By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
January 3, 2007
In order to be a polite host the Cascade Locks School had to at least let one opposing team win a championship game in the inaugural Bear Mountain Classic Tournament.
On Thursday night both Pirate teams cruised to easy wins to earn spots in both the girls’ and boys’ championship games. The boys’ team got to cruise again on Friday night when it defeated the C.S. Lewis Watchmen 62-30 to win the boys’ title while the Pirate girls watched another team cruise to the girls’ title when the Jewell Blue Jays defeated them 49-12.
The Watchmen probably would have rather had their eyes closed for much of their game against the Pirates.
Derek Kelly scored 18 points to lead the Pirates while Derrick Harbaugh added 15 points and Chris Taylor and Race Fischer each contributed 8 points to the effort.
The Pirates opened the game getting the ball into the low post with Taylor and Kyle Prowett, which led to complete physical domination of the Watchmen as the game wore on.
The Pirates used a significant rebounding advantage and a tight defense that created turnovers to quickly build a double-digit lead.
“We dictated the tempo and we only had a few blips,” Cascade Locks Coach Phil Nolin said.
Very few blips indeed. Cascade Locks increased its lead every quarter and more than doubled its 15-point halftime lead by the end of the game.
The Pirates’ ability to get the ball inside led to open shots on the perimeter, and Derek Kelley and Harbaugh took advantage, showering the Watchmen defense with outside shots.
“When we have something going in the middle it makes life easier for our shooters,” Nolin said.
As for the Watchmen, the team was left to wonder what happened to its usually reliable shooting.
“We got the shots we wanted from the guys we wanted to shoot it but we just couldn’t get the ball in the hoop,” C.S. Lewis Coach Bruce Toney said. “We’ve been shooting the ball well for the past month and we just could not get anything to go down tonight.”
The Pirates were able to spread the scoring around, getting points from all but two players on their roster, and setting them up nicely to begin league play this week.
“I’m happy with this game coming into league play,” Nolin said. “I don’t have a lot of complaints.”
While the Cascade Locks boys found the going fairly easy in the boys’ championship game the Pirate girls found it significantly less so in the earlier girls’ championship game.
The game brought together two teams who had won their games the previous night by a combined 60 points.
After scoring 40 points the previous night, the Pirates appeared to have left most of their offense on the floor against C.S. Lewis.
Jewell jumped out to a quick 12-3 lead after the end of the first quarter and the hole only got deeper from there on for the Pirates.
In the second quarter the Blue Jays used an effective press to completely disrupt the Cascade Locks offense. While the Pirates attempted to respond with a press of their own, Jewell consistently broke it using long passes for open lay ups, which helped them build a 28-8 halftime lead.
“We got out-hustled,” Cascade Locks Coach Donna Nolin said. “We didn’t play our game and even when we had good shots they just didn’t fall.”
Even with most of its starters out of the game for large stretches of the second half, Jewell held the Pirates to four second half points, two in the third and two in the fourth as Blue Jay defenders constantly jumped into passing lanes to force Cascade Locks turnovers.
Blue Jays Coach Mark Fick was glad his team was able to use the tournament to get back on track after a long layoff.
“We ended right before Christmas with a lot of injuries and we wanted to come out here and get fired up and we did that,” Fick said.
Even though the Pirates lost, Nolin was proud to see her team play hard even though they were down by over 20 points for most of the game, and hopes they use the game as a lesson to get ready for league play.
“The girls kept trying and played hard right to the end,” Nolin said. “Now we just have to regroup.”
Boys All-Tournament team:
Tim Scott-C.S. Lewis
Ivan Soppe-C.S. Lewis
Derrick Harbaugh-Cascade Locks
MVP: Derek Kelley-Cascade Locks
Girls All-Tournament Team:
Danielle Davis-C.S. Lewis
Mikayla Ryan- Cascade Locks
Heather Mohr- Cascade Locks
MVP: Frances Dugan-Jewell