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Battle for the Owens Valley, basketball edition

Bishop Union takes 3 of 4 from Lone Pine

by Arnie Palu

The Lone Pine Golden Eagles varsity boys basketball team held off a Bronco outside shooting attack winning 71-57 Tuesday night.  The Golden Eagle Varsity Boys victory kept Bishop Union from sweeping the series of games at Bishop’s Gus Klekas Gym.   Lone Pine’s Ryan Cappello scored 11 of his game high 24 points in the Golden Eagle’s 29 point 4th quarter.   Bishop was paced by junior Sean Brown who connected on seven three point baskets.  The Broncos hit fourteen 3’s on the night.

Varsity Boys
.     .               .    1st        2nd       3rd         4th      final
Lone Pine      16        16          10          29           71
Bishop Un.    10        10          20          17          57

Great free-throw shooting and clutch play by senior Ryan Cappello were key in Lone Pine’s 71-57 win.  Cappello hit 10 of 12 from the line including 5 of 6 in the Golden Eagles big 4th quarter.  Cappello had the look of a senior who would not be denied in the games final minutes.  Ryan finished with a game high 25 points, 11 in the fourth quarter.
Lone Pine led 32-20 at the half, but that lead quickly evaporated as the Broncos heated up from long range.  Sean Brown connected on a trio of three point shots in the third quarter giving Bishop the lead.  The Broncos doubled up Lone Pine in the third, outscoring the Golden Eagles 20-10.  A Brad Greene three point play with 30 seconds left in the 3rd quarter kept Lone Pine on top, 42-40.
In the forth quarter Bishop’s Sean Brown and Andrew Allen both hit a pair of three’s keeping Bishop close, and senior Ziggy Armitage drilled a three to tie the game at 52-52 with 5 minutes to play.  But with the game on the line Lone Pine’s stars stole the show.  Brad Greene, Ryan Cappello, and Garrett Sullivan saved their best for last.  Sullivan completed a three-point play early in the quarter, Greene cleared the boards while scoring seven of his 23 points, and Cappello took over the game pouring in 11 points.  The trio combined to connect on 9 of 10 fourth quarter free-throws.

Individual Scoring
Lone Pine
Ryan Cappello, 24. Brad Greene, 23. Garrett Sullivan, 14. Kishan Bhakta, 6. Adrian Gonzalez, 4.
Bishop Union
Sean Brown, 23. Andrew Allen, 9. Ziggy Armitage, 7. Mike Molina,7. Tommy Ruelas, 6. Anthony Vega, 3. Daniel Olsen, 2.


Varsity Girls
                              1st        2nd       3rd         4th      final
Lone Pine      6                5             4            0             15
Bishop Un.    15           10          11          11          47

The Bishop Union varsity girls used a strong defensive effort winning 47-15.  The Bronco “D” held Lone Pine to 4 points in the 3rd quarter and shut them out in the games final 8 minutes.  Senior Maria Jimenez was high point with 16.


Individual Scoring
Bishop Union
Maria Jimenez, 16. LIitle Eva Lent, 10. Topah Scherer, 9. Sabrina Barlow, 5.  Drew Dondero, 4.  Cienna Martinez, 3.
Lone Pine
Katelyn Button, 5 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals. Lena Cariou, 3 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Katie Lacy, 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals. Shyann Padilla, 2 points, 4 blocks. Niki Martinez, 1 point, 4 rebounds. Jessianne Joiner, 1 point, 2 rebounds, 3 blocks. Celia Ray, 1 assist, 3 steals.

Lone Pine Coach Clint Quilter, “While the ladies still struggled to score. They gave excellent effort the entire game. I was very proud of the fact that they reduced committed 51% fewer turnovers as compared to their first game against Paraclete ”

Junior Varsity Boys
Lone Pine    20
Bishop Un.  66

Bishop Union Individual statistics.
Trace Sapp, 13 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assist. Moran West,  12 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assist. Izaak Morganstein, 12 points,  2 rebounds 2 assist. Canyon Martinez,  7points, 2 assists. Sam Moose, 8 points,  2 rebounds. Ed Piper,  8 points,  3 rebounds, 1 assist. Jalen Watterson,  2 points,  5 rebounds 3 assist. Carson Eldridge 4 points,  9 rebounds. Cal Omohundro, 4 rebounds.

Junior Varsity Girls
Lone Pine    27
Bishop Un.  34

Bishop Union Coach Tammy Spoonhunter, “The girls did very well, they were able to stay in a tight game all the way through to the 4th quarter, then they started to attack the basket and pulled away in the 4th quarter.  They never gave up. The defense was working very well and we were able to stop the eagles from scoring.  Overall they played a really great game.”

Bishop Individual Scoring
Julie Cepeda, 13 points. Darline Haro,  4 points. Morningstar Lent 9 points. Gracie Soto, 8 points.

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