Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Weekly La Conner High Sports capsule, Jan. 5, 2010

Braves Raves
By Amylynn Richards 
The girls’ team had a down-to-the-wire 48-47 win over the 1A League Coupeville Wolves 48-47 on Tuesday, Dec. 28.
“We came out sluggish and were down 18-23 at halftime,” Coach Marla Quesnell reports, but by the third quarter, “we starting toughing up and going to the ball, but watched ourselves go further in the hole.”
The Braves are known for never giving up when the chips are down, and in the final quarter of the game, the Braves outscored the Wolves 21-10 points, and were down just one point with only five seconds left in the game.
“It was a crazy way to win,” Coach Quesnell said. The other team called a timeout, and the Braves used the time to regroup and plan the final play of the game. Priscilla Ponce-Venegas attempted a long three-point shot with only two seconds to spare, but was fouled by “two or three players,” Quesnell said. The official called a shooting foul. Ponce-Venegas shot two points from the free-throw line with no time left on the clock.
Team highlights: Priscilla Ponce-Venegas, 19 points; Nikki Finley, 11 points; Kelley McClung, 5 points; and Alyssa McCormick, 5 points. 
The girls take on the Darrington Loggers, at home on Friday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m.
The boys’ team went to Coupeville on Tuesday, Dec. 28, beating the 1A league Wolves 65-47.   Coach Scott Novak reports that the game was close in the first half. “We were able to pull away in the middle of the third quarter because of our pressure defense in our full court press.”
Team highlights: Landy James, 20 points; Garrett Wilbur, 12 points; Spencer Novak, 9 points; DJ Carr, 10 rebounds; Kyle McKnight, 5 assists and 4 steals. 
Up next for the Braves is a home game against Darrington on Friday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Braves are 5-2 overall, 2-0 in League, and Darrington is 3-5 overall, and also 2-0 in league.
The Thursday, Dec. 30 wrestling match between the Braves and the Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes got pinned – by the weather.
The match was called off by the Hurricanes because of icy driving conditions.
The wrestling team takes on Darrington and Concrete for a double-duel on Friday, Jan. 7 in Darrington, then to Everett on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Everett Classic.

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