After a messy game against Helix on Thursday, the Stanfield boys will press on in Umatilla’s Columbia River Clash.

The Tigers pushed the Grizzlies into the consolation bracket with a 57-45 win. 

The Tigers got off to a rocky start and trailed the Grizzlies 15-8 at the end of the first quarter. Stanfield rallied back in the second quarter with 15 unanswered points and allowed only three points, as they took a 23-18 lead into the locker room.

“We came out with big heads,” said Tigers head coach Daniel Bailey. “That’s been our problem.”

Stanfield recorded eight more points before Helix sunk eight of their own, five of which came from junior D’Artagnan Carlson. The Grizzlies comeback forced a Tiger timeout.

Helix got within 10 points of Stanfield at the end of the third quarter, and nearly matched the Tigers in total points in the fourth quarter at 12-10. But it wasn’t enough as Stanfield secured the first round win.

Despite the victory, however, head coach Daniel Bailey says he doesn’t consider the game a success.

“It was a poor performance,” he said. “We had 28 turnovers and gave up 20 offensive rebounds. If you ask me, we didn’t deserve to win the game.”

Seniors Elias Esquivel and Fernando Ramirez, and junior Rene Sanchez, led the way for Stanfield with nine points each. Esquivel shot 3-13 for the night, and hopes his team redeems themselves for the next game against Umatilla on Friday.

“Helix really hustled and gave us a game,” said Esquivel, a 6-foot point guard. “We didn’t do a lot well. But we can only go up from here.”

Helix will face Joseph in the consolation bracket on Friday. Coach Zach Orem is more optimistic about his team.

“We’re coming off a three-win season,” he said. “Doing this good against a big, physical 2A school like Stanfield will help us in the league.”


Boys’ hoops

RIVERSIDE 64, KENNEWICK JV 56 — Cristian Rea led with 16 points to claim Riverside’s first win of the season in a match against Kennewick’s JV.

“We need to rebound more,” said coach Clair Costello. “Everyone from here on out will be bigger than us.”

Riverside (1-3) faces Nixyaawii on Friday.

UMATILLA 44, JOSEPH 20 — Although it was a “slow start,” Umatilla recorded a win against Joseph in a home tourney matchup.

Trent Durfey led the team with nine points, and Andrew Earl had eight. The Vikings (3-1) will play Stanfield in round two of the Columbia River Clash on Friday.

NIXYAAWII 67, GRANT UNION 50 - Nixyaawii (4-0) downed the Prospectors to move forward in the Columbia River Clash. They’ll play Riverside on Friday.


Girls’ hoops

RIVERSIDE 43, NIXYAAWII 15 — Youth got the best of the Nixyaawii girls in their tourney match against Riverside. The Pirates turned away the Golden Eagles 43-15 on Thursday.

“Our age really showed,” said Nixyaawii head coach Jeremy Maddern. “We learned a lot today, but still have a lot of fundamentals to learn.”

The Pirates recorded 13 points and held the Golden Eagles scoreless until early in the second quarter when post Lilian Star put her team on the scoreboard with 6:30 left to play.

Riverside wing Faith Rosen and guard Alexis Villegas combined for four more points to give the Pirates a 17-3 halftime lead.

The second half wasn’t much easier for Nixyaawii. Guards Alyssa Tonasket and Susie Patrick each sunk 3-pointers, but couldn’t match Riverside’s 16 points for the quarter.

The Pirates took a 20-point lead early in the fourth quarter at 29-9. Nixyaawii put in six more points, but Rosen, post Megan Hegar, and guard Brendy Avalos held down the Pirates’ offense to maintain the lead down the stretch.

Avalos led Riverside with 11 points. Rosen and Villegas had 10 each. Star recorded four points for the Golden Eagles.

“(Nixyaawii) is a young team, and we played aggressive defense,” said Riverside head coach Clair Costello. “It was good to play full defense with 10 girls. We’re getting there.”

Riverside (2-2) will face Grant Union on Friday. Nixyaawii (3-1) will fall into a consolation match against Mac-Hi.

GRANT UNION 77, MAC-HI 19 — Grant Union claimed the game in quarter one against Mac-Hi on Thursday, and then cruised to a 77-19 win.

Guard Kiley Reichert knocked down a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left in the first quarter, but by that time Grant Union had already scored 29 points.

“(Grant Union was) fast and had good shooters,” Reichert said. “We just weren’t mentally in it. We got off the bus and felt dead. We didn’t play to our full potential.”

Mac-Hi went in short-staffed with players out due to illness and injury. Freshmen Emma Leber and Darby Rhoads were drafted from JV to fill the roster. Leber sank two buckets for the Pioneers in the second quarter when Mac-Hi was outscored 15-6.

“We’ve been fighting through a lot this season,” said Mac-Hi head coach Brooke Michaud. “But our freshmen really stepped it up.”

The Prospectors took a 64-13 lead in the third quarter. Mac-Hi managed to score six points in the final quarter.

“We started out flat in the first quarter, but improved as the game went on,” Michaud said. “Grant Union is traditionally a tough program. We’re rebuilding this year.”

Mac-Hi (0-5) plays Nixyaawii in a Friday consolation match.

JOSEPH 45, UMATILLA 27 — Umatilla couldn’t muster a home win in the opening round of the Columbia River Clash and lost to Joseph on Thursday. 

The Vikings (0-4) move to the consolation bracket, where they’ll play Stanfield on Friday.

HELIX 51, STANFIELD 48 — Kyleen Stahancyk scored a bucket and a foul shot in overtime as Helix held off Stanfield on Thursday.

Hannah Christman led the Grizzlies with 10 points. Megan Wampler posted a tripled-double for the Tigers with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.

Helix (1-2) plays Joseph on Friday. Stanfield (1-4) will play Umatilla in a consolation game.

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