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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS ] 3 Thursday, December 10, 2015 il By PAUL DELANEY StaffReporter The Medical Lake girl's basketball team got balanced scoring from senior Bradyn Wegner and sophomore Makayla Geiger and won their opening game of the season in a 54-43 nonleague victory over Liberty, Dec. 5. "Anytime you get a win it's a good thing, espe- cially first game of the year, it builds confidence," head coach Kyle Lundberg said. The Cardinals started slow, getting outscored 11-5 in the opening quarter but got the offense in gear the final three quarters. "We had some butterflies, five of the eight girls that played experienced their first varsity game that night," Lundberg said. "We settled down after the first quarter and got back in the groove." With a 21-point second quarter Medical Lake was tied at 26 at the half but won the battles in the second half. Wegner had a pair of 3-point shots among her 13 points while Geiger's totals included six field goals. "Bradyn and Mak played well," Lundberg said. "They took what the defense gave them and executed well." Michaela Peterson and Harley Hostetter each added eight points for Medical Lake while Ashlyn Tamietti and Makayla Tamietti each had six. A victory might have been enough of a takeaway for Lundberg, but he found other things with which to be pleased. "How well we played as a team and pushed the ball up the floor," was one result Lundberg said. "We played very fast, this is a fun team to watch." On the flip side, "We had some defense lapses that we will work on and continue to get better," Lundberg said. After the 2B Lancers took a 27-26 lead early in the third quarter the Cardinals went on a 10-2 run to lead 36-29.Liberty closed again to within 38-37 before Medical Lake made a 6-0 run at the end of the quarter to pretty much seal it. Medical Lake had just one other nonleague game against Lind-Ritzville-Sprague this past Tuesday before jumping right into Northeast A League play Friday at home versus Freeman at 7:30 p.m. They travel to North- west Christian on Dec. 16 and return to the NEA to play Deer Park Dec. 18 before taking Christmas break. Paul Delaney can be reached at pde ney@ ss. com. Medical Lake boys fall in foul-fest opener By PAUL DELANEY 13 field goals- a notable erty had a 14-7 advan- Staff Reporter effort Brown said -- the tage in the third. The Most of the time, visitors from Spangle at- Cardinals made a fourth Medical Lake boy's head tempted 49 free throws, quarter surge, closing to basketball coach Arnold MedicalLake shot31, still 55-50 with a 21-12 edge Brown is able to make a significant number from but it was too late. fixes and adjustments the stripe Another area of con- to tighten up his team's"Half their points cernweretumovers. The defense, were from the free throw Cardinals committed 22. But there was nothing line," Brown said. "It's "Many were unforced he could do in the Cardi- hard to defend the free and not great decisions halS' Dec.5openingnight throw line." His teamwith the ball," Brown 60-52 nonleague loss at needs to be smarter with said. home to the 2B Libertythe ball, Brown added. Was it a case of first Lancers. Medical Lake trailed game jitters? "We'll While his team lim- 34-24 at the half and fell blame it on that, we have ited the Lancers to just further behind after Lib- to blame it on something continued from page 1second on the team with to Winnipeg Sept. 2 and six tackles. Sherritt said, "It was "My third year I goto"It's a pretty funny very tough not being pick a ball, I just barely situation up here because able to win that game miss it and a wide receiv- Edmonton and Calgary with him, but itis a er comes in and shatters hate each other, that is business first and fore- Sherritt said. ..... One mch ,and I tip that ball instead of getting my hand broken," as was the case in 2013. That came on the heels of having his foot injured in 2012 when a 300-pound lineman fell on it. "Just those two plays cost me 25 games," he said. But that was largely forgotten in 2015 as Sher- ritt played on an Eskimos team that won its first Grey Cup in 10 years. Along the way they ex- ercised some demons against the hated Cal- gary Stampeders where former Eagle teammate Bo Levi Mitchell is quar- terback. Mitchell guided Calgary to the 2014 Grey Cupand was the game's offensive MVP. "We had to watch Cal- gary beat us 13 times in a row before we got the better Of them this year," Sherritt said. That came on sept. 12 when the Es- kimos prevailed 27-16, a game where Sherritt was I guess," Brown said. Cory Wagner was the only Medical Lake player in double-figures with 20 points. Chase Burnham led Liberty, and all scor- ers, with 23 points. Jaelon Stith and Trenten Garza each scored eight points. "It was good to get exposed on some stuff," Brown said. "It was a good wake up call for US." Medical Lake had just one other nonleague game against Lind-Ritzville- Sprague this past Tuesday before jumping right into Northeast A League play Friday at home versus Freeman at 5:45 p.m. They travel to Northwest Chris- tian on Dec. 16 and rehm to NEA play to face Deer Park Dec. 18 before Christ- a huge rivalry," Sherritt Said. ': ....... .... In facing and chas- ing Mitchell there were mixed emotions. "There's nobody else I'd rather beat, but if I'm not going to win it I hope he wins it," Sherritt said. "I might be the only per- son in the city of Edmon- ton who can say that." Nothing will beat the Grey Cup feeling but to get to go through a whole season healthy - start every game - has been awesome, Sherritt said. "To battle through those (injuries) and fi- nally put a full healthy year in, bring this city a championship and be a part of the championship it's made it all worth it," he said. Perhaps the most bit- ter-sweet part of the win was Sherritt not being able to have former EWU teammate, quarterback Matt Nichols, share in the joy. Nichols was traded most." mas break. When sherritt-is not ' ..... I ~wish north of the 49th paral- lel during the football season he is in Spokane where he rents a room from another former teammate, Greg Peach, who also now plays in Winnipeg. "We all train togeth- er in the offseason," Sherritt said. Nichols is nine blocks away .in the Northwest part of town, near Joe Albi Stadium. As is the tradition with hockey where Stan- ley Cup winning players get to bring the cup home for a day, so it is with the Grey Cup. Sherritt plans to bring it to Spokane, and most likely, Cheney. "We'll all be back at Eastern Washington Uni- versity soon and I get to bring the Grey Cup with me for a day or two," Sherritt said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chenevfreepress. com. ~we c0ald have a few mbre nonleague games," Brownsaid."Inmy world there'd be no league games in December." Pau/De/aneycan be reached at pdelaney@c me epress. com. 613 S Washington Ste 105 Spokane, WA 99204 5 Blocks off 1-90 (Division St. Exit) FREE Parking 8:30-5:30 Mon-Fri Handicap Access Good Service Cars Trucks Trailers Boats Cycles RVs :. 455-8320 .:. Dr. Cazan & Dr. Menke Fax: ii!]i!!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!i ~i The best chicken and fish in town/ Side Orders: Mash,ed Potatoes & Gravy ,. Corn Green Beans Macaroni & Cheese 116 W 1st, Cheney, WA 235-4222 EVER Y VISIT US DAY! AT