EAST WENATCHEE — Nine games into the 2012-13 campaign, the Eastmont boys basketball finally met its match.
The Wildcats couldn’t work around the height of Lakeside of Seattle in a 51-39 loss at the Wenatchee Basketball Tournament on Saturday. It was Eastmont’s first loss of the season.
“They were big,” said Eastmont coach Mike Waters of the Lions, who have five players — including 7-foot Peter French — that are as tall or taller than the Wildcats’ biggest player. “You don’t see the size of a 7-footer every day — certainly not in our league. It’s an unusual presence, right in your face. You think you get a shot off and the next thing you know it’s getting knocked out of bounds.”
The Wildcats (8-1 overall) trailed by just one point heading into the fourth quarter, but fell victim to a 20-9 Lions advantage in the frame.
“They created a disruption. I haven’t felt we’ve been disrupted all year by anybody (until Saturday),” Waters said. “We just didn’t flow. Nothing came easy for us. It was frustrating for me, and I’m sure frustrating for the kids.”
Tramaine Isabell led the Lions with 20 points, 11 of which he scores in the fourth quarter.
Trea Thomas was the only Eastmont player with double-digit points with 14.
Eastmont 54, Richland 43 (Friday)
Eastmont took a 21-9 lead after the first quarter and held that advantage throughout the rest of the contest to defeat Richland at the Wenatchee Tournament.
J.J. Jahr scored six of his eight points in the first quarter for the Wildcats, while Trea Thomas tallied nine of his game-high 25 points during the first eight minutes.
The Wildcats entered the contest ranked 10th in the Tacoma News-Tribune’s 4A state poll, while the Bombers were ranked seventh.
Eastmont 47, Liberty 32 (Saturday)
Kylie Buterbaugh hit five 3-pointers and scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats (8-1 overall) in their second win at the Wenatchee Basketball Tournament.
Eastmont led by just a point at halftime, but it pulled away with a 10-3 third quarter thanks to stingy half-court defense.
“They were pretty quick getting the ball up the floor, so we were just trying to keep their dribble-penetration down,” Eastmont coach Tessa Bromiley said. “We did a better job of boxing out, too. Most of their first half attempts were off offensive rebounds.”
Abby Waterhouse had seven points and six rebounds, and Savannah Jackson added six points and six rebounds for the Wildcats.
“I told the girls I was pretty impressed with the effort this weekend,” Bromiley said. “Seeing different teams and not being able to scout, and especially coming back from a break and having only one practice and jumping into two pretty hard teams, I was impressed.”
Eastmont 56, South Kitsap 49 (Friday)
Eastmont took a 23-19 halftime lead by holding South Kitsap to three points in the second quarter, and finished strong, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to post a Wenatchee Tournament victory over South Kitsap.
“We changed our defensive look going into the second half, and that really helped us keep our legs under us coming out of the break,” said Wildcats coach Tessa Bromiley.
Buterbaugh led the Wildcats with 15 points, while Jackson scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.