Cheney girls still seeking first victory for new coach


The Cheney High girls basketball team finished the first week of play shy one thing – its first win. The Lady Hawks dropped a pair of opening games last week, losing 42-32 on the road against Idaho 4A Lakeland Tuesday and then 56-16 to Ellensburg Saturday in the home opener.

Tuesday in Rathdrum against the Hawks, Cheney played well in the first half en route to a 23-13 halftime lead. In the second half the Lady Hawks went cold from the field, scoring just nine points and getting outscored 17-5 in the fourth quarter, and losing a seven-point lead with less than five minutes to play as Lakeland rallied for the win.

Kendyl Cone led Cheney in scoring with eight points while Kayla Lemelin added six.

Saturday the Lady Hawks couldn’t find the net, getting blanked by the Bulldogs 15-0 in the first quarter and trailing 34-7 at the half to a team that dispatched fellow Great Northern League opponent Pullman 50-27 one day earlier.

Megan McDowell and Shyann Morton each had five points for the Lady Hawks.

Cheney will go in search of its first win Tuesday night, traveling to Reardan to take on the defending 2B state champion Indians, results next week.

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