The Lakewood girls basketball team hosted the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks to kickoff the season on Nov. 29.
From the tip-off both teams began to battle back and forth, never allowing a huge lead. The Tomahawks opened the game on a 6-5 run before Lakewood called their first timeout. After the stoppage, the Cougars fought back and secured the slight lead at the end of the first, 10-9. In the second quarter, Lakewood caught fire as they scored 18 points while only allowing five to the Tomahawks. Going into halftime, the Cougars held a commanding 28-14 lead.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s defense elevated in the second half as they held the Cougars to three points in the third quarter, while scoring six of their own. The Tomahawks continued to close the gap in the fourth quarter as they scored 11 points, but it just wasn’t enough as Lakewood continued to hold them off. In the end, the Cougars won the game with a score of 37-31.
“We’re going to rely on our speed and aggressiveness this season. We have a lot of youth this season, so we just need to work on that basketball IQ and slowing down the game when we can,” said Lakewood Head Coach Chris Walster.
Lakewood’s transfer student from Spain, junior point guard Myriam Frechilla, absolutely dominated from beginning to end. She narrowly missed a triple-double as she scored team-highs with 16 points, 10 rebounds, nine steals, one assist and three blocks.
The Cougars young core played a key role as freshmen Jasmine Graham and Natalie Krueger stepped up big. Graham scored the second most points on the team with eight as well as putting up two assists, three rebounds and five steals. Krueger only scored one point but also added one assist and eight rebounds.
“I think some of this game was just first-game jitters. Every player understands that basketball is a game of runs and it’s all about taking advantage when the momentum is going your way. They were battling throughout the whole game and I think it will pay off for us down the road,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Taylor Stevens.
Marysville-Pilchuck was led by their seniors Miriah Summers, Alex Grimm and MacKenzie Konsor. Summers controlled the paint as she scored eight points, a game-high 12 rebounds and four steals. Grimm had the team-high in points with 10 and added on six rebounds and one steal. Konsor made the only three-pointer for the Tomahawks as she scored six points, two assists, four rebounds and one steal.
The Tomahawks' young duo of Lauren Lewis and Madyson Baxter also contributed heavily. Lewis, junior guard, scored three points and tallied one assist, five rebounds and eight steals. Baxter, sophomore center, put up two points, one assist, 12 rebounds and two steals.
To support the Cougars, you can come out to Lakewood’s next home game, which will be against the Cascade Bruins on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:15 p.m. To cheer on the Tomahawks, Marysville-Pilchuck will be hosting the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:15 p.m.