Tonasket girls fall to Omak after strong start

Brent Baker/staff photo
Freshman Jaden Vugteveen provided a spark off the bench for the Tigers in Thursday’s 57-27 loss to Omak.

TONASKET – Tonasket’s girls basketball team couldn’t sustain a solid start on Thursday, Jan. 3, at home against Omak, falling to 57-27 to the Pioneers in their first game of the new year.

The Tigers had their offense clicking int he first quarter, trailing 20-15 after eight minutes as Baylie Tyus and Devan Utt each scored six points.

But the well ran dry after that as the Pioneers went on a 15-3 run to take a 35-18 halftime lead.

The Tigers were unable to make headway in the third quarter and Omak pulled away in the final minutes.

Tonasket scored just 12 points in the final three quarters combined.

Utt led the Tigers (2-9, 0-5 Caribou Trail League) with nine points, with Kylie Dellinger adding seven and Tyus chipping in with six.

Cayden Diefenbach and Shawnee Covington each paced Omak (3-8, 1-4 CTL) with 12 points each.

Tonasket travels to Cascade on Saturday, Jan. 5.

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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