OKANOGAN – With a 72-67 win on Friday night in Caribou Trail League action against Cashmere, Friday, Okanogan took the top of the CTL.
Playing ahead for most of the game Okanogan’s Gage Wilson scored a game high 28 points, Martin Grooms added 17 and Colville tribal descendant Kolby Picard chipped in six points.
“It was a big win for us,” said Mike Carlquist, head coach for Okanogan.
The last time these two schools played, Cashmere won 93-84 on Dec. 13.
Okanogan moves to the top spot in the Caribou Trail with a 7-1 league record and 12-3 overall record. Cashmere suffers their first league loss as they are 5-1 in league and 10-3 overall.
Both teams came out firing early on as Okanogan would take a 24-18 lead after the first quarter. Cashmere would try to narrow the gap but would still find themselves trailing at halftime by six points (38-32).
Cashmere made their run in the third quarter, eventually getting to within two points of Okanogan (54-52) heading into the fourth quarter.
Mid-way through the fourth, Cashmere took a 60-59 lead with 3:51 seconds left.
“We let them back in the game,” said Carlquist. “We were stagnant and not moving well against their zone.”
After seeing Cashmere jump ahead by a point, Okanogan regrouped and took back a two-point lead (62-20) with 3:43 left in the game.
Cashmere would tie it up at 63 all with 1:31 left but Okanogan would eventually grind out a five point (72-67) win over their rivals.
“It was a good win for us,” said Carlquist.
Okanogan now controls their own destiny with the season winding down.