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ARLINGTON As the Arlington and Squalicum girls faced off in a loser-out game at Arlington High School, the teams offensive leaders quickly became visible in the first quarter of play.
Squalicum junior Calial Lyon was taking the majority of her teams shots, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, her counterpart on the court, Arlingtons Kyra Prause, didnt seem to miss.
As Lyon took the bench in frustration, Prause gave Lyons teammates cause for concern. The junior guard came up with three steals and three baskets in the first eight minutes; her second a three-pointer that gave Arlington a 10-point lead they wouldnt relinquish.
Midway through the second quarter, Squalicums standout junior forward finally sunk her first basket, but it was quickly answered with a three-pointer by Arlington guard Christina White.
Arlington coach Nathan Davis later said his team put a target on Lyon and fellow Squalicum junior Nicola Follis. Follis managed to score a team-high 12 points, but Lyon was held to six. Prause single-handedly matched their effort with 18 points of her own.
The Arlington offense was a streaky thing. The Eagles went 7-0 to open the game, and on an 18-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters helped put out of reach what was already a wide 40-22 deficit.
It gives a lot of confidence, Davis said of his teams eventual 64-36 win. Squalicum is a pretty good team, and I think the girls believe they can beat a lot better teams now.
He credited the teams accuracy and 22 assists for the wide margin of victory. Sophomore Alisha Murrin had seven of those, which is pretty impressive from the post position, Davis added.
While the girls assembled a 4-12 record in their mostly 4A Wesco North conference, Davis said he didnt think their record gave any of their opponents a false sense of security. However, as Arlington cut its teeth against tougher competition, the coach said it gave the team a mental advantage for the 3A district playoffs.
In all, 10 players scored for Arlington, with 10 points from sophomore guard Quinn Kesselring and 14 points off the bench from junior Sheryl Scheppele.
Arlington faced Mount Vernon in a loser-out game Feb. 26 after the Times went to press.
At Arlington H.S.
Arlington 19 14 17 14 64
Squalicum 7 10 5 14 36
Arlington Prause 18, Scheppele 14, White 3, Kesselring 10, Murrin 2, Evans 2, Daggett 4, VanLoo 4, Jensen 5, Wilson 2. Squalicum Horne 2, Prendergast 2, Follis 12, Lyon 6, Dentinger 3, Savitch 3, Ulrich 4, Kaui 3, Sytsma 1. 3-point goals Jensen 1, Scheppele 2, Prause 2, White 1.