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Lady Eagles basketball searches for offense after two league losses
The good news for the Lady Eagles basketball team is that they are one of only two 3A teams in the Wesco North league.
Unfortunately for AHS, their 2006-07 schedule consists of mostly 4A competitors. The Lady Eagles seemingly put their offense on mute in two league losses to Oak Harbor and Snohomish Dec. 13-15 and saw their overall record fall to 1-4.
Friday, Dec. 15, the Lady Panthers of 4A Snohomish traveled north on State Route 9 and played the role of the Christmas Grinch in their red and white away uniforms.
When your team goes the first 22 minutes of a 32-minue contest before entering double digits in scoring, it cant be a good sign for your offense.
After senior MacKenzie Tanguay scored her only basket of the game to pull Arlington to within two at 4-2, the league contest seemed exciting.
But, the Lady Panthers went on a 12-1 run to end the first quarter with a 16-3 lead and unfortunately for Arlington, they never looked back.
Senior 5-foot-8 inch post player Jessica Welk scored all five of Arlingtons points in the second quarter as Snohomish put the game out of reach with a commanding 50-8 halftime advantage.
First-year coach Nathan Davis said Snohomish played well and out rebounded and throttled us in the first half.
Snohomish added 19 points in the third quarter, and Welk, sophomore guard Sheryl Scheppele and senior guard Lindsey Sandberg added one free throw apiece as the two teams headed into the final frame with a lopsided 69-11 score.
Davis praised the play of Tanguay and Welk in the otherwise ugly game.
I thought MacKenzie played really well tonight and I think Jessica is making much better decisions as the season progresses.
On a positive note, the Lady Eagles came out strong in the fourth quarter and only lost by one-point in the final eight minutes of play.
Sandberg added a basket, Kyra Prause converted both of her free throws, senior Erika Davis made a nice move en route to the hoop and Prause finished a three-point play after being fouled toward the end of the ballgame.
Coach Davis said his squad was able to settle down in the second half and emphasized that as long as you get better at the end of the season games like these can be used as a learning lesson.
Both the freshmen and junior varsity teams lost, but the Snohomish coach told me afterward that it was the best team they have faced this year, Davis said with a smile.
The Lady Eagles face the 3A Everett Lady Seagulls on the road Wednesday, Dec. 20. Junior varsity action tips off at 5:40 p.m. and varsity at 7:30.
At Arlington H.S.
Snohomish 16 34 19 14 83
Arlington 3 5 3 13 24
Snohomish Ekness 19, Lampman 19, Schmitt 2, Burns 4, Artim 6, Heard 1, Benson 13, Balin 2, Yates 3, Heard 10.
Arlington K. Prause 4, Sandberg 3, Welk 7, Marsh 2, Davis 2, Scheppele 1, Tanguay 2, Jensen 3. 3-point goals Ekness 5, Lampman 2, Benson 2. Records Snohomish 3-0 in league play and 3-2 overall. Arlington 0-2, 1-4.
Arlington began their week on the road with a lopsided loss to the Lady Wildcats Wednesday, Dec. 13.
With the 79-36 loss Arlington dropped to 0-1 in league play and 1-3 overall while Oak Harbor improved to 2-0, 3-0.
At Oak Harbor H.S.
Arlington 8 15 0 13 36
Oak Harbor 24 15 12 28 79
Arlington K. Prause 11, S. Prause 4, Davis 3, Scheppele 5, Tanguay 6, Jensen 3, Cornist 1. Oak Harbor Chong 11, Thiel 8, Denmon 18, Smith 4, Russell 17, Hendricksen 2, Smollack 8, Baeyen 12. 3-point goals Denmon 4, Baeyen 3, K. Prause 1, Scheppele 1. Records Arlington 0-1 in league play and 1-3 overall. Oak Harbor 2-0, 3-0.