Lummi girls hang tough in big loss

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 8, 2014 

Lummi's girls' basketball team took a 57-5 loss in the first round of the Class 1B Northwest District Tournament to Tulalip Heritage on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Tulalip. The Blackhawks' leading scorers, Harley Ellenwood and Treena Humphreys, were unavailable for the game.

"It's tough playing such a good team when your top two scorers aren't available," Lummi coach Randy Kaui said in a phone interview. "Our kids worked their tails off. The hard work and toughness is there, we just have to build skill and I'll take that."

Adiya Jones led Tulalip with 14 points.

Issabella James had three points for the Blackhawks. Thelma Wall added Lummi's other two points.

"Bella has been a rock," Kaui said. "She didn't let her frustration get to her. She's an awesome kid. All seven of them did a good job sticking in there and playing hard."

Sabryn Tom, Marleneh Jefferson, Cherisse Sulkanum, Sarah Burke and Carla Lawrence also played for Lummi.

"They're all really intelligent kids; they work hard in school and get good grades," Kaui said with pride. "They work hard in the classroom and are unique individuals, I'm glad to have coached and worked with them."

Lummi takes on Lopez in a second-round game on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

TULALIP HERITAGE 57, LUMMI 5

Lummi 0 3 0 2 - 5

Tulalip Heritage 26 21 8 2 - 57

Lummi: Issabella James 3, Sabryn Tom 0, Thelma Wall 2, Marleneh Jefferson 0, Cherisse Sulkanum 0, Sarah Burke 0, Carla Lawrence 0. Team totals: FT 0-1 5.

Tulalip Heritage: Katia Brown 7, Myrna Redleaf 0, Adiya Jones 14, Shania Moses 2, Paris Verda 2, Desirae Williams 4, Aliya Jones 8, Kaela Tyler 10, Santana Shopbell 8, Michelle Iukes 2, Shaelynn Sanchey 0. Team totals: FT 3-5 57.

3-ptg: Lummi 1 (James 1), Tulalip Heritage 0 (n/a). Rebounds: No information provided. Assists: No information provided. Fouls: Lummi 10 (Fouled out: none), Tulalip Heritage 8 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: No information provided.

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