wrestling this week we clean a few things up." Jackson Tappero was fifth at 182 and team- mate Brandon Satcher sixth at the same weight as the two met in the round. The two met earlier, too. Bodhi Forbes was fifth at 120-pounds while Hudson Petek was sixth at 160. The alternates are E ean Peterson at 106 and 152-pounder Justin Brundage. "This is a time to be wrestling your best and for us this is as good as we've wrestled all year," Petersen said. The top four finishers in each weight move on to state next week in Tacoma. Team-wise, Medical Lake scored 102 points. Freeman won the team title with 372. Pau/De/a am bereached at pde _ freepress. C0/~_. By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake earned six qualifiers and two alternate placers in last Saturday's District 7 1A Championships in Deer Park who will move onto regional wrestling com- petition Saturday, Feb. 14 at Leavenworth. "For us, having a real young team, we really wrestled well," head coach Sam Petersen said. The Cardinals had a pair of fourth place finishers with Nick Reed at 113 pounds and Ian O'Brien at 285. Reed, Medical Lake's lone state placer in 2014, won once and lost twice. "He was one win away from placing," Petersen said. He just returned after being sidelined by an injury. "He has a screw in his hand," Pe- tersen said. "He's still a little rusty so hopefully File photos Nick Reed (left) hopes his injured hand is not a problem as he tries to return to state. Senior lan O'Brien (right) also hopes to advance with a good showing Saturday at regionals in Leavenworth. regular season at home versus Riverside (6-7, 7-11) this past Tuesday, Feb. 10. "A win on Tuesday and we will host a playoff game on Friday the 13th," head coach Kyle Lundberg Against Newport, Medical Lake forged a slim 16-11 halftime lead and were able to make it hold. ................. the ball and be the aggres- sors on offense," Lundberg said. "Our girls, especially Glori Cheevers, played great defense which lead us to get our offense roll- ing." Cassidy Hagel's 15 points and Makayla Gei- ger's 11 paced Medical Lake. Lakeside showed why they are such an NEA power, Lundberg said. They had an 18-4 first- Erik specializes in customer service at Avista. quarter lead and it got even worse by the half where the Eagles outscored the Cardinals 24-0 and led 42-4 at the break. "We didn't do a good job handling their pres- sure," Lundberg said. "We tried to force it way too much, which led to several easy baskets for Lakeside." Medical Lake turned the ball over 27 times. ~:. ~C~iger led the limited Medical Lake offense with eight points. Jocelyn Cook- Cox topped the Eagles with 13 points. Looking at the play- offs, Lundberg said getting there is a, "Great feeling. These girls have worked long and hard, now they are able to see the result of their hard work." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. With colder weather comes rising energy use. So to help with your energy bill we offer a variety of payment options, including: 0 Comfort-Level Billing to smooth out those seasonal highs and lows. 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