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By John McCallum

Finally – Lady Hawks win at Clarkston

Cheney notches first road win against the Bantams since 1993


It may not be the same Clarkston team that won the 2A state girls basketball title last week, but that didn’t make the Cheney Lady Hawks win over the Bantams last Friday any less sweet.

Cheney had one of its best offensive nights this season, shooting 49 percent from the field – including 62 percent from 3-point range – and hauling down 16 offensive rebounds, rallying from a four-point halftime deficit to down Clarkston 66-62. It’s the Lady Hawks first win in the Bantams home gym since 1993.

According to team statistics Chae Brown and Coreen Labish led Cheney with 26 and 19 points a piece, including a pair of key 3-pointers each as the Lady Hawks went 5 for 8 beyond the arc. Labish hauled down 16 rebounds, evenly split offensively and defensively, while going 9 for 17 at the free throw line.

Brown had six of Cheney’s nine steals while the Lady Hawks committed 12 turnovers. The Lady Hawks were 16 of 35 from 2-point range overall and 19 of 35 from the line, collecting 35 rebounds.

The physical nature of the game was evident the following evening in Deer Park. A quicker than normal turn around – the Lady Hawks went from playing the late game at Clarkston to the early game against Deer Park – helped put lead in Cheney’s legs, going 16 for 52 from the field in their 39-21 win over the Stags.

Brown led all scorers with 14 points as Cheney blanked Deer Park in the second quarter for a 16-2 halftime lead and were never threatened. Cheney was 15 of 47 from 2-point range, just 1 for 5 from 3 and 6 for 14 from the line.

The Lady Hawks again hauled down 35 rebounds, 16 offensively, while committing just seven turnovers. Brown had half of Cheney’s 14 steals.

The wins moved Cheney into fifth place in the Great Northern League standings at 3-4, 5-8 overall, two games ahead of Clarkston and three ahead of Deer Park but a half-game back of Colville (3-3, 7-7). The Lady Hawks have a chance to improve on their second two-game wining streak of the season, but it will be a tough task.

Cheney hosts league co-leader Pullman (6-1, 10-5) Tuesday, results next week, and then travels to face the other co-leader West Valley (6-1, 10-5) Friday. Cheney lost their first hookups with both teams, 64-39 Jan. 5 at Pullman and 58-31 Jan. 11 against the Eagles.

The Lady Hawks step out of league play for a non-league hook up Saturday with Medical Lake, taking on the Cardinals (2-6 sixth Northeast A, 6-10) in the annual Spirit Game.

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