Friday, January 21, 2005

Community School girls fall to Camas County

Musher McLam tallies 21


Senior Night honorees were Caitlin Cairncross, Jackie Goddard, Blake Ellis and Gussi Ochi. Photo by David N. Seelig

On Senior Night at the Fish Tank, all the Cutthroat upperclassmen found the net, but the night belonged to a junior from Camas County.

Beth McLam tallied a game-high 21 points to lead the Mushers past The Community School, 36-29.

McLam scored 10 of the Mushers 12 points in the first half and dropped in nine of her team's 12 points in the fourth frame to single-handedly lead Camas (3-12, 1-8 league) to its sole conference win of the season. Teammate Samantha Sisiam chipped in 11 points, and Staci Roberts scored 4.

The Cutthroats tried their best to win the game and had the opportunity, but McLam never let up.

Trailing by seven points with five minutes remaining, Blake Ellis (6 points) pulled down a rebound and pumped in a putback for a 29-23 score, but on the next play downcourt, McLam drained a field goal and the ensuing free throws after she was fouled for a 10-point advantage.

Caitlin Cairncross connected on a two-pointer and Ellis sunk an outside shot after a strong rebound by Cody Curran (5 points) to trail 32-27 with 2:16 on the clock.

The Cutthroats whittled Camas' lead to three, 32-29, after Ellis converted sweet bang-bang passes from Jackie Goddard (8 points) and Curran, but a missed free throw and a traveling call stopped the rally in its tracks.

The 5-5 Sisiam drove the lane for a bucket and picked up a foul, drained it and Camas' advantage stood at six with 34 seconds on the clock. Gussi Ochi finished with 4 points.

Dietrich is the site of the Cutthroats (2-8, 1-8 league) final game of the regular season. The girls' varsity tip-off is 6 p.m. The girls' Northside Sub-District 1A tournament starts Wednesday in Shoshone.




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