The wild and woolly Caribou Trail League is back, and with a vengeance.
The first week of league play was capped off Saturday night, with three games decided by five points or less, and a surprise or two thrown into the mix.
On the girls side, Okanogan (3-0 league) used its rebounding to hold off surging Cashmere for a 62-57 win on the road. Cashmere took a one-point lead into halftime, but turnovers mounted in the third quarter, and Taylor Schreckengost scored six of her eight points in the frame as Okanogan won the quarter 12-6.
Cascade, led by Kelsey Graham (15 points) and Annie Christie (14 points), beat Tonasket 49-45 in another close girls contest.
Meanwhile, Chelan’s girls handed Omak a 61-31 defeat.
The shocker of the night was the Cashmere boys’ 64-44 win over Okanogan, in what was current Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist’s first trip back to town since he left the Cashmere head coaching post in 2009.
“This game was important for us to win to get a win at home,” said Cashmere coach Keith Boyd, whose team improved to 1-1 in the CTL while dropping Okanogan to 1-2. “It’s tough to go to other places and get a win, so we needed this in a bad way.”
Joe Townsend and Jason Vanderweide combined for 29 points for Okanogan, but the rest of the team accounted for just 15 points.
Cascade (3-0) kept its perfect league record intact with a 59-53 win over Tonasket (0-3), thanks in part by Dan Betz’s 23 points on 9 for 14 shooting, including 7 for 8 in the second half and 3 for 4 from outside.
“I thought we did a good job on the kids we knew, (Marcos) Treviño and (Tyler) Harrod, but another guy (Betz) stepped up for them and beat us,” Tonasket coach Glenn Braman said.
In the other CTL boys game, Chelan moved to 2-0 with a 63-38 victory over Omak.
Toe to toe
Ephrata’s Kelsey Yenney and Othello’s Christine Kirkwood both exploded for 37 points, but Yenney got the last laugh in the Tigers’ 77-50 win on the road. Yenney’s teammates combined for 40 points, while only three Huskies besides Kirkwood scored, accounting for only 13 points.
Entiat’s Thomas Sanford had a double-double of 18 points and 10 boards in the Tigers’ 63-54 win over Soap Lake…Jeese Adkins poured in 17 for Lake Roosevelt…Caitlyn Behymer and Kara Staggs each scored 20 in the Okanogan girls’ win, while Gaby Gonzalez scored 17 for Cashmere in the loss…Mandy Southard had 23 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists for Entiat in its victory over Soap Lake…Lake Roosevelt’s Jada Desautel had 22 points and Pateros’ Lorrie Mattson had 20 in the Raiders’ 64-50 win.