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Lake Stevens overwhelms Eagles
With an imposing starting lineup consisting of several six-foot tall girls, the Lake Stevens Vikings controlled their Jan. 2 matchup with the Arlington Eagles girls basketball team.
The Vikings got excellent inside play from their twin towers and some timely shooting from their guards to jump out to a 21-3 first quarter lead and they never looked back.
Lake Stevens pulled away and seemed to always have an answer for every Arlington basket. The Vikings won handily 83-32.
For the Eagles, their best play came in the second quarter due to some impressive moves from Kayla Cornist. Cornist came off the Eagle bench to tie for the team lead in scoring with nine points, much of which came in the second period.
Cornist took a pass from point-forward Kyra Prause on the basline and launched a turnaround jumper from 10 feet. The shot missed but Cornist was fouled and drained two free throws. Christina White got a defensive rebound for Arlington on the following possession, one of the few times in the game that Arlington scored without Lake Stevens answering immediately. Cornist completed a baseline drive on the offensive end to pull the Eagles within 25-9.
Unfortunately, the Vikings had responses for everything Arlington was throwing at them. When the Eagles pressed, Lake Stevens threw over the top of the press for easy lay-ups. When Arlington played a 2-3 zone defense, the Vikings launched long range daggers from behind the three-point arc. A Quinn Kesselring three pointer brough Arlington within 27-12 but they would draw no closer the rest of the way.
An incredible third quarter by the Vikings, during which they scored on 80 percent of their field goal attempts completely put the game out of reach. After three quarters Arlington trailed 65-19. The fourth quarter was academic as Arlington had little hope of recovering from 46 points down. Kyra Prause tied for the team lead in scoring with nine, including some nice moves from the foul line in the fourth quarter, but they werent nearly enough to bring the Eagles back.