|2/1/2013 2:05:00 PM|
Losses have Kodiaks in fifth place, facing playoff opener on the road
After losses last week to Cashmere and Chelan, the Cascade Kodiaks look to be stuck in fifth place in the Caribou Trail League. Cascade (6-6) is behind Brewster (11-1), Chelan (10-2), Okanogan (9-3) and Cashmere (8-4) with two games remaining.
"We're fifth place. That's a donely deal. We can't win any tiebreakers. By losing against Cashmere and Chelan, we've solidified fifth place," said Todd Fraker, Cascade head coach. "We are going to work at whatever we've been deficient at and prepare for our game Feb. 5 at Chelan, Cashmere or Okanogan. Our whole season will come down to one game."
District playoffs start on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
After beating Cashmere in Leavenworth on Dec. 18, Fraker knew it would be a much tougher game at Cashmere on Jan. 22, particularly since the Bulldogs welcomed back some players that were injured in the first meeting.
The first quarter was an absolute blitz as the Kodiaks managed on two points. It was 18-2 Cashmere after the first quarter.
"Cashmere came out and blitzed us with the fast break. They got some turnovers and converted those," he said. "They got our missed shots and converted those into fast breaks. They played faster and were able to get lay-ins. We had a pretty rough shooting first quarter."
Cascade drew to within nine points in the second quarter, and Coach Fraker thought he is team would make a game of it. But Cashmere was able to keep up the pressure and disrupt what the Kodiaks were trying to do.
Cashmere led 34-20 at the half. The Bulldogs ran wild in the second half, outscoring the Kodiaks 31-19 to put the game away, 65-39. Junior Sydney Coffin had 21 points to lead the Kodiaks. Cascade shot 35 percent from the field versus 53 percent for Cashmere.
Chelan was also able to avenge a loss to Cascade from previous week with a 60-38 win at Cascade High School last Thursday. The outside shots were not falling, and Chelan was jamming the inside making life tough on the Kodiaks.
Cascade shot just 3-for-23 in the first half as Chelan led 36-15 at the break.
"Chelan was very aggressive. They did a good job of packing it inside and not giving us a lot of room to work," he said. "They sprinted back so we could not get a fast break. It forced us into a half-court offense. Unfortunately, we were not getting shots to fall.
The third quarter saw Chelan expand their led to over 20 points, outscoring the Kodiaks 15-4 to take a 52-19 lead. Cascade won the final quarter, 19-8.
"They really made us work for everything we got," he said. "They tried to do a little half court trapping, but they spend most of the time sprinting back and trying to clog the middle."
Cascade shot 21 percent for the game, including 2-for-16 on threes. Chelan shot 44 percent and 3-for-8 from three. Chelan out-rebounded Cascade 43-37. The Kodiaks had 22 turnovers. Sydney Coffin had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Kodiaks. Chelan center Courtney Dietrich had 25 points and 11 rebounds. Abby Phelps had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Goats.
"We could get Syd the ball. She's really strong, but not as tall as other posts in the league," he said. "That's a little disadvantage. She did a good job of getting to the foul line, but we weren't getting there enough."
Cascade defeated Tonasket (1-11) 41-25 last Saturday in Tonasket. The Kodiaks held the Tigers to single digit scoring in each quarter. Senior Hannah Cowan and sophomore Kaycee O'Brien each had 12 points to lead the Kodiaks.
The Kodiaks shot 38 percent from the field and 2-for-7 from three. Tonasket shot 23 percent from the field and 4-for-23 from three. Cascade out-rebounded Tonasket 40-28.
Heading in the final week of the regular season, Cascade hosted Quincy last night. Results were not available at press time. The Kodiaks finish the regular season Saturday at Omak. The playoff game next Tuesday is loser out, so Fraker plans to have his team prepared.
"We need to look at what was working early in the season that is not working now. What do we need to change to be effective again?," he said. "As a coach, I am looking, watching film. I think the players need to keep working and believing and buying into whatever we come up with as a strategy."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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