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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS I,"J Thursday, December 17, 2015 ,mpress new ,n opener Cardinals turn in scrappy effort in opening loss to powerful Freeman By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Considering Medical Lake's first dual wrestling match of the 2015-16 season was against defending State 1A champion Freeman, and the Cardinals are young, relatively inexperienced and debuting a rookie head coach, there were a lot of things that could go really wrong. Instead, the Cardinals 45-21 loss to the Scotties was a successful display of in i minute, 44 seconds at 132 pounds. The new coach was impressed with where Medical Lake is headed in the Finally Braden Wirth took a tense 8-7 what he saw back in the locker room as sport, head coach Josh Edmondson win at 145 PoUnds. he reported there wasn't a person in there said. "The team rallied behind each other who was absent a smile. "It would've been easy for my boysand we stayed positive throughout the "It may be a loss on record, but it is a to look at their first league dual against entire dual meet regardless of what the silent victory for our program," Edmond- that team and decide not to show up," scoreboard said," Edmondson said.son said. Edmondson said. "However, my wres-That included requests to wrestle as The Cardinals have a busy couple tiers rose to the challenge and decided much as two classes above their normal Of weeks ahead, They had a nonleague to wrestle every match with all that they weights. "With no questions asked guys "rivalry" match at Cheney this past had to give." like Troy Pattison bumped up two weight Tuesday, Dec. 15 followed by a NEA After dropping decisions in the classes to help the team out," Edmondson outing at Chewelah, Thursday, Dec. 17. first seven weight classes in the Dec. 10 said. A heavy helping of holiday competition match, two by forfeits, Medical Lake"Giving up three forfeits put us be- begins Dec. lg-19 at the Pasco Duals, the would collect wins in three of the final hind in the score but the matches that Tri County Tourney at Central Valley, four bouts, were actually wrestled were battles to Tuesday, Dec. 22 and the M2 at Rogers That began with Justin Warnick the end and told a different story than High in Spokane, Wednesday, Dec. 30. earning a win at 126 pounds and was the one you get from just looking at the Paul Delaney can be reached at followed by Bodhi Forbes with a pin numbers," Edmondson said. pdelaney@cheney_freepress.com. rdinal girls' slow starts, finish lead to pair of losses By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Slow starts and fin- ishes did in the Medical Lake girl's basketball team in a pair of games last week. The Cardinals dropped a nonleague contest 48-27 to Lind- Ritzville-Sprague Dec. 8 and then lost their North- east A League opener to Freeman, 46-30, Friday, Dec. 11. In both games offense was slim in the first and fourth quarters, which decided each outing. The Cardinals (0-1 NEA, 1-2 overall) were outscored 11-5 in the first and 15- 4 in the fourth versus LRS. Likewise, Freeman enjoyed similar advan- tages. "We seem to be a little flat at the start," head coach Kyle Lundberg aid. "We have talked about ; cbntinued frompage i D's a lot, some of it was keeping them off balance, putting them in situations - obviously they can shoot the ball," Brown said. "We want to put them in situations where we contest as many shots as we can." And while Stith and Jasmer played key parts on the offensive end, it was their defensive presence that was also important. Medical Lake's Ashlyn Tamietti drives to the basket against Filger in last Friday's game. Photo by Paul Delaney greeman's Kayla that and will continue to Freeman. They trimmed the Cards outscored the improve." the deficit to 30-23 af- Scotties 6-1. Medical Lake was ter three quarters with a "Our girls are still not able to fully respond stout defensive effort in learning a new defensive from trailing 8-0 versus the third quarter where system, it's coming along," "Jaelon is 6 foot 4 (inches) with just about a 6-11 wingspan and Joey out there, 6-5 and prob- ably the same amount of wingspan, their (Free- man) shots were hhrown off a little bit just by those guys," Brown said. Add to that Isiah Farmen and ColeSoliday. "They kind of harass them in different ways," Brown said. "I think those things disrupted them more than they thought." If there was a down- side for Brown it was turnovers, specifically the unforced kind, which happen when decisions are made too fast. "We still had 21 turnovers which wasn't nice; we're still working on that." Tuesday's outing versus the 2B Broncos was also a learning ef- fort. "It ,helped us de- fend the 3-line a little better," Brown said. Leading at the half 34-26, the Cardinals let the Broncos back into the game with a strong third period that allowed them to close within 42-41. But Medical Lake caught fire and put the game away with a 21-8 edge in the final period. Wagner and Stith each had 12 points while Farmen added eight more, plus 11 re- bounds. The Cardinals were at Northwest Christian for a nonleague game on Dec. 16 and then take to the road for a 5:45 p.m. tipoff against Deer Park Friday, Dec. 18 for their final game before the Christmas break. Paul Delaneycanbereached at pdela cheney_freepress. com. Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern Most dental dentistry insurances with oldaccepted fashioned including Tricare care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Davenport Family Dentistry 707 Logan St., Davenport, WA 509-725-1181 Lundberg said. "We have did not get much better to be more aggressive from Tuesday at home against start to finish." the 2B Broncos who led 26- Offensively, however, 12atthehalf."Westruggled there were a number of again with trying to force missed opportunities that passes too much," Lund- might have made a differ- berg said. ence. And a series of turn- Harley Hostetter led the overs sent Freeman on an 8- Cardinals with 10 points. 2 run to start the fourth that Kaytlyn Curtis led all scor- put the game away. "We ers with 15 points for the tried forcing our passes too Broncos. much," Lundberg said. Medical Lake was at Bradyn Wegner and Northwest Christian for a Makayla Geiger each nonleague game'on Dec. scored eight points to lead 16 and on the road Friday, Medical Lake Friday with Dec. 18 at Deer Park for Makayla Tamietti adding their final game, a7:30p.m. seven. Isabelle Miller had start, before the Christmas 19 for Freeman (1-0, 2-1) to break. lead all scorers. PaulDelaneycanbereached After their openingatpdela chene eepress. quarter drought, things com.