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Red Wolves finally put together four quarters
DUVALLJust when Cedarcrest coach Ray LaBate was ready to
play his younger players with an eye toward next year, the Red Wolves picked
up their first win of the year and their first KingCo victory in two seasons.
The win came Friday night when Cedarcrest hosted the Liberty
Patriots. Senior Michael Smith led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds
as Cedarcrest (1-10, 1-17) held on for a convincing 82-75 win.
"The team played like they had been together for years," LaBate
said after the contest. "Everything was falling and we played exceptional
defense to hold off a late Liberty rally."
Five players scored eight or more points for Cedarcrest. Junior
James Conrick had eight rebounds to go along with his 16 points, including
an incredible 11-for-12 from the foul line in the second half. Junior Nick
Rich contributed 13 points, mostly from the outside.
Seniors Morgan Henley and Jeff Coy scored nine and eight points,
respectively, while Brett Devries added eight more.
"The team has worked hard to learn the new offense, and this win
was the result of their dedication and hard work during some pretty hard
times," said LaBate.
Earlier in the week the Red Wolves lost their 37th game in 38 contests
over two seasons when they dropped a 77-36 decision to
playoff-bound Sammamish. Smith scored 20 against the Totems, but no other Red
Wolf player had over four points.
Smith's week kept him among the top 10 scorers in the KingCo
conference. His average of 14.4 points per game ranks him seventh among
the league's best producers.
This week the Red Wolves wrap up their first campaign under
Coach LaBate. On Tuesday Cedarcrest traveled to Snoqualmie for a rematch
with the high-flying Mount Si Wildcats. They'll conclude the season at
home on Friday against Interlake.
"With our new-found confidence and the way these guys have
been playing, you never know what might happen," LaBate said with a sly smile.