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Chargers battle for 52-37 win over Eagles

 

Andrew Hines

Arlington's Abby Anderson fights through the strong defense by Chargers' Gabrielle Grandbois at Arlington High School on Jan. 4.

The Arlington Eagles girls basketball team faced the Marysville Getchell Chargers on the Eagles' home floor on Jan. 4.

In the first quarter the Eagles exploded as they more than doubled the Chargers score, 17-8, with a flurry of threes and incredible team chemistry.

Unfortunately, for the Eagles, the rest of the game didn't go their way. Over the next three quarters the Chargers outscored the Eagles and outplayed them on both sides of the ball. On the defensive side of the ball Marysville Getchell contested every shot as they never allowed more than 10 points in each of the last three quarters. The Chargers went on to win over Arlington by a score of 52-37.

"It's something to get over when you've never beaten a team before, to believe in yourselves and know through your ability that you can play better. They got whatever it was out of their system and went back to the original game plan. Plus, we calmed down overall and made sure to make the smart passes for the rest of the game," said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Shannon Grandbois.

Andrew Hines

Carley Wika hits a free throw for the Chargers late in the fourth quarter at Arlington High School on Jan. 4.

The Chargers beat the Eagles on the backs of Oshinaye Taylor, Carley Wika and Gabrielle Grandbois. Taylor finished with a game-high 17 points while shooting an incredible six-for-seven from the field. Wika finished just behind her with 15 points thanks to a perfect day at the free throw line, going seven-for-seven. Grandbois contributed as the third highest scorer on the team with nine points while also dishing out a handful of assists.

The Eagles kept their hopes alive with help from their two starting perimeter players, Peyton Brown and Reilly Kesselring. Brown led the team in points and steals as she scored 13 and grabbed four. Kesselring was second in scoring and led in rebounds as she put up six points and brought down seven boards.

If you want to check out the next Chargers' home game they will be playing the Everett Seagulls on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7:15 p.m. Or if you want to check out the next home game for the Eagles, they will be playing the Snohomish Panthers on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7:15 p.m.

 

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