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Eagles defeat Meadowdale, fall to Lynnwood

 

February 21, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Eagles' Georgia Arnold gets the ball on the wing and attacks the Meadowdale defense at Arlington High School on Feb. 13.

The Arlington girls basketball team took on the Meadowdale Mavericks in the second round of the 3A District Tournament on Feb. 13.

From the second the ball hit the floor the Eagles controlled the Mavericks on both sides of the ball. Arlington made it a mission to score from inside early on and take high percentage shots from the outside. They also played suffocating defense as they had six steals and contested every shot. By the end of the first quarter the Eagles led 14-3.

The rest of the first half was a lot slower as the Eagles maintained their defense but struggled on the offensive end. However, they still managed to outscore Meadowdale 5-4, and grew their halftime lead to 19-7.

In the second half the Eagles continued to extend their lead and put it away early as they scored 23 points in the third. With a significant lead Arlington was able to sub out most of their starters in the fourth, and coast to a 55-25 victory.

"The best thing about getting some of these young kids some experience, is now they're not afraid to get into a game and play. If somebody goes out, it's next man up and that's huge especially in the postseason," said Arlington Head Coach Joe Marsh.

Andrew Hines

Arlington senior Kelsey Mellick pushes the ball on the fastbreak on Feb. 13.

Sierra Scheppele, sophomore shooting guard, and Kelsey Mellick, senior forward, led the charge for the Eagles. Scheppele finished with a game-high 15 points, three rebounds and four steals. Mellick scored eight points of her own as well as grabbing five rebounds and a steal.

Two freshmen guards also contributed heavily to Arlington's win. Starting point guard Jordan Bartlow wasn't able to score but led the team in assists with four as well as four rebounds and three steals. Hailey Hiatt came off the bench to score nine points, dish out four assists and pull down an impressive nine rebounds.

After the win over Meadowdale, Arlington moved on to face the Lynnwood Royals on Feb. 15. It was a hard-fought game but Lynnwood defeated Arlington 59-53. With that loss the Eagles' season has ended. With a young core gaining a lot of experience this year Arlington will look to develop during the offseason.

 

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