Chelan High School Boys & Girls Basketball - Dec. 18-21

Okanogan 60, Chelan Boys Varsity 56

By Coach Tony Callero, Chelan High School 
Boys Basketball
Saturday, Dec. 18
Top Scorers
Nate Harding 19
Reed Stamps 17
Braiden Boyd 13
Chelan used a 25 point fourth quarter and an incredible 8-0 run I. The latest 30 seconds of the game to make it a 2 point game with 15 seconds but we’re unable to pull off the comeback.
Okanogan remains unbeaten and is the number one ranked class 2B team in the state.
Isaac Wilson’s willingness to get on the floor really sparked our comeback.”
Boys Basketball Chelan 74, at Omak 68
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Leading Scorers:
Braeden Boyd 25
Reed Stamps 17
Nate Harding 16
The Goats improved to 3-1 in the Caribou Trail League (4-4 Overall).
Chelan earned a tough league road win by beating Omak 74-68. 
After building a 12 point lead at the end of the third quarter, Chelan was forced to play the final six minutes without two starters who fouled out (Dylan Jay and Isaac Wilson). Boyd came up big with 9 points in the final quarter including 4-4 from the free throw line. Boyd hit three three-point shots in the game. This was the second time this season Boyd has done so.
We put their best player on the free throw line seven times and Jovan Mercado made 13-14. We got outrebounded by 12, were in foul trouble all game but showed enough resiliency and composure to hold on down the stretch."
The Goats will play two non-league games at home during winter break as part of the Chelan Holiday Classic: Dec. 28 vs. Adna and Dec. 29 vs. Deer Park.
The Mountain Goats then return to CTL action at Cashmere January 4.
Bulldogs over Lady Goats 58-27
By Coach Nick Longmire, Chelan High School Girls Basketball
December 18
The Okanogan Bulldogs hosted the Chelan Mountain Goats on Saturday, Dec. 18 night. The Goats were facing a dominant and undefeated non-league opponent who has outscored their opponents in the last 5 games 348-118 averaging 69 points per game as a team. The Goats on the other hand have been averaging 43 points per game and knew that slowing down the bulldogs was going to be key. In the first half of the game the Goats competed and found success with ball movement and patience in their offense to end the 1st quarter with a 10-7 lead. 
The Bulldogs began to implement their full court press in the 2nd quarter giving the Goats more of a challenge. For a couple of minutes during the 2nd quarter the Bulldogs forced a handful of turnovers from the Goats which converted into points. The Bulldogs were able to put up 17 points in the 2nd quarter and the Goats added 12 to their score, putting them behind by 2 going into the half. 
The Goats knew the Bulldogs were going to continue to press in the 2nd half and needed to be patient and efficient when breaking down the Bulldog pressure. Unfortunately, with only 1 available sub and a swing player with 1 quarter available, the Goats started wearing down from exhaustion which gave the Bulldogs what they needed to begin taking control of the game. It wasn't long before the Bulldogs took a sizable lead mostly supplemented by Senior Danielle Sparks who led all scores with 18 for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs finished the game defeating the Mountain Goats 58-27. 
Stamina was a major contributing factor to how we performed down the stretch. I could see our players were gassed about halfway through the 2nd quarter but still clawed and scratched to keep the score close.
We simply had nothing left in the tank in the second half and turned the ball over too many times from errors caused by Okanogans pressure and our mental mistakes from exhaustion," Longmire continued. "Okanogan has a great program with strong, fundamental and aggressive athletes. I respect what Coach Bryan Boesel has done with his team over the last couple of years. These are the types of games that make us better as a team and are reflective of the caliber of teams we will see in the postseason." 
Aliyah Finch led all scores for the Goats with 16, Joslynn Simmons, Beau Nordby and Kira Sandoval added 3 a piece and Morgyn Harrison had 2. This loss brings the Lady Goat's record to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in league. The Goats travel to Omak for a league contest on Tuesday night to finish the first round of three in the CTL. 
Omak over 
Chelan 47-46
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Chelan made the trip to Omak for their last game of the week. Tonight's game marks the final league game in the first of three rounds. The Mountain Goats came out a little slow but began to settle into the 1-3-1 zone offense that Omak has traditionally run. The 1st quarter ended with Omak leading 12-10. The Goats took advantage of the 2nd quarter and began to find their groove in their trap defense. 
The Goats regained the lead going into halftime with a score of 23-21. The Goats seemed to come out of the locker room with a lack of energy and urgency that they sought to start with. The Goats gave up a handful of possessions in the form of turnovers right off the bat which allowed Omak to climb back in front again. 
We have a tendency to execute our offense in a lazy manner from time to time and give our opponents a chance to hang in a the game with us. Tonight was an example of many opportunities that we gave away to Omak that could have ended in our favor. We have to become a team that turns the ball over much less than what we do.
Despite several lead changes throughout the game including the 3rd quarter the Goats entered the 4th quarter with a 37-35 lead over the Pioneers. Chelan and Omak fought tooth and nail all the way down the stretch. The Goats found themselves down by 3 with 9.5 seconds left to go in the game.
The plan was for the Goats to try and get a quick layup if they got to the hoop in the first 5 seconds, otherwise they would look to kick out for a 3 to tie the game. Unfortunately, it took too long for the Goats to get the ball out of the backcourt with the pressure Omak put on Chelan and by the time they scored a layup there was only .7 seconds left on the clock. The Goats called a timeout and tried to get a 5 second call or a quick steal and a put back while protecting the long ball. 
The Pioneers were able to inbound the ball and the final score ended 47-46 in favor of Omak. 
All scores were led by Kira Sandoval with 17 points. Aliyah Finch added 14, Joslynn Simmons had 8. Arabelle Finch and Jailyn Reinhart added 3 and Morgyn Harrison had 1. The Goats played in the Holiday Tournament, December 28 and 29 against Deer Park and Napavine.


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