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i CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 10, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS oul nlng Cheney commits 49 fouls in losses at Reardan, Freeman By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Turnovers and fouls were what kept the Cheney High girls basketball team from posting its first win of the season last weekend. The Lady Blackhawks committed 21 fouls in a 45-36 loss at Reardan on Thursday, and another 18 fouls to go with 31 turnovers in a 60-54 loss Friday at Freeman. Foul trouble against the 2B classification Indians hampered several play- ers, including sophomore post Kristie McGourin, who Lady Blackhawks head coach JT Johnson said is the team's "ener- gizer" but was limited in playing time with four fouls. On the other side of the box score, Cheney failed to convert its op- portunities at the char- ity stripe, going 6 for 17 - a figure Johnson said really should have been 6 for 23 because six of those misses came on the front end of one-and- one.opportunities and thus denying the Lady Blackhawks .additional attempts. Brette Draper led Cheney with 16 points, includ- ing 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Overall the Lady Blackhawks were 13 for 44 from the field, 4 for 8 from beyond the arc. Johnson also said his , team had some work to . ~ on defense; m'ainly' onsistency. Cheney held ~"~he Indians to just 16 points in the first half, but gave up 30 in the final 16 minutes. It was a much different story 24 hours later on the road at Northeast A League Freeman. While the Lady Blackhawks were still plagued by fouls, 18, against the Scot- ties, they shot better from the floor and markedly better from the line, going 13 for 19. "As a team, it was a huge, huge improvement," Johnson said. "They were mentally concentrated, stepped up and were focused." The problem for Cheney at Freeman was their turnovers came at the most inopportune times, if there is such a thing as a nine. Cheney shot 19 for Valley (0-3) Dec. 12 in the 56 from the field, includ- Great Northern League ing 3 for 5 from 3-point opener. good time for a turnover, range - with Draper go- Johnson chalks up last Three straight miscues at ing 3 for 3 from beyond weekend's losses to open- the end of the first quarter the arc. ing weekend jitters and helped the Scotties to an McGourin added 10 re- some over-exuberance. 18-8 lead, which Cheney bounds to go with her The Lady Blackhawks can whittled downto 35-30 at scoring for a double-dou- score and score enough the break, ble. Defensively Hailee to win, he said, but need In the third quarter the Huff had a pair of steals to focus on three other Lady Blackhawks battled and four deflections, John- aspects of their game as back to within one or son said. well to gain success. two points on several Cheney (0-2) has three"We need to rebound bet- occasions. At one point good opportunities to ter," he said. "We need to they took a one-point notch its first win of the play better "D" and take lead, only to give up four season this week, if not better care of the ball. consecutive turnovers to more. The Lady Black- We've just got to figure allow Freeman to regain hawks hosted NEA Deer out how to compete and control. Park (0-2) Tuesday, and win." Draper and McGourin remains at home to face JohnMcCallumcanbereached both had 13 points, with Idaho's Timberlake High at jmac@cheneyfreepress. Haley Pembertonadding (2-0) Dec. 11 and Westcom. continued from page 1 important for them toto draw them out by learn how to turn on the moving the ball well. good because of the ef- intensity under a short Timberlakeshould also fort we gave." preparation window, present challenges, as Friday it was Free- "It's a tough skill set they were 67-59 vic- man providing that ex- to acquire," he added, tots over Deer Park on tra level of effort and Cheney (1-1)gets an- Dec. 3. focus, jumping to an 18- other shot at it this week West Valley (2-1) will 11 first quarter lead and with three games, in-come in with a different never getting seriously cluding a non-league tilt look this season, one challenged from there. Dec. 11 at home against that's a little slower than Hardt had 14 points, Timberlake High School previous teams while with Justace Reiter add- from Spirit Lake, Idaho, also being physically ing 12 and Riley Jones and the GNL opener stronger. The Eagles 11. Dec. 12 against West ownapair of good wins Smith said his teamValley. The Blackhawks over NEA Lakeside (66- is going to have several also were to have faced 58) and Idaho 5A Lake weekends this year, es- NEA member Deer Park City (67-46) before fall- pecially during Great Tuesday, Dec. 8. ing 71-52 to 5A Post Falls Northern League play, The Stags will likely last Saturday. when they are going to play zone defense a lotJ o h n M c C a l - beplaying Friday/Sat- against Cheney, Smithlure can be reached at urday and Thursday/ said, so it will be im- jmac@cheneyfreepress. Saturday games, andit's portant to be patientcom. continued from page 1 Josue Mendoza before losing to Springdale's Randy Dixson via pin. He rebounded from the loss to pin Royal's Alex Contreras. Bautista was eliminated after Mt. Spokane's Steven Han- sen pinned him in their match. Cameron Wiseman (145) and Billy Bakke (170) both had wins be- fore being eliminated in the consolation rounds. As a team, Cheney fin- ished 16th out of 18 teams with 44 points. "We were right where we thought we would be," Rasmussen said. "It's nice to see where we are, especially when you're wrestling that good of competition. It also showed us what flaws we have and what we need to work on." Before the Deer Park Invite, many Cheney wrestlers competed in a jamboree, Dec. 3, against Greater Spokane League's Shadle Park and Northeast A League's Medical Lake. Ferguson and Billy Smith were 2-0 in the jamboree. Nguyen, Michael Bozeman, Ryan Reiner-Golden and Alan Coumbs were 1-1 and Andrew Rushing was 1-0. "The kidsworked hard last week and we celebrat- ed those small victories," Rasmussen said. "But it's go time now. We just have to stay healthy and get better every day." After their nonconfer- ence dual against NEA's ColviUe, Dec. 9, the Black- hawks travel to Central Valley to compete in the Inland Empire Classic, Dec. 11-12. They'll host Medical Lake in a non- league dual Dec. 15. 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