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Marysville Getchell becomes Arlington's latest victim
MARYSVILLE — Arlington's Lady Eagles, fresh off of their holiday break, visited Marysville Getchell on Dec. 27 looking to extend their winning streak and avoid complacency through the first of a pair of nonconference games.
"We wanted to keep focused on our skills and practice hard," Arlington head coach Joe Marsh said. "It's always hard to play after Christmas, but we needed to keep at it and get better at what we want to do."
Getchell's young squad showed improvement, as they had in each game this season, but the Eagles pressured the Chargers all night to win their fourth game in a row, 62-13.We've played consistently in the last four or five games, and we're getting better," Marsh said.
The Eagles opened the game with full-court pressure to convert Getchell turnovers into layups for an early 10-0 lead. They sat back in a 2-3 zone to keep the Chargers on the perimeter, but the Chargers swung the ball around the outside to find entry passes on the baseline.
Post presence was a key factor in both teams' plans of attack. Charger senior posts Brianna Lloyd-Bennett and Kyleigh Dschaak, who led her team with eight points on the night, and junior post Alexys Wilson gave Eagle senior centers Cassie Van Loo, Danyell Winterrowd and Kaiti Ferro a good fight.
Arlington junior guards Winter Brown, Krista Showalter and Lindsay Brown helped their post players with perimeter play and finished the night with 15, 11 and eight points each.The Eagles out-rebounded Getchell, who stood and watched the ball instead of boxing out and securing possession. The trend continued for a 27-4 Eagles halftime lead.Getchell pressed Arlington to start the third quarter, with a renewed focus on swarming rebounds and creating position with muscle and grit, but the Eagles managed to run their offense as usual.
Arlington senior guard Lauren Grogan hit a three-point shot clock buzzer beater and junior Taylor Graham watched a swooping, under-the-basket reverse layup fall as she trotted backward toward midcourt.
The Eagles led 52-7 after three quarters.
Arlington hit a pair of threes as the game neared the middle of the fourth quarter and slowed their pace to wind down the rest of the clock for a 62-13 win.
"We worked on our game plan tonight, like we wanted to, and some girls who don't usually get to play got to take advantage of the opportunity," Marsh said.