The Arlington girls basketball team hosted a rivalry game early in the season as the Stanwood Spartans came to town on Dec. 4.
From the tip-off, the Eagles and Spartans battled back and forth exchanging baskets. Both defenses allowed shots in close as Arlington ended the first quarter with a narrow lead of 19-17. Throughout the rest of the first half the Eagles exploded on the offensive end and forced a handful of turnovers. With a huge swing in momentum, they managed to score 26 points in the second quarter and held a commanding lead at halftime, 45-31.
Coming into the third quarter the Spartans started to force turnovers and create more offensive possessions for themselves. They managed to slow down Arlington, but it wasn’t enough as they were outscored 10-9. In the final quarter the Eagles slowed down and used their ball movement to create long possessions. In the end, Arlington walked away with the 70-50 blowout over Stanwood.
“It feels great to get one, especially in a rivalry game and with such a young team. It’s great experience early on in the season because right now we just need to learn how to win and tonight we did it. We’re still working on some things but I’m happy with where we’re at so far,” said Arlington Head Coach Joe Marsh.
Arlington’s stable of talented sophomores played a key role throughout the game. Josie Stupey led the game in points, 19, as well as adding on five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one three-pointer. Hailey Hiatt racked up 13 points of her own with two three-pointers, two assists, three rebounds and one steal. Jordan Bartlow only tallied four points and two assists on the offensive end but came up big on the defense with a game-high seven steals.
The Eagles’ juniors also made an impact on the game as they consistently played at a high level. Team captain, Sierra Scheppele, dropped 14 points with two shots made beyond the arc, one assist, three rebounds and three steals. Allison Deberry had an impressive day as she dropped in a game-high five three-pointers, had a total of 17 points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal.
Your next opportunity to support the Eagles at home will be on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:15 p.m. when Arlington will host the Shorecrest Scots.