Big Bend can't overcome Spokane's second-half shooting in loss

The Lady Vikings have yet to pick up a conference win. They hope to get their first win on Wednesday when they host Col;Columbia Basin College.

Connor Vanerweyst
Columbia Basin Herald

MOSES LAKE — The scoreboard doesn't care about grit.

Big Bend fought for every loose ball, drew fouls and stayed in the game with a depleted roster, but Spokane was able to sink too many 3-pointers in the second half. The Vikings lost 86-74 to drop to 0-2 in the Northwest Athletic Conference East.

Down 11 at halftime, Big Bend ratcheted up its defense and held Spokane to three points halfway through the third quarter. However, the Sasquatch regained their shooting touch the rest of the third quarter and pushed the lead back up to 15 points entering the fourth quarter.

The Vikings had one more run.

Behind a team-high 25 points from Kayla Luke, the Vikings were able to trim the deficit to three points with just over six minutes to play; a Maelyn Mace 3-pointer made the score 69-66. Spokane answered with consecutive outside shots from Koyama Young — who was the game's top scorer with 28 points — and Ephrata graduate Katelyn Ostrowski.

Big Bend was unable to rally one more time and fell behind by double digits again. Ostrowski hit both of her 3-pointers in the second half and finished with six points. Moses Lake High School graduate Kendyl Crum came off Spokane's bench to score two points.

Moses Lake Christian graduate Anna Yarbro posted a 10 point, 10 rebound double-double for Big Bend. Mace scored 15 points and Savana Stephenson had 13.

Big Bend out-rebounded Spokane 29-26 and drew 19 fouls.

The Lady Vikings (8-7, 0-2) will try and rebound on Wednesday when they play host to Columbia Basin College (4-10, 1-1). Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. If you can't make it out to campus, you can stream the game live on the NWAC Sports Network.

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