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Eagles fight back to defeat Grizzlies 52-45


Sarah Lane

Arlington senior Gracie Castaneda, left, looks for an opening at the Easles' district playoff game against Glacier Peak at Shorecrest High School on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

It was a slow start for the Arlington girls basketball team at their Wednesday, Feb. 17, district playoff game against Glacier Peak High School. However, the girls managed to pick themselves up and catch up from behind to take a 52-45 win over Glacier Peak to advance to the district final.

"We got off to a really slow start, and they didn't. We dug ourselves a hole, and from there we had to work really hard to get out of it," Arlington head coach Joe Marsh said.

Glacier Peak came out strong while Arlington struggled to keep up. Arlington slipped to trail 14-2 in the first quarter, and struggled to catch up and hold Glacier Peak from increasing their lead. By the end of the first quarter, Arlington was down by 10.

Arlington was able to outscore GP 18-12 in the second quarter, and inched closer to closing in on the Grizzlies' lead. Down by four, Arlington came out of halftime ready for a second half battle. "We did a really good job of coming back and making it close at halftime," Marsh said.

In the third quarter, Arlington slowly continued their comeback. They were able to hit for 11 points and hold Glacier Peak to eight, making it a one-point game.

Sarah Lane

Arlington senior Sarah Shortt waits for a play during Arlington's district playoff win against Glacier Peak High School at Shorecrest on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Arlington took back the game in the fourth quarter scoring 17 points while their season-long strong defense held Glacier Peak to only nine points. The lady Eagles took the 52-45 victory to continue to the district championship game. "The second half was a battle back and forth until the fourth quarter when we finally took the lead and ended up pulling away at the end, but it was a really tough game for us," Marsh said.

Senior Sevi Bielser had a standout game Wednesday night with four three-pointers and a game total contribution of 15 points. Senior Jayla Russ had 10 points as well.

At the Saturday, Feb. 20, 3A District 1 championship game, Arlington's undefeated season came to an end against Lynnwood High School which posted an impressive 60-22 victory over the Eagles.

The Eagles will face Bishop Blanchet, on Feb. 27, in a loser-out State playoff game.


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