Staff Reporter 

Double defeats have bright side for Medical Lake girls

Cardinal girls suffer rare back-to-back losses at WV tourney


January 3, 2019

The last time the Medical Lake girls lost two basketball games in a row was last March when the Cardinals saw their undefeated season end and dreams of a state championship evaporate at the Sun Dome in Yakima.

That rarity occurred again last week at the Eagle Holiday Classic at West Valley High School where Medical Lake dropped a 61-55 matchup to powerful 2A opponent East Valley on Dec. 28. That was followed by a 65-35 humbling from Intermountain League leader Timberlake from Spirit Lake, Dec. 29.

Medical Lake (3-0 Northeast A, 6-3 overall) lost a 44-41 lead after three quarters to East Valley (11-1) as the Knights finished with a 20-11 final quarter edge.

“Being a nonleague game was a bonus so it doesn’t hurt our league chances,” Medical Lake head coach Kyle Lundberg wrote in an email. “However, once again, it’s a good opportunity to see what we need to fix and get better at moving forward.”

Jess Lohman and Lexie Redell shared the team lead in points with 12 apiece while Emma Maxwell added 11. Brie Holecek had 18 for East Valley.

Timberlake (11-1) led 25-15 at halftime and never let up, putting the game away with a 20-4 third-quarter edge. Redell led the Cardinals with 16 points, the only player on her team in double figures. Timberlake’s Taryn Soumas led all players with 18 points.

“In the EV game our girls battled and played so hard, I think on Saturday against Timberlake the girls were a bit tired and emotionally drained,” Lundberg said.

Medical Lake will work to keep their Northeast A League record perfect when they entertain Deer Park (2-2, 8-3) Jan. 4 at 7:15 p.m. It’s the first of a string of four home games in their next five outings. The Cardinals host 1A Cashmere from the Caribou Trail League in a nonleague game, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m.

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