The Cascade Kodiaks girls basketball team opened the season last Saturday with a convincing 56-35 win at Sultan. The Kodiaks jumped out to a 14-2 first quarter lead and never looked back.
"I was really happy the way the girls played. They played with the same energy from summer," said Todd Fraker, Cascade head coach. "They were all over the floor, playing their hearts out. We had a great start."
Cascade shot poorly in the first half, just 5-for-29. But the defense held the Turks to only 2-for-27 first half shooting. The Kodiaks lead 21-8 at the break.
"We had a pretty dominate first half. The girls were flying around the court," he said. "I was so impressed with the energy and effort. I am really pleased with that as our first game."
Sultan picked up their game in the third quarter, as Cascade outscored the Turks 15-14 in the frame. But the Kodiaks kept their foot on the gas pedal in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Turks 20-13.
"One thing I was impressed with...I called a timeout when we were up 15. I reminded the team to execute down the stretch. All of a sudden, we are up 21. Finishing strong is great."
Fraker said sophomores Johnna Rieke and Kaycee O'Brien did a great job of getting the team into the offense. Three girls were in double figures. Junior Sydney Coffin had 15 points and seven rebounds. Rieke scored 11 points and had 11 boards. Junior Gabby Brulotte had 10 points and eight rebounds. Senior Hannah Cowan had a solid game with seven points and nine rebounds.
Cascade shot 29 percent for the game, and was 0-for-5 on 3-point shots. The Kodiaks out-rebounded the Turks 46-44. Cascade had nine turnovers versus 19 for Sultan. Cascade was excellent from the free throw line, going 20-for-29. The Turks shot 26 percent from the field, and was 1-for-8 on threes.
Last night Cascade played at Cle Elum. Results were not available before press time. On Saturday, Cascade hosts Riverside Christian. On Tuesday, Royal comes to Leavenworth.
"We want to focus on ourselves. We have only four non-league games, so I am focused on us," he said. "There are a few things I would like to sharpen up. I would like to slow down and be a little more deliberate in how we shoot and attack. We want to make sure we have all the things in before league starts."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.