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Basketball: Home games Saturday

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Friday, Moses Lake (9-1, 11-3) away.
The Panthers begin the final 5-game round of league play at conference leading Moses Lake. The Chiefs have a 2-game lead over second place Davis and have won seven straight league games. Overall they have won nine in a row with an average winning margin of exactly 25 points. The Panthers got thumped by 29 when the opened CBBN play at ML in December. When they met earlier this month the Purple and Gold improved dramatically, but still lost 48-38. Wenatchee leads the series 48-28, and leads in Moses Lake 19-16.

Saturday, Sunnyside (6-4, 8-7) home.
Wenatchee and Sunnyside have had a couple of battles. When they played in local gym last month the visitors left with a 73-65 overtime win, the combined score being one of the 13 highest in Panther history. In the game at the Grizzlies gym SHS edged the Panthers 57-55. WHS is 3-1 against Sunnyside at home and leads them overall 6-2.

Friday, Wenatchee 57, Eisenhower 20. The 37-point difference ties for the 25th largest margin of victory in school history. The largest is 67 in December of ’75 (WHS 69, Kennewick 12).
The 20 points by the Cadets ties for the 12th fewest given up. Fewest is 12…see above.

Standings: Moses Lake 9-1, Davis 7-3, Sunnyside 6-4, Eastmont 6-4, Wenatchee 2-8, Eisenhower 0-10

Score Czar ranking with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Moses Lake 13 (14), Eastmont 30 (34), Davis 37 (39), Wenatchee 43 (43), Eisenhower 61 (62)…3A – Sunnyside 24 (23).

Friday, Moses Lake (4-6, 6-9) away.
The Panthers and Chiefs are tied at 106-106. Wenatchee took the league opener 57-55 at Moses Lake and ML won at Wenatchee 51-49. The tie will be settled Friday. After nipping WHS January 5 Moses Lake dropped three in a row until beating lowly Eisenhower Saturday. These two have gone back and forth the last dozen years with the Chiefs winning 14 to the Panthers 13. The local five leads overall 79-54, but Moses Lake holds sway on their court 34-27.

Saturday, Sunnyside (4-6, 6-9) home.
One third of Wenatchee’s league wins have come at the expense of Sunnyside. The Panthers won with some ease on their home court 61-41, but struggled to a 59-53 overtime victory in the Yakima Valley. Wenatchee has only played the Grizzlies eight times over the years, but has seven victories to show for it. At home WHS has won three of four.

Friday, Wenatchee 72, Eisenhower 32. The 40-point difference ties for the second largest margin of victory since 1966-67 (beginning of the current league). The largest is 43 in December ’73 (WHS 65, Moses Lake 22).
The 42 by the Cadets ties for the sixth fewest given up by WHS since 1996-67. Fewest is 22…see above.
The 72 points is the most scored in five seasons, since December ’07 when they beat Moses Lake 78-57.
The 72 combined with 64 Saturday (Davis 73, WHS 64) for 136 is the most in back-to-back games in three years, since January 2010.

Standings: Eastmont 9-1, Davis 7-3, Wenatchee 6-4, Moses Lake 4-6, Sunnyside 4-6, Eisenhower 0-10

Ron Stone has coached 130 wins in his basketball career at WHS. This is the most for any hoops coach in school history. For 10 years he headed the girls program and won 106 games. This is his third year coaching the boys and has 24 wins. The previous high was 127 by Eli Juarez who was the boys coach for 14 seasons from 1990 to 2003.

Score Czar ranking with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Eastmont 7 (7), Wenatchee 24 (23), Davis 37 (40), Moses Lake 52 (49), Eisenhower 67 (67)…3A – Sunnyside 42 (44).

Add district champs to league champs. Tuesday afternoon at Eastmont Lanes the Panthers outscored their fellow district members to roll on to the state champion tournament. The state event is February 1 and 2 at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place.

Yesterday Wenatchee had a score of 3,654 while Eisenhower had 3,417, Moses Lake 3,210 and Davis 2,969. And there was an honor for Panther coach Jay Young as he was selected by his follow coaches as Coach of the Year for the CBBN.