The Marysville-Pilchuck girls basketball came out of the winter break and travelled to Granite Falls to match up with the Tigers on Jan. 2.
Both teams came out struggling to score as the Tigers held a 4-0 lead about halfway through the first quarter. After a time out by Granite Falls, the Tomahawks’ junior forward Madyson Baxter went off for 11 points. Behind her offensive explosion, Marysville-Pilchuck went on an 11-2 run to close out the quarter 11-6.
In the second quarter both teams came out working the ball inside and taking advantage of turnovers on fastbreak buckets. They went back and forth as they traded shots on the way to a 13-11 quarter with the Tigers edging out the Tomahawks. Marysville-Pilchuck still held the lead as they entered halftime up 22-19.
The second half continued the play from the second quarter as both teams played with high energy and pushed the pace up and down the court. The Tomahawks were able to keep the Tigers out of the paint as they grew their lead to 33-27 by the end of the third quarter. Marysville-Pilchuck forced Granite Falls to take a time out a couple of minutes into the quarter, as they rattled off a 6-0 run to take a commanding 39-27 lead. They battled the rest of the way, but the Tigers couldn’t close the gap as the Tomahawks secured their second win of the season, 46-36.
“Madyson Baxter played out of her mind. It’s great to see her stand out because we need more of it, and if she can play like that then we’re going to be in good shape,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Taylor Stevens.
Madyson Baxter was the best player on the court as she scored the Tomahawks' first 17 points of the game on her way to a game-high 26 points. She also secured a double-double with 11 rebounds, three three-pointers, five steals and an assist.
Marysville-Pilchuck also had big contributions from Imajine Moses, Kelsey Edge, Aubre Zackuse and Alissa Edge. Moses, sophomore guard, finished second in scoring with eight points, two three-pointers, three assists, six rebounds and one steal. Kelsey, senior forward, was second in rebounds and steals with nine boards, four steals, three points and one block. Zackuse, sophomore center, used her size to play strong defense as she only scored one point but filled the stat sheet with seven rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two steals. Alissa, senior forward, came off the bench to score two points, four rebounds and one steal.
“It was good to be able to take a lead and keep a lead throughout the game. We just need to work on our awareness and understand when we need to press the issue or not. I’m just looking for them to gain confidence and continue to grow,” said Coach Stevens.
Your next chance to catch the Tomahawks at home will be on Friday, Jan. 10, at 7:15 p.m. as they take on the Shorecrest Scots.