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Marysville-Pilchuck uses height to their advantage
The Jan. 9 girls basketball game between the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks and Arlington Eagles came down to size. M-P had it and Arlington didnt.
The Eagles fought bravely through three quarters of action but could not rebound effectively against the much taller Tomahawk frontline. In the end, M-P held on for a nine point win 57-48.
Arlington started the game strong with a flury of scoring from Kyra Prause. Prause banged in a tough jumper in the paint to knot the score at 4-4 and then drove around one of Marysvilles towering posts for a sneaky layup. She cashed in from downtown to make the score 12-8 in favor of the Eagles early on.
Alisha Murrin got into the act on the defensive end, swatting a weak Marysville shot into the brick wall behind the basket. After a Kayla Cornist leaner made the score 15-9 in favor of Arlington, things looked good for the home side.
However, the second quarter was not as kind to the Eagles. The Tomahawks ratcheted up their defensive intensity, throwing on a full-court trap. They slowly chipped away into Arlingtons lead behind their post play inside. Quinn Kesselring briefly closed the gap for the Eagles, tossing a well-placed lob pass over the heart of the Tomahawk defense to a wide open Ginny Wilson under the basket. Wilson put the ball in to cut the deficit to 24-22.
On the Eagles next possession Kyra Prause knifed her way through the lane to draw contact and score. She knocked down the ensuing free throw to bring Arlington within 26-25.
The two teams continued to employ contrasting styles up until the halftime buzzer, with M-PHS taking a slight 31-27 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter was all Tomahawks as they dominated start to finish and pulled ahead by 11 points. M-PHS spent the entire quarter pressing, trapping every Arlington pass on the wings, and generally making life miserable for the Eagles guards. A three-point basket from a Tomahawk guard right before the end of the quarter pushed the advantage to 46-35 going into the fourth. It proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome.
Cornist checked back into the game and back onto the scoresheet in the fourth period. She floated up a soft bank shot on the first Eagle possession to score. The next time down the court Cornist again showed off her offensive repertoire with a one hander from the right side of the basket to make the score 48-39 in favor of M-PHS.
Arlington coach Nathan Davis called a timeout to talk to his team about the difficulty rebounding. But post Brit Harris was not to be denied inside for the Tomahawks. Free throws down the stretch proved to be enough to hold off the Eagles as the final score was 57-48.
I think we played the best we have in three weeks, said Coach Davis after the game. We executed well. Kyra had a huge game. We shut down their best player. We just didnt have the height and that hurt us in the second half.
Arlingtons record falls to 1-6 in league, 4-6 overall.