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LONGVIEW — Maintaining a high-energy style of play for 40 minutes often proved to be a challenge last season for a Yakima Valley roster with limited depth.

The Yaks proved they’re in better shape early this year by erasing a second-half deficit to beat Olympia 88-79 and pick up their first win of the season. Freshman Chris Murphy came off the bench and scored 16 of his 18 points after halftime while only missing two of his 10 shots on the night.

Eight different players saw at least 12 minutes of action and freshman Kieon Gill scored a game-high 26 points off the bench. Raymond Guillory III never left the court and finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

YVC fell behind 13-3 and trailed 51-46 before going on an 11-0 run. The Yaks (1-1) forced 30 turnovers and will face Centralia for fourth place at the Red Devil Classic on Sunday.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Raymond Guillory III 21, Sanchez 7, Buba 4, Elutilo 3, Strom 1, Kieon Gill 26, Chris Murphy 18, Fulton 8, Ali Mapp 0, Dent 0. Totals 28-62 24-33 88.

OLYMPIC — Russell Whealdon 17, Eli Reynolds 16, Zac Olmsted 14, Stewart 8, Edwards 7, Wiliford 9, Upshaw 8, Villanueva 0, Morgan 0, Tate 0. Totals 26-65 15-19 79.

Halftime—Olympic 38-36. 3-Point goals—YVC 8-19, OC 12-32. Rebounds—YVC 31, OC 40. Assists—YVC 12, OC 18. Steals—YVC 15, OC 6. Turnovers—YVC 19, OC 30. Total fouls—YVC 18, OC 25.

  

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Pana hits 28 in CWU loss

DENVER — A fourth-quarter lead disappeared and a game-tying shot missed at the buzzer in Central Washington’s 69-67 loss to host Metro State Denver on the second day of the women’s Cherry Creek Classic.

Senior guard Alexis Pana scored a game-high 28 points for Central, which fell to 3-3 heading into the GNAC opener at home against Seattle Pacific on Thursday.

Former Zillah forward Samantha Bowman scored 10 points and hit the Wildcats’ last field goal with 4:47 remaining to put them ahead 63-59.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON — Alexis Pana 28, Taylor Shaw 10, Samantha Bowman 10, Flores 6, Phiakhamngon 2, Jonnae Richardson 11, Maeda 0, Troy 0. 20-57 20-24 67

METRO STATE — Bree Wellington 11, Maggie Justinak 10, Galloway 9, Richardson 9, Schroeder 8, Morgan Lewis 11, Harvey 9, Lucero 2, Toia 0, Bernales 0. Totals 25-58 12-17 69.

CWU 21 15 19 12 — 67
Metro State 17 19 15 18 — 69

3-Point goals—CWU 7-26, MSUD 7-20. Rebounds—CWU 36, MSUD 36. Assists—CWU 11, MSUD 17. Steals—CWU 5, MSUD 2. Turnovers—CWU 7, MSUD 8. Total fouls—CWU 17, MSUD 18.

   

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

NONLEAGUE

MEAD 62, DAVIS 49: At Mead, freshman Neveah Patterson scored 15 points with a pair of 3-pointers and Lochlyn Hoberg netted 12 points in the Pirates’ season opener.

Davis plays two games on the road next week before its home opener on Dec. 15 against Kamiakin.

DAVIS — Schloss 2, Munoz 2, A. Rodriguez 5, Valentinez 5, S. Rodriguez 6, Nevaeh Patterson 15, Lochlyn Hoberg 12, Trimble 2.

MEAD — K. Momberg 4, Alicia Suggs 15, Mattox 1, Barnufsky 0, Moore 5, Braun 4, Joelnell Momberg 15, Burns 4, Melendez 4, Riggs 2, Hutchinson 8.

Davis 8 17 9 15 — 49
Mead 13 22 14 13 — 62

Davis highlights: Hoberg 11 rebounds, S. Rodriguez 4 steals, Patterson 4 assists, 4 steals.

Reach Luke Thompson at luthompson@yakimaherald.com and on Twitter: @luketscribe