Friday night's doubleheader between Great Northern League rivals Pullman and Clarkston saw the visiting Bantams mar their opponents' previously perfect record in one game and preserve an unbeaten run of their own in the other.

In an emphatic upset, Clarkston (6-6, 4-2) stormed out of the gates to deal the Pullman boys their first defeat of the season, prevailing by a score of 62-43.

On the girls' side, there were no such surprises as Clarkston cruised to its 13th consecutive win in a 55-25 showing.

The Greyhound boys had edged Clarkston by two points a month ago, at which time the Bantams were off to an uninspiring 0-4 start to their season.

A change in the winds was immediately apparent in this meeting, however, as the Bantams rolled to a 9-0 lead before an inside basket from Ty Hendrickson with a minute and a half remaining in the opening quarter put Pullman on the board.

Two more field goals for Pullman early in the second quarter might have suggested that the Greyhounds were settling in, but Clarkston would have no such thing. The Bantams commenced on a run of 24 consecutive points, finishing the first half up 28-6 and carrying their momentum over to achieve a remarkable 34-6 lead early in the third quarter. The Pullman cheering section erupted with relief when a Konner Kinkade jump shot finally broke the Greyhound draught.

"Alex Italia and Austin Roueche and Tru Allen tonight were excellent defensively for us," said Clarkston coach Justin Jones. "I thought we played great team defense to hold a very good team like Pullman to six points in the first half - (it's) exciting to see what our defense can do."

Pullman finally found some semblance of momentum late in the third quarter, which saw them ultimately outscore Clarkston 12-11 to trail 39-18.

Jake Wells drove a Pullman offensive surge in the fourth quarter, and in the process became the game's overall high-scorer with 17 points - but it was nowhere near enough to close the gaping chasm the Bantams had opened through the first two and a half quarters.

Tru Allen led Clarkston in scoring with 15 total points, 11 of those coming at the foul line, while teammate Brandton Chatfield earned 14. Standing 6-foot-10, Chatfield dwarfed even the Greyhounds' tallest player - 6-5 forward Tim Watts - and managed several clean slam dunks over the course of the game.

"I just don't think we came out ready to play at the level they did," said Pullman coach Craig Brantner, whose team fell to 12-1 on the season. "I've got to hand it to them; they were doing a great job of moving the ball, getting to the basket, making us play defense."

CLARKSTON (6-6, 4-2)

Christian Robbins 0 0-0 0, Tru Allen 2 11-16 15, Alex Italia 2 0-0 5, Austin Roueche 3 0-0 8, Jaxson Allen 0 0-0 0, Kaeden Frazier 0 0-0 0, Gus Hagestad 7 0-0 16, Max Johnson 1 0-0 2, Colton Dudley 0 0-0 0, Brandton Chatfield 5 4-7 14, Tayler Garrett 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 15-23 62.

PULLMAN (12-1, 5-1)

Tim Watts 2 0-0 5, Ty Hendrickson 2 0-0 4, Payton Kallaher 0 0-0 0, James Pitzer 0 0-0 0, Isaiah Strong 4 3-3 11, Konner Kinkade 1 0-0 2, Brayden Roberts 0 0-0 0, Jacob Wells 7 3-5 17, Ethan Kramer 2 0-2 4. Totals 18 6-10 43.

Clarkston 9 19 11 23-62

Pullman 2 4 12 25-43

Three-point goals - Italia, Roueche 2, Hagestad 2, Watts. Total fouls - Clarkston 14, Pullman 21. Fouled out - none.

JV - Pullman def. Clarkston.

GIRLS

Clarkston 55, Pullman 25

After a 12-12 first quarter, the Clarkston girls stepped up offensively in the second to open a nine-point halftime lead, but coach Debbie Sobotta was not fully satisfied.

“It seems every time we come here, we go into halftime with just a nine- or 10-point lead,” she said. “It never feels comfortable, so our halftime talk was about how we needed to pick up the intensity and be way more aware on defense.”

The Bantams heeded her instructions, delivering a smothering full-court press that allowed the Greyhounds only two points in each of the third and fourth quarters and turning the contest into a rout.

“I told the girls after the game I think that is one of their best responses to a halftime talk,” noted Sobotta.

Ashlynn Wallace of Clarkston (13-0, 6-0) was dominant on both ends of the court, scoring 21 points (more than twice as many as any other player) while managing nine steals and six rebounds. Wallace, who coach Debbie Sobotta calls a “D1 prospect,” exhibited a full range of skills that included dynamic defense, no-look passing, outside and inside shooting, hook shots and more.

For Pullman (4-10, 0-6), Meghan McSweeney and Hailey Chittenden scored six apiece.

CLARKSTON (13-0, 6-0)

Ashlyn Wallace 8 4-7 21, Mick Jackson 2 1-1 6, Maggie Ogden 1 0-0 2, Taylor Bogle 0 0-0 0, Erica Picket 3 0-0 6, Jalena Henry 2 1-2 5, Mikala Hill 0 0-0 0, AJ Sobotta 2 2-2 6, Lauren Johnson 1 0-0 2, Samantha Chatfield 2 2-4 6, Jasmyne Woodbury 0 0-0 0, Cali Lamunyan 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-18 55.

PULLMAN (4-10, 0-6)

Rian Clear 1 0-0 2, Meghan McSweeney 3 0-0 6, Tianah Sanders 2 0-0 4, Peyton Teevens 1 1-2 4, Emily Harris 0 0-2 0, Hallie McDougle 0 0-0 0, McKenzie McIntosh 0 2-2 2, Hailey Chittenden 3 0-0 6, Madison Harkins 0 0-0 0, Alexus Haugen 1 0-2 2, Hailey Talbot 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 3-8 25.

Clarkston 12 19 11 13—55

Pullman 12 9 2 2—25

Three-point goals — Wallace, Jackson, Teevens. Total fouls — Clarkston 15, Pullman 17. Fouled out — Teevens.

JV — Clarkston def. Pullman.

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