A furious fourth-quarter comeback gave The Commu-nity School girls' basketball team an exciting 34-32 win over the Camas County Mushers on Tuesday in the Fish Tank.
It was the fourth win in five games for the surging Cut-throats (4-4 overall). And it was Sun Valley's first Northside Conference win of the year.
Senior post player Natalie Goddard (14 points, 8 rebounds) again led the way, scoring 10 of her team's 18 points during the decisive fourth quarter.
Ella Marks continued to shine (10 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals) in what is becoming a breakout season for the tal-ented Cutthroat sophomore.
Chelsea Cloud, whose two steals late in the game helped turn the tide, added another strong game (6 points, 4 re-bounds, 5 steals) to her impres-sive senior season.
Taylor Figge (2 points, 1 re-bound) and Chloe Chrysiko-poulos (2 points) rounded out the hosts' scoring. Stephanie Moore led the Mushers with 15 points.
After staying level with the Mushers for a quarter, the Cut-throats watched the visitors from Fairfield race out to a 28-16 lead over the next two quar-ters, courtesy of a 20-8 run.
With turnovers and cold shooting hampering their ef-forts, it looked like a 12-point deficit heading into the final quarter would be too much for the Cutthroats to overcome.
Then, the improbable hap-pened. Shots started dropping, passes became crisp, and over the first four minutes of the final quarter the hosts' went on a 14-2 spurt to tie the game.
Cutthroat coach Erika Con-nelly credited her team's de-fense for changing the game, adding, "We began stopping them in the fourth quarter, and our shots started dropping. Chelsea's defense was the big-gest factor, though. She was outstanding in the game."
The Cutthroats played last night at conference power Richfield, and host their next game at the Fish Tank on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. against the Carey Panthers.
Later Tuesday, Henry Rick-beil's huge 11-point, 16-rebound second half kept his team within striking distance, but The Community School fell just short to the Camas Mushers on Tuesday in the Fish Tank.
The 45-42 loss turned out to be another case of "good per-formance, bad result" for the hosts, who rely on a cadre of freshmen to support Rickbeil. He is fast becoming one of the conference's top post players.
The Cutthroats have been building for the future this sea-son. Based on the number of close games they have played, the future could be bright.
A junior, Rickbeil (19 points, 21 rebounds against Camas) has been a forceful leader in the paint this year. Sophomore Colton Sholtis had his most active game of the season (9 points, 4 rebounds) and the team's only senior, Eli Albar-ran (8 points), dropped a couple long-range three-pointers.
Freshmen Doug Dufur, Nick Krekow and Nick Wright each scored a basket to complete the scoring for the Cutthroats. An-drew Simon led the Mushers with 16 points and Davey Knowlton added 14 points.
But, the story on the night was the outstanding play of Rickbeil. He dominated the boards in the second half by grabbing all but one of the Cut-throats' rebounds.
Coach Erik Olson was as excited in defeat as a coach can be because of his post-player's heroics. "The only way this could be better is with a win," said the first-year coach. "Henry is doing everything we ask of him and the other play-ers are really growing. We're excited, even in defeat."
The Cutthroat boys (1-6 overall, 0-2 league) play tonight at Richfield and next play at home on Jan. 25 against Carey.