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Tulalip Heritage cruises to victory


January 10, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Keryn Parks uses her ball-handling skills to shift the Cedar Park Christian defense at Tulalip Heritage High School on Jan 5.

The Tulalip Heritage girls basketball team looked to maintain their undefeated league record as they faced the Cedar Park Christian Lions on Jan. 5.

The Hawks came into the game with an undefeated league record, while the Lions had yet to mark a single tally in the win column. Tulalip Heritage's dominance was evident from the first possession as they easily overpowered the Cedar Park Christian defense and scored in the paint. While forcing turnover after turnover and taking high percentage shots, the Hawks outscored the Lions 45-6 in the first half.

Coming out of halftime the Lions were able to slow down the Hawks' scoring effort but didn't come close to closing the gap. Tulalip Heritage was able to substitute players in and out of the lineup and coasted to another blowout win, 68-9.

"We've done a lot of individual stuff with them, but now we are working on creating team defense. Our offense has been really effective, but we need to improve our defense for the better teams that we will face. We have a small team so everyone needs to be ready to play," said Tulalip Heritage Head Coach Tina Brown.

Andrew Hines

Freshman forward Krislyn Parks gets the pass over the Cedar Park Christian defense and scores down low at Tulalip Heritage High School on Jan 5.

The experienced duo of Deandra Grant, senior center, and Keryn Parks, senior forward, absolutely dominated the competition for the Hawks. Grant exploded for a double-double as she had game-highs in both points, 31, and rebounds, 17. She also had an assist, a block and three steals. Parks was right behind her with 28 points of her own to go along with four assists and four rebounds. Parks also contributed heavily on the defensive end as she had the game-high in steals, with eight.

Tulalip Heritage's starting point guard, sophomore Deachae Jones, played a key role directing the offense. Jones scored two points and led the game in assists with five, while also grabbing three rebounds and two steals.

If you want to attend a game and cheer on the Hawks they will be hosting the Lummi Nation Blackhawks on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m.


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