Lady Raiders win two
Riley Epperson gets the ball down court in the White Swan game. - Scott Hunter photo
The Lady Raiders beat Manson and Kittitas last week, before losing to White Swan Saturday at home.
With the two wins, the Lake Roosevelt team improved their overall win-loss record to 4-7, and to 2-1 in Central Washington 2B play.
The Lady Raiders hosted the Manson Trojans Jan. 14, for their league opener. LR suffered a setback early as Keya FastHorse left the game with an injury within a minute of the game starting.
"When Keya got injured, it was like when Katelynn (Schilling) went down and the girls look around saying 'who do we turn to?' " Head Coach Wallace Pleasants said. "Lachelle Bearcub, Alana (Epperson), and Riley (Epperson) stepped up to lead the team and finish the game."
The Lady Raiders came away with a 45-40 win over the Trojans.
"It was an excellent win for team leadership," Pleasants said.
Next, the Lady Raiders travelled to Kittitas Jan. 17 to take on the Coyotes.
Coach Pleasants liked how the three leaders continued to play hard and not back down from their leadership roles.
Bearcub posted another double-double at Kittitas, scoring 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Riley Epperson scored eight points and sister Alana racked up 14.
Pleasants said he saw great passing from freshmen Marque Wilson and Mysti Dick and noticed them becoming comfortable with the systems and their roles on the team. The Lady Raiders defeated the Coyotes 52-42.
On a two-game win streak, the Lady Raiders came back home Saturday to take on league favorite White Swan in a rescheduled matchup.
The Lady Raiders fell behind early as the Cougars opened the game with a 12-0 run. LR answered back with a 9-0 run of their own to close the gap to three points.
That would be the closest the Lady Raiders would come to the Cougars, who dominated the rest of the game and defeated LR 70-35.
"We played a decent game against them, but we showed our fatigue from playing a tough physical game last night against Kittitas," Pleasants said. "We did stay composed and did not allow the game to get worse."
Last night the Lady Raiders travelled to Liberty Bell to take on the struggling Mountain Lions, who have won only two games this season, with many losses by 25 or more points. Now LR is preparing for Friday's game against the CWL 2B North-leading Oroville Hornets, for whom coach Pleasants has a great deal of respect and for whom last season's points and rebound leader is still playing post. The Hornets come into Friday's game 7-5 and 3-0. Tip off is at 6 p.m at Gailord Nelson Gym.
Adolph 0, Bearcub 20, Dick 0, A. Epperson 7, R. Epperson 14, FastHorse 0, Moon 2, Picard 2, Wilson 0
vs White Swan
Adolph 0, Bearcub 14, Dick 0, Ensminger 1, A. Epperson 6, R. Epperson 8, Moon 0, Picard 0, Wilson 4