MOSES LAKE - Moses Lake Christian Academy girls’ basketball captured the Lions annual Christmas Tournament with a 57-49 win over Touchet Saturday.
“I’m proud of the team for winning the tournament,” coach Jessica Anissipour said. “But we played rather sloppy, and I expect more out of the girls than what they displayed on the court this past weekend.”
The Lions proved to be a superior opponent in Game 1 as Moses Lake Christian blew past Warden 54-40 to open tournament play Friday night.
The Lions jumped out to a 31-14 halftime lead, but were outscored 19-14 in the third quarter as the Cougars tried to make a game of it. But Warden managed to hang just seven points on the board in the last eight minutes of the game and lost the contest by 14.
Anna Yarbro led all scorers with 28 points. She also pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds. The win put the Lions into the championship game against Touchet. The Indians turned in a gritty performance against the Lions, but dropped the contest 57-49.
“Touchet really only had one girl we needed to concern ourselves with,” Anissipour said. “She was lights-out midway through the third and into the fourth quarter, so I put Kyersten (Hunt) on her and she shut her down and got her to foul out of the game.”
Yarbro led the way again for Moses Lake Christian with 20 points and 15 boards. Hunt finished with 11 points in the win. The nonleague victories over Warden and Touchet improves the Lions at 7-1 overall.
The Moses Lake Christian Academy boys dropped their holiday games. The Lions were turned back by Warden 55-23 Friday, and lost to Touchet 58-19 Saturday. The nonleague losses put Moses Lake Christian Academy at 1-6 on the season. The Lions are back on the court Saturday for a game at Columbia Basin Secondary School.