Alisha Love led the Goats in keeping the score close during their opening game at State on Wednesday. Love had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.Photos courtesy Tracy & Linda Jo Williams
Lady Goats lose thriller in overtime
By Richard Uhlhorn
The Chelan Lady Goats lost their first game at the State Basketball Championships, but not before they forced fourth ranked Columbia-Burbank into overtime with a Kelli Bowers three pointer that tied this game 54-all at the buzzer. “You could see the fear in their eyes that they may lose this game,” said Dennis Rahm by telephone shortly after the game, but Columbia-Burbank came back to outscore Chelan 7-4 in overtime to win 61-58.
“They (Chelan) played with a lot of heart and came back,” remarked Rahm. And so they did. The Lady Goats were down 0-8 early in the first quarter and as much at 11 points in the second quarter at one time. The girls never gave up and continued throughout the first half to battle hard against the Coyotes, only turning the ball over five times and going to the locker room trailing by only four points 32-28.
Kelli Bowers getting off a shot.
The game wasn’t looking very good in the first quarter of play as Columbia-Burbank’s Adrianne Smith couldn’t miss. A couple of three pointers really gave the Coyotes an edge and at the buzzer they were leading Chelan 18-9. However, it was evident by the end of the second quarter that Chelan had found its game and the Lady Goats actually outscored the Coyotes 19-14 in that second quarter.
It was Izzy Barth, Kelli Bowers, Kristen Milliette and Sidney Austin leading the second quarter charge and the fact that Chelan only committed five turnovers certainly helped them gain ground against Columbia-Burbank.
After the break, Columbia-Burbank was able to keep the lead by as much as seven points to as little at four points at the end of the quarter which ended with the Coyotes wondering where their lead went. The third quarter ended with Chelan only down two possessions. Chelan missed four crucial free throws that would have put them into the drivers seat going into the fourth.
Kelli Bowers making a pass.
Entering the fourth quarter and Chelan only trailing by four points, 43-39, it was obvious that the Coyotes were being pressured to perform, but the Goats were smelling success and kept the game within striking distance throughout the fourth quarter.
With less than one minute to play, Chelan closed the gap to within two points, 53-51, fouled the Coyotes in hopes of getting the ball back. Columbia-Burbank hit the front end of their one-and-one, but missed the back end to edge ahead 54-51.
Kelli Bowers, with 13 seconds remaining, nailed a three point shot to tie the game at 54-all and forcing overtime despite having one more chance to score.
Coach Dane Lewman coaching during a timeout.
In overtime, the Coyotes struck first and went ahead by two points, Chelan subsequently turned the ball over again and Alisha Love committed her fifth foul, which should have been called an offensive foul on the Coyotes. They added one more from the line and then added two more to take the Coyote lead out to five points. Sidney Austin answered with a field goal to take Chelan back to a three point deficit. Jamie Brunner, with in overtime left, fouled Brianne Smith who hadn’t missed from the line all game, but missed both of her shots this time which shows just how much pressure Chelan was putting on this team. Chelan turned the ball over one more time and Bowers fouled Tiffany Idler who made the front end, but missed the second shot to put Columbia-Burbank up by four, 60-56.
Chelan’s Barth rebounded that missed shot and Chelan got the ball into Harter who was fouled. She stepped to the line and drained both of her free throws to bring Chelan back to within two points. The Coyotes made one more trip to the free throw line with 22 seconds remaining and added one point. Chelan, ended up throwing the ball inside instead of trying for a three point shot and threw it away which was the end of the game.
Kim Harter driving the hoop.
Chelan will meet Onalaska at on Thursday morning. Onalaska lost to NooksackValley 52-38. “The way we played today, I think we could have beaten either team,” reported Rahm. “It the girls play with the same intensity they played with today, I think we will win this. It is a loser out game, so it’s a must win for Chelan.”
Game tied... heading into overtime.
Alisha Love – 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals (fouled out in OT)
Izzy Barth – 11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block
Kristen Milliette – 4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
Sidney Austin – 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Kelli Bowers – 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal (2 of 6 for three pointers)
Darby Jenkins – 2 points, 2 assists
Jamie Brunner – 5 points, 2 assists
Kim Harter – 6 points, 4 rebounds
Chelan turned the ball over 20 times, 15 in the second half.
Columbia-Burbank turned the ball over 11 times
Columbia-Burbank’s Brianne Smith had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 6 turnovers and 5 steals
Tiffany Idler had 11 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists
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