OKANOGAN — Okanogan may be the defending 1A girls basketball champion, but it no longer lays claim to the top spot in its own league’s standings.
That distinction belongs to Brewster, who took down the Bulldogs 67-62 in a battle of unbeaten Caribou Trail League teams Thursday night.
The Bears (11-0, 5-0 CTL) followed the lead of star Chandler Smith, who poured in a game-high 26 points and had a big part in Brewster pulling away in the fourth quarter.
“Chandler, she’s tough to stop, and she was hitting her shots tonight,” said Okanogan coach Bryan Boesel, who lost his initial game coaching against his brother, first-year Brewster coach Roger Boesel. “And we had some missed opps there at the end.”
Monica Landdeck had 13 points and Becky Mae Taylor added 11 for the Bears in their win.
Okanogan (10-1, 4-1), paced by Caitlyn Behymer (14 points) and Keanna Egbert (11 points), took the lead for a spell in the third quarter but was outscored 18-12 in the fourth.
“That was a track meet. I think there will be some tired girls sleeping tonight on both sides,” Bryan Boesel said. “We attacked and had six girls almost in double-figures, but on the other side Brewster hit eight 3s that kept them in the game. … Obviously defense wins championships, and we found that out last year. One of the things we learned tonight is you gotta play better defense against Brewster.”
The two teams will meet one more time in the regular season — Jan. 29 in Brewster.
Manson 61, Mansfield 13
The Trojans never looked back after rushing out to a 21-2 lead. Manson’s Olegario Orozco scored 18 points to lead all scorers.
Quincy 57, Cascade 47
Quincy relied on key defensive stands and a proficient offensive performance in the fourth quarter to pick up a win against league foe Cascade on Thursday.
The Jacks pulled out to an early lead, but the Kodiaks closed the gap to three points at the end of the third quarter.
Quincy outscored Cascade 19-11 to win the contest. Jacob Durfee led all players with 27 points and Scott Tobin led the Jacks with nine rebounds.
Okanogan 64, Brewster 52
Okanogan continued its undefeated season with a strong win over league foe Brewster on Thursday.
The Bulldogs came up big in the first and fourth quarters, outscoring the Bears 43-25 combined in the quarters.
Coach Mike Carlquist credited his team for finishing strong against a quality opponent.
“There’s some very good teams in our league and Brewster’s one of them,” he said. “Brewster’s got great shooters and they’re hard to guard, so it was a great win for us.”
Boys swim and dive
Wenatchee 116, Davis 70; Wenatchee 138, Eisenhower 44; Wenatchee 136, Sunnyside 23
The Panthers dominated the three-team meet in Yakima, winning all but two individual events, including each relay. Jared Vargas (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly) and Alex Baker (200 individual medley, 500 freestyle) both won two events and were members of the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Wenatchee 1813, Sunnyside 1652
Bethany Symonds rolled a high game of 200 to pace the Central Washington Athletic Conference-leading Panthers, who improved to 10-1 with three games to go on their regular season schedule.