Aaron McQuaid drives the full length of the floor against Chewelah on a fast break that helped him score 2 of his 13 points to help the Goats defeat Chewelah 56-39.
Goats bump Chewelah - continue quest for state berth
by Richard Uhlhorn
It wasn't a very pretty game... actually, it was a pretty ugly game, but the Chelan Goats opened its quest for a state berth on Wednesday in MosesLake with a win over the Chewelah Cougars 56-39.
"A win is a win," I said to Coach Joe Harris. "And we'll take it," he replied. He was not happy with his team down the stretch. Dave Rogge, GoLakeChelan, interviewed Coach Harris after the game and said he wasn't happy with the passing by the team. "He said they were trying to make passes they shouldn't have tried."
Both teams played each other well during the first quarter, but in the second quarter Chelan put tremendous pressure on the Cougars and it paid off with 13-2 run over Chewelah which put Chelan in front at the end of the first half by a score of 31-12.
By the end of the first half, Joe Harris had two fouls and Mat Engstrom had three fouls. Early in the third quarter Harris picked up his third foul and sat down beside Engstrom who had been sitting for some of the second quarter and continued to sit in the third.
Chewelah started pecking away at Chelan in the third and fourth quarters, sinking three treys to help them, but Chelan continued to apply pressure, frustrating Chewelah's offense and ended up with a 56-39 win.
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Harris had 25 points, many of which came from put backs after another player missed. Julio Juarez dished out five assists. Derrick Talley tallied up nine points and Mat Engstrom was rebounding king with a game high 14, 12 of them on the defensive end of the court. Aaron McQuaid exploded for 13 points and seven rebounds.
Chelan had 26 turnovers to Chewelah's 22, but Chelan had 14 steals to equal out that stat.
The win puts Chelan up against the Freeman Scotties on Friday beginning at in the MosesLake gymnasium. Interestingly, Chelan's Lady Goats face Cascade in MosesLake's second gymnasium at , a staggered start which doesn't really help broadcasters or fans who would like to see both games from start to finish.
Watching Freeman (20-1) play Cascade on Wednesday night led GoLakeChelan reporters feeling good about Chelan's chances against this team as long as our team doesn't get into foul trouble again.