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Bruce Report, January 31, 2012

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BOYS BASKETBALL (5-4, 9-8)
Tuesday, Richland (7-2, 10-7) home.
A victory tonight against the second place Bombers would break a nine-game WHS losing streak in the series. In their first meeting this season Richland prevailed 82-57 in their gym. Overall the Benton County school leads the series 85-20 and 35-15 in Wenatchee. WHS enters the fray third in the league following their 51-50 win over Eisenhower last night.

Friday, Moses Lake (4-5, 6-9) away.
The Panthers end the regular season with the two schools they have faced the most in their 102 years of hoops – Moses Lake and Davis. This weekend will be the 131st game against each of them (130 against Walla Walla). WHS has recently enjoyed some success against the Chiefs, winning 11 of the last 14 games and the last two in a row. Although the last one was a 59-58 squeaker a couple weeks ago. For the series Wenatchee leads 78-52, but trails 33-26 at Moses Lake.

Saturday, Davis (9-0, 14-2) home.
Wenatchee ends the regular season with honor of playing host to the top team in the state (according to the Seattle Times and the Tacoma News Tribune). Davis opened the season No. 1, dropped to second after the Christmas break and jumped back to first this week. The Pirates are led by former Panther coach Eli Juarez (1990 to 2003). In the game at Yakima earlier this month Wenatchee gave the Pirates a battle before succumbing 68-58. The first game between the two schools was in 1928 at the state tournament at the UW (Yakima, as they were called through 1957, won 33-21). In Wenatchee the teams are dead even in wins at 31 apiece…Overall though Davis is up 84-46.

Standings. Davis 9-0, Richland 7-2, Wenatchee 5-4, Chiawana 6-5, Moses Lake 4-5, Walla Walla 3-7, Eisenhower 0-11.

GIRLS BASKETBALL (6-3, 10-7)
Tuesday, Richland (5-4, 10-7) away.
The third-place Panthers visit the fourth-place Bombers tonight. When they faced each other the two-and-a-half weeks ago here in town the Purple & Gold was triumphant 46-42. Richland dominated the series through 2006, but since then the two are even having split the most recent dozen games. From day one in 1978 RHS is up 57-24 in wins and 31-10 at their place.

Friday, Moses Lake (2-7, 3-14) home.
Wenatchee stopped Moses Lake 57-41 earlier this month in Grant County, and now will take on the Chiefs in the last home game on the regular season schedule. In 72 previous games the Panthers have won 46 and the Chiefs 26. In their own gym Wenatchee is up 26-10.

Saturday, Davis (3-6, 5-11) away.
The gals finish the regular 20-game schedule on the road in Yakima. WHS has won 11 of the last 13 contests with the Pirates, including the last six in a row. In mid-January the local five were 57-43 winners in their own gym. Since 1976 Wenatchee has controlled the series 48-23, and in Yakima leads 20-15.

Standings. Chiawana 9-1, Walla Walla 8-2, Wenatchee 6-3, Richland 5-4, Davis 3-6, Moses Lake 2-7, Eisenhower 0-10.

How low can you go?
Friday the young ladies thumped Eisenhower 48-14. Yes, that second number is correct. In 39 years and 837 games only once did a Panther opponent have fewer points. In December 1975 Kennewick scored a dozen as they were shellacked 69-12 by WHS. The Cadet’s 14 ties for the second lowest total. On Valentine’s Day in 1992 the Panthers beat Davis 67-14.

Oh yes, the total of 62 points in the Panther-Cadet tilt is the sixth lowest combined score in Wenatchee history. Two games tie for the all-time lowest, Kamiakin 35, Wenatchee 23 in 1995-96 and Eisenhower 31, Wenatchee 27 in 2001-02. All three games were in the local gymnasium.

Vikings finally vanquished
The Lake Stevens girls that drilled Wenatchee 55-30 December 28 finally met its Waterloo. Stanwood beat them 60-56 last Tuesday ending a string of 15 consecutive wins. The Vikings are now 16-1.

Never Give Up Revisited
A couple weeks ago we mentioned the Puyallup boys coming from 19 back with five minutes remaining to beat Emerald Ridge by a point. How about this from the Hoosier State on the 20th. Early in the fourth quarter in a class 3A game East Central (St. Leon) led South Dearborn (Aurora) 54-25. The South Dearborn Trojans proceeded to score 30 consecutive points and won 55-54.

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