BREWSTER — The Brewster girls basketball team wanted to go unbeaten this season. That’s not going to happen, not after Chelan handed the Bears their first loss of the season on Saturday.
Brewster’s players were able to learn some things about themselves in defeat, however — lessons that they will surely apply to the rest of their season. They knew that they’d have to play very well to beat Okanogan, the defending 1A state champions, on Tuesday, and they were able to do just that — thanks in part to the painful memory of Saturday’s defeat.
After the No. 2 Bears beat the No. 6 Bulldogs 64-58 to clinch the Caribou Trail League regular season championship, they can move on secure in their knowledge that, in the words of head coach Roger Boesel, “the world didn’t end” just because they lost one game.
“We were upset,” said guard Chandler Smith, the league’s scoring leader. “We wanted to go undefeated. But that (loss) just gave us more motivation to get a win tonight, which was good for us — we’re still in first place, and (the loss) showed us that we have to work to continually get better.”
For a while, it appeared as though the Bulldogs might be able to hand Brewster a second consecutive loss. Brewster took an early lead and stretched it to 15 with three minutes, 22 seconds left in the second quarter, but Okanogan’s Kara Staggs led a second-half rally that culminated with the Bulldogs tying the game at 43-43 with six minutes left.
At that point, Brewster (12-1 CTL) responded with a quick 9-0 run that sealed its win. Moments after the contest ended, the Bears learned that Cashmere beat Chelan, thus giving Brewster the league title.
“We had a rough game Saturday, but the kids have busted their tails all year long,” Boesel said. “After (Saturday’s loss) I had a heart-to-heart talk with them, and they were obviously disappointed. But with the way they practiced Monday, I knew that everything was going to be OK.”
The Bulldogs (9-4), who can still finish in second, third or fourth place, will finish their season against Chelan on Friday.
Staggs, who entered the game just behind Smith in the race for the league’s scoring title, finished with 24 points. (Smith led the Bears with 22 points.)
“I’ve got eight girls that play all the time and never give up,” said Bulldogs coach Bryan Boesel, Roger’s brother. “When we got down by (15), I told the girls that they had two options — suck it up and play hard or fold the tent and go home. We battled back and had a chance to win. We wanted to win this game, but we’re in the playoffs, and we’re going to get better.”
Cashmere 50, Chelan 46
Chelan got off to a quick start by hitting buckets beyond the arc in the first quarter, but couldn’t hold off Cashmere.
The Bulldogs went 8-for-12 from the field and outscored Cashmere 16-8 in the third quarter to take the lead and secure the win.
Cascade 36, Quincy 12
Cascade found a way to score points in the second half of a defensive battle marked by turnovers and low shooting percentages for both sides.
Pateros 65, Waterville 36
Lorie LeDoux scored 24 points by shooting 11-for-15 from the field against visiting Waterville. Ten of her points came in the first quarter as Pateros took a 15-2 lead.
Manson 39, Liberty Bell 27
Manson’s lead was never in question with Itzel Castro scoring 23 points and grabbing and eight steals.
Lake Roosevelt 58, Entiat 53 (OT)
Entiat put together a big rally in the second half, outscoring Lake Roosevelt 32-14 and forcing overtime with a 3-pointer by Jaelyn Davis at the buzzer, but couldn’t keep up in overtime.
The Raiders drained back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime and held on to the lead as time expired. Lake Roosevelt’s Rickyna Sam led all scorers with 14 points.