The revamped Big Nine league threw a curveball into the prep basketball schedules this season, resulting in teams dueling with each league member three times. That’s added a lot more sizzle to the Wenatchee and Eastmont Bridge of Sportsmanship rivalry, which will be renewed Friday with their final of three regular season doubleheaders at Eastmont.
So far the meetings have been all Wildcats — the EHS girls and boys are both 2-0 against the Panthers. But the records only tell a small portion of the story.
Here are some other telling numbers from the first two times the teams have played:
The number of games that have gone into overtime. The Eastmont girls stormed back from a double-digit deficit to force an extra five minutes at Town Toyota Center on Dec. 14 and win 58-55, and the Wenatchee boys forced a fifth period at home on Jan. 12 before falling 58-50 to the Wildcats.
Average margin of victory in Eastmont’s two girls basketball wins over Wenatchee.
The points per game average of Wenatchee boys star Dillon Sugg against Eastmont this season.
The points per game average of Eastmont boys star Trea Thomas against Wenatchee this season.
The highest point total of a single player of any in the four games. That mark was set by Eastmont sharpshooter Kylie Buterbaugh, who had 14 alone in the fourth quarter and overtime of the Wildcat girls’ Town Toyota Center win.
The average combined point totals of Wenatchee posts Amira Chandler and Ali Sealby against the Wildcats. The Panthers have given the smaller Eastmont girls plenty of trouble in the paint to keep the games close.
Free throws that Eastmont girls guard Nikki Gilbert made down the stretch to help the Wildcats win on Dec. 12. She finished with a game-high 20.
The number of 3-pointers Kai Spencer made to help the Eastmont boys win on Jan. 12. They treys accounted for all 12 of his points.
Total points the Eastmont boys scored in overtime to defeat Wenatchee 58-50 on Dec. 12.