A 23-point third quarter helped Arlington’s girls basketball team top Stanwood 72-51 on May 26 at Arlington High School.
“It was close in the first half, then we turned it on in the third quarter and that was the game,” Arlington head coach Joe Marsh said.
He cited the Eagles defensive pressure and balanced scoring as factors that helped decide the game.
Four Arlington players scored in double figures. Sophomore Jenna Villa lead the Eagles scoring with 21 points, including three 3-pointers. Junior Keira Marsh had 13 points, senior Makenzie Gage had 13 points and senior Hailey Hiatt had 12 points.
“That’s pretty balanced scoring for us. That’s what we do,” Marsh said.
The first quarter saw Arlington pull ahead by 10 points leading 21-11. Stanwood trimmed Arlington’s to eight points in the second quarter with the Eagles up 38-30. The third quarter saw the Eagles outscore the Spartans by 10 points to go up 61-43. Arlington extended their lead during the final period.
“It’s a rivalry game and it’s always good to beat Stanwood,” Marsh said.
Wednesday’s win bumps the Eagles record to 4-1 for the shortened, nine-game season. Arlington’s only loss of the season was against Glacier Peak. Marsh noted Glacier Peak is a 4A school that placed third in the 2020 state tournament. Arlington, which is a 3A school, placed third in the 3A tournament in 2020.
Like many other high school teams, he said the numbers of players participating in basketball is down this year. Arlington wasn’t able to field a C-team this year.
Up next for the Eagles is a second game against Glacier Peak on June 3. They host Snohomish June 7 and finish the season June 9 at Lake Stevens.