|2/6/2013 1:11:00 PM|
Cascade beats Ouincy, Omak to finish regular season
The Cascade Kodiaks finished off the regular season in fine form against two of the league's weaker teams, Quincy and Omak. Really, the Caribou Trails League was top heavy with quality teams like Brewster, Okanogan, Cashmere, Chelan and Cascade. The bottom dwellers, Tonasket, Omak and Quincy provided little competition.
For the Kodiaks, who had already secured fifth place, the games against the Jacks and Pioneers provided time to prepare for the postseason.
"Those last three games, if you include Tonasket, we were able to work on some halfcourt defense. Work on sprinting back preventing teams from getting fastbreak baskets," said Todd Fraker, Cascade head coach. "We were working on challenging shots, lowering the shooting percentage."
Cascade beat Quincy 36-12 on Jan. 29 at CHS. The Jacks were actually held scoreless in the second and third quarters. Junior Sydney Coffin had 13 points in the win. Last Saturday, Cascade beat Omak on the road 46-33. Junior Gabby Brulotte had 14 points and seven rebounds.
"We had a great stretch against Omak. In the second half, we held them to nine points until the very end. I really feel like we were able to improve our zone defense and man-to-man defense," he said. "Even though our scoring went down, it was almost by design. It was more of a half court game, which is what you see in the playoffs."
Fraker said his objective was to work in his team's weaknesses in the games. They held off pressing, which they typically rely upon. Otherwise, they would have won by 20 or 30 points. Even though the opponents were lesser, Fraker believes his team got something positive from the games.
The Kodiaks finished the regular season 8-6 in league play, behind Brewster (13-1), Chelan (11-3), Okanogan (9-5) and Cashmere (9-5). Cascade played yesterday at Okanogan in the first round of Districts. It was a loser out game. Results were not available before press time.
Bulldog star, senior Kara Staggs was questionable for the game with an injury.
"We are going to prepare as if she is there. I don't want any kind of letdown," he said. "A lot of times when a team's superstar goes down, everybody steps up. As far as I'm concerned, we are playing Okanogan, not Kara Staggs."
Cascade lost at Okanogan 66-45 on Dec. 14. The Kodiaks played the Bulldogs tougher in Leavenworth on Jan. 11, but lost 51-47.
"Based on the last time we played, we match up pretty well," he said. "We worked on some things that will hopefully give us the advantage. The last three games, we have been specifically preparing for Okanogan or Cashmere. We hope that gives us the advantage."
Keys to an upset victory over the defending state champs include limiting turnovers, shooting a decent percentage and winning the rebound battle.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.
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