Cascade found the league competition tough last week in games against Chelan and Brewster. The Kodiaks played at Chelan on Jan. 15, losing 48-39.
It was an even first quarter, as both teams scored 10. In second quarter, Chelan forged ahead and lead 23-18 at the half. Cascade was within three points with six minutes to go in the third quarter, but then they went on a six minute dry spell.
"We just couldn't buy a bucket. They did a lot more trapping. We had some open looks, we just didn't knock them down," said Micah Rieke, Cascade head coach. "Chelan is very disciplined and their fans really get after you."
The Goats outscored the Kodiaks 19-10 in the third quarter to expand their lead to 42-28. Cascade won the final quarter 11-6, but it was not enough.
Cascade was led by senior Santos Lopez with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Tristin Parton had 10 points. Cascade shot 32 percent from the field, while Chelan shot 37 percent. The Kodiaks were 2-for-9 on threes and 7-for-13 from the line. The Kodiaks out-rebounded the Goats 37-35.
It was special for Coach Rieke matching up against longtime Chelan Coach, Joe Harris, who was the Goat coach during his playing days.
"It was good. He is a great guy. He welcomed me into the coaching fraternity," he said. "He said, keep those boys working hard and believing in themselves."
Cascade hosted Brewster last Friday, losing 53-38. The Kodiaks could not stop Brewster's high scoring freshman guard Timbo Taylor, who drained four threes in the first half. The Bears opened up a 22-13 first quarter lead.
The Kodiaks just could not solve the Brewster defense, as they struggled often just to get off a decent shot. Cascade trailed 34-22 at the half. Shooting woes persisted into the second half as Brewster was able to pull away.
Cascade shot 26 percent from the field, on 13-for-49 shooting.
"We did not shoot well, but that is the best defensive team we've played all year," he said. "They were physical and forced us into bad shots. I will give them a lot of credit. We had to work for every shot. Every shot was contested."
Brewster shot 37 percent from the field, including 6-for-10 on threes. Taylor led with 22. Parton had 13 for Cascade.
"Taylor went 4-for-5 on threes in the first half. We knew that. He scored 28 points against us in Brewster so we knew he was a shooter," he said. "We knew he was a threat and we had to stop him and we didn't. We had some lapses. We have to know their personnel and not their best player go off."
The loss dropped Cascade to 2-and-6 in league play and 4-11 overall. The Kodiaks are in sixth place behind Chelan (8-1), Okanogan (8-1), Brewster (7-3), Cashmere (6-2) and Quincy (3-6).
Last night, Cascade played at Cashmere. Results were not available before press time. Tomorrow, the Kodiaks host Chelan. On Saturday, the team travels to Tonasket. (2-7, 6-7).
"We're going to have to play a really good ball game (at Cashmere). Each person is going to have to check themselves in the mirror and give one of their best performances of the year to beat these guys," he said. "They are a tough team and very well coached. Each guy is going to have to step up offensively and defensively and play the game of their life. See if we can steal one in their house."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.