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Yakima Herald-Republic file

Yakima Valley started strong and did just enough to hold on for a 78-76 win over visiting Treasure Valley in its region opener at Sherar Gymnasium.

Kieon Gill scored six of his 14 points and Journey Buba added five of his 15 as the Yaks raced out to a 19-5 lead. They nearly lost it before ending the half on a 12-2 run to take a 43-32 advantage into the locker room.

YVC briefly fell behind twice in the final four minutes, but Sunnyside grad Trey Sanchez hit a 3-pointer to put the Yaks ahead for good with 2:14 remaining. He finished with 13 points and Koby Fulton scored a team-high 15 off the bench for Yakima Valley (4-8 overall, 1-0 NWAC East).

The Yaks hit 43.5% of their 3-pointers and won the rebounding battle 43-29. They'll host Walla Walla on Saturday.

TREASURE VALLEY — Dajon Howe 18, DeVaughn Williams 11, Pogue 2, Zach Phillips 19, White 8, Lupumba 5, Duggan 0, Ziegner 2, Tong 5, Beck 6. Totals 32-70, 2-7, 76.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Trey Sanchez 13, Guillory III 6, Kieon Gill 14, Journey Buba 15, Murphy 6, Gales 6, Strom 0, Koby Fulton 16, Elutilo 0, Dent 2. Totals 29-65 10-16 78.

Halftime—Yakima Valley 43-32. 3-Point goals—TVC 10-27, YVC 10-23 (Gill 4-5, Sanchez 3-8, Raymond Guillory III 1-3, Buba 1-3, Fulton 1-3). Rebounds—TVC 29, YVC 43 (Gill 8, Murphy 7). Assists—TVC 3, YVC 12 (Gill 6). Steals—TVC 7, YVC 6. Turnovers—TVC 10, YVC 19. Total fouls—TVC 14, YVC 11. Fouled out — None.

WESTERN WASHINGTON , CENTRAL WASHINGTON  

CENTRAL WASHINGTON — Davon Bolton 18, Matt Poquette 10, Baker 8, Smith 2, Boykin 0, Micah Pollard 11, Woody 8, Lucas 5, Hudson 3, Staffford 0, Gilson 0. Totals 25-64 16-22 69.

WESTERN WASHINGTON — Trevor Jasinsky 20, Siaan Rojas 12, Minnis 7, Green 6, Schilder 5, RJ Secrest 13, Retherford 9, Anderson 8. Totals 26-59 16-19 80.

Halftime—Western Washington 39-29. 3-Point goals—CWU 3-12 (Bolton 2-4, Jeryn Lucas 1-2), WWU 12-26. Rebounds—CWU 41 (Poquette), WWU 35. Assists—CWU 12, WWU 15. Steals—CWU 3, WWU 9. Turnovers—CWU 15, WWU 12. Total fouls—CWU 18, WWU 21. Fouled out — None.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Yaks roll past Treasure Valley

Dominant defense helped Yakima Valley pull away to beat Treasure Valley 77-57 at home in its first league game of the season.

The Yaks held the Chukars to less than 33% from the field and forced 14 turnovers to overcome a three-minute scoring drought to start the game. Former Toppenish guard Jenni Johnson scored a game-high 17 points off the bench for the Yaks and Wapato graduate Tarryn Hart added 14 points with nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

YVC opened up a nine-point lead at halftime and it never got back to single digits after Johnson opened the second half with a quick jump shot. Former Yakama Tribal standout T'Mesh Mills contributed 12 points and seven rebounds for Yakima Valley (11-3, 1-0), which will look to avenge a November loss to Walla Walla at Sherar Gymnasium on Saturday.

TREASURE VALLEY — Holt 9, Lilly Kelley 15, Hannah Broyles 13, Smith 8, Sammi Jessop 10, Deist 0, Hernandez 2. Totals 20-61, 9-13, 57.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Rasmussen 9, Kalli Willett 10, Aleck 2, Tarryn Hart 14, T'Mesh Mills 12, N. Mills 0, Collins 0, Vasquez 0, Jenni Johnson 17, Skyles 7, Delp 6, Sinclair 0. Totals 34-69 4-5 77.

Treasure Valley=14=15=14=14=—=57

Yakima Valley=15=23=18=21=—=77

3-Point goals—TVC 8-27, YVC 5-18 (Johnson 3-6, Delp 1-4, Rasmussen 1-4). Rebounds—TVC 33, YVC 36 (Hart 9, T. Mills 7). Assists—TVC 5, YVC 21 (Willett 5). Steals—TVC 5, YVC 10. Turnovers—TVC 14, YVC 12. Total fouls—TVC 5, YVC 11. Fouled out — None. 

CWU offense falters in loss

BILLINGS, Mont. — A tough shooting night led to a season-low for Central Washington's offense and a 63-45 loss at Montana State Billings.

The Wildcats kept things close with strong defense until the third quarter, when Billings went on a 16-1 run to take a commanding 24-point lead. Kassidy Malcolm scored a team-high 12 points for Central (7-5, 2-2), which will play at Alaska Anchorage next Thursday.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON — Kassidy Malcolm 12, Alexis Pana 10, Shaw 7, Flores 5, Bowman 1, Phiakhamngon 4, Maeda 2, Brown 2, Williams 2, Richardson 2, Stephens 0, Troy 2. Totals 17-51, 4-16, 45.

MSU BILLINGS — Hannah Collins 15, Lemelin 9, Shelley 7, Manuel 6, Cunningham 4, Shayla Montague 16, St. John 3, Zahn 3, Williams 0, Blakely 0, Gardner 0, Gulick 0, Sams 0, Reny 0. Totals 24-58 4-4 63.

Central Washington=7=16=8=14=—=45

MSU Billings=9=20=27=7=—=63

3-Point goals—CWU 4--16 (Malcolm 2-3, Pana 2-6), MSUB 11-27. Rebounds—CWU 34 (Samantha Bowman 7), MSUB 37. Assists—CWU 4, MSUB 16. Steals—CWU 6, MSUB 10. Turnovers—CWU 19, MSUB 13. Total fouls—CWU 13, MSUB 13. Fouled out — None.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL

WEST VALLEY 63, SHADLE PARK 26: At West Valley, Logan Kinloch scored 23 points in a nonleague game for the Rams, who led 59-18 after three quarters.

James Matheny and Conner Turner totaled 10 points each for West Valley, which will play at Moses Lake on Saturday.

SHADLE PARK — Wrenn 0, Doyle 0, Kehr 2, Sloan 6, Miller 2, Votava 6, Sorweide 8, Wilcox 2, Pugh 0.

WEST VALLEY — Van De Brake, Dorsett 2, D. Kinloch 0, Cluff 2, Schlepp 2, Goldsmith 0, Funk 4, Logan Kinloch 23, James Matheny 10, Finley 4, Conner Turner 10, Groth 0.

Shadle Park=6=7=5=8==26

West Valley=22=15=22=4=—=63

Former Yankee to speak at Beetles banquet

Jim Leyritz, a two-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees, will be the guest speaker at Yakima Youth Baseball's Beetles banquet fundraiser Jan. 11 at the Sozo Sports Complex.

The Yakima Pepsi Beetles will also be honoring the 1979 American Legion World Series champions during the annual event. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a silent auction to follow, and the crab feed will start at 6:30.

Leyritz's MLB career spanned 11 years while playing for the Yankees, Angels, Rangers, Red Sox, Padres and Dodgers. The infielder-catcher hit 90 home runs with 387 RBI from 1990 to 2000.

Tickets are $50 each and $500 for a table of 10.

For tickets and more information, contact Bruce Staley at 509-945-0631 or bjstaley@centurytel.net or Don Dufault at 509-945-6612.

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MEETINGS

La Salle coaches at QBs

La Salle basketball coaches Alyssa Goins and Josh Caffrey and athletic director Don Erickson will be guests of the Yakima Monday Morning Quarterback Club at its weekly luncheon Monday. The meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. at Jack-sons, 48th Avenue and Tieton Drive.

Lunch service will be available, and the public is invited.

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