The Lady Tornados continued their hot streak on Wednesday, Jan. 5 as they defeated the River Ridge Hawks 69-35 on the road, but later lost to North Thurston.
At the end of the first quarter, the ladies dominantly led the Hawks by 25-5.
Swarming defense, and opportunistic offense was an early trend for the Tornados. Going into halftime, they led 42-9. Due to the large lead, the bench was able to get extended playing time in the victory.
The team’s strong performance continued throughout the remainder of the game, as the Lady Tornados outscored River Ridge 29-24 in the second half, resulting in a 69-35 win.
Scoring for Yelm was Sadie Tanner with 24 points and Angelica Askey with 16.
In their next matchup on Friday, Jan. 7, the ladies lost to North Thurston by a score of 51-40.
“The North Thurston game was a tough battle coming off of a long week,” said coach Jennifer Sleeman.
Lilli Williams led the Tornados with 17 points, and displayed great leadership throughout the game, while Henlee Sherman added 10 rebounds.
“We didn’t come as prepared as we should’ve been after being on a long break. We will be prepared for the next game,” Sleeman said. “When we don’t win, we learn.”
The Lady Tornados (5-2, 4-1 in conference play) look to bounce back as they participate in a series of away games. They traveled to Gig Harbor on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and head to Central Kitsap on Friday, Jan. 14.
Meanwhile, the boys basketball team is starting to build momentum. In their home matchup against River Ridge on Jan. 5, the boys won with a score of 71-63. The win snapped a five-game losing streak, and notched their first win of the season during the league game.
Leading in scoring for the Tornados was Marius Aalona with 31 points. Trevontay Smith scored 13 points and Damian Aalona added 12.
On Friday, Jan. 7, the Tornados traveled to North Thurston in a South Sound Conference matchup and found similar success.
The Yelm boys were able to get some big time stops defensively and defeated the Rams 57-51. Leading the Tornados in scoring was Smith with 28 points.
The team improved their record to 2-5, 2-3 in conference play. They played Gig Harbor on Wednesday, Jan. 12 and are set to face Central Kitsap at home on Friday, Jan. 14.
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