The Marysville-Pilchuck girls basketball team hosted the Lakewood Cougars to open up the season on Dec. 3.
Both teams started off slow as they were able to work the ball inside but couldn’t convert the close shots. After a quarter of misses and multiple turnovers the Tomahawks led 4-1 over the Cougars, with all points being scored off free throws. In the second quarter, Lakewood started to heat up as they hit three shots from beyond the arc on their way to an 11-4 scoring output. The Cougars entered halftime up 12-8.
Marysville-Pilchuck came out strong in the second half dominating on the defensive end and grabbing every possible rebound. They still struggled on the offensive end, only scoring three points in the third quarter, but kept the Cougars scoreless as they closed the gap 12-11. In the fourth quarter both teams went back and forth battling for the win. With less than a minute left, Lakewood held the lead at 20-18. The Tomahawks battled their way into the paint to draw the shooting foul and tied it up at the line, 20-20, with 30 seconds left. With one more possession in them, the Cougars worked together to create an open look and scored to take the victory by a score of 22-20.
“We've got kids trying to figure out their roles, knowing who can score and figuring out our placement on defense. We have a young team so there will be a lot of learning and a lot of teaching. We need to develop our confidence and realize that even if we miss, we have to keep shooting,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Taylor Stevens.
The Tomahawks battled on the inside behind Kelsey Edge, Alissa Edge and Madyson Baxter. Kelsey, senior forward, tied for the team-high in points with six, one assist, game-high 13 rebounds and two steals. Alissa, senior forward, only had one point but added on nine rebounds. Baxter, junior forward, scored five points of her own with 11 rebounds, one steal and one block.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s backcourt was led by Lauren Lewis and Emily Hamre. Lewis, senior guard, finished with six points, six rebounds and a team-high three steals. Hamre, sophomore guard, had two points and contributed on second chance opportunities with six rebounds.
“A win is a win, but we have a lot of stuff to work on. A lot of these early games we’re just focusing on teaching and the fundamentals. I think we had some pretty good defense up front but then we allowed them to get second-chance opportunities with their rebounds. Making sure we box out will be a focus for our next game,” said Lakewood Head Coach Chris Walster.
The Cougars' sophomore backcourt led the team in scoring behind Jasmine Graham, Mandy Harrison and Kacie Smith. Graham had the game-high in points with eight and filled the stat sheet with four assists, two rebounds and four steals. Harrison put up four points and led the team with eight rebounds. Smith was second on the team in points with five, four rebounds and one steal.
In the post, Lakewood relied on the play from Jadeyn Graham, Katie Carlson and Ava Tedford. Graham, senior center, tallied three points, grabbed five rebounds and earned two steals. Carlson, senior center, wasn’t able to get on the scoreboard but contributed with seven rebounds. Tedford, sophomore forward, put up two points and three rebounds off the bench.
If you want to come out and support the Tomahawks, their next home game will be on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:15 p.m. against the Cascade Bruins. The Cougars' first home game of the season will be against the Meridian Trojans on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7:15 p.m.