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Cossatot River Lady Eagles win conference championship- knocking off highly regarded Danville

Friday night, Cossatot River gymnasium hosted a top ten senior girls match-up between the #2 ranked Danville Little Johns and the #8 ranked Cossatot River Lady Eagles in action heard live on KENA 104.1.

The Danville Little Johns came into the game 23-1 on the season and on a 22-game winning streak. However, the Lady Eagles have been flying high lately, after winning six of their last seven games, and the Lady Eagles claimed the 7-2A conference championship on Thursday night with a win over Dierks.

Cossatot River jumped out to a six-point lead in the first period against Danville. Rhyen Martin and Ashlen Gonzalez led with six-points each in the opening quarter.

The Lady Eagles led 31-14 at the half by playing an aggressive one-three-one zone defense that extended into a full-court press.

In the third quarter, the Little Johns outscored the Lady Eagles by two, but weren’t able to slow down Gonzalez and Martin. Cossatot River lead 45-30 after three periods of play.

In the fourth and final period, Cossatot River turned up the defensive heat and converted several Little John turnovers into points.

Cossatot River upset the Danville Little Johns 59-38 to improve to 21-9 on the season. The Lady Eagles will be the number one seed in the 7-2A district tournament this week in Horatio.

Gonzalez was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with 20 points, while Martin added 18. Kayla Richardson was also in double figures with 10 points.

The leading scorer for the Little Johns was Hally Rial.

In the boys game, the Danville Little Johns defeated the Cossatot River Eagles 52-41.

The Little Johns used a stingy defense to shutdown Cossatot’s Brian Strother. However, Trenton Rosson led the Eagles with 16 points. Thirteen of Rosson’s points came in the second half.

Cossatot River and Danville were tied after the first period, but the Little Johns slowly pulled away from the Eagles to claim the 11 point victory.

On Thursday night, Cossatot River took two out of three from Dierks at home in action heard live on KENA 104.1.

The Lady Eagles wrapped up the conference championship with a 13-1 record in league play with a 47-22 win over the Lady Outlaws. The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 20-7 lead, took a commanding 22 point lead into the locker room at half, and cruised to the 25 point victory. Ashlen Gonzalez was the leading scorer with 20. Rhyen Martin and Kayla Richardson had eight each.

In the boys action, upset-minded Cossatot River jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first period. The Outlaws cut the lead to four at the half. Dierks hit some key shots late in the contest to squeak out the 41-39 victory. Brian Strother led the Eagles with 18. Garrett Watkins scored 12 on four three-pointers. Kaden Helms led the Outlaws with 13.

Cossatot River won the junior girls contest over Dierks 36-14.

On Tuesday night, January 29th, Cossatot River dropped two out of three at Acorn. The Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Tigers 74-61 as Ashlen Gonzalez led with 22. Rhyen Martin chipped in with 21. Kaylin McKee added 17. Makayla Anderson led the Lady Tigers with 15 on five three point baskets. Sophie Jackson added 13, and Ashlynn Bissell contributed 11.

In senior boys action, Acorn defeated the Eagles 52-39. Leo Jacinto led the Tigers with 14. Jeremiah Swint and Matthew Chaney had 12 each for the Eagles.

In the junior girls contest, Acorn defeated Cossatot River 51-33 as Sunshine Butterfield exploded for 31 points.

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