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Seagulls nip Eagles
The Arlington girls basketball team lost a key league match against the Everett Seagulls Dec. 19. The Eagles will be fighting with Everett all season for a spot in the 3A playoffs and could have made a big impression in the two teams first meeting. Instead they got burned by Everetts relentless pressure defense and lost 59-42.
The Eagles looked good in the first quarter behind the strong play of Quinn Kesselring. Kesselring knocked down a jumper in the lane to get Arlington on the board to start the game. She scored again on a fast break a minute later to give the Eagles a 7-2 lead.
Alisha Murrin made her presence felt on the defensive end, drawing a charge on an out-of-control Everett point guard, and collecting a number of early rebounds.
Kyra Prause also started off hot, finishing with five first quarter points. Prause got her first bucket on a drive to the hoop, fouled on the way up. She converted the free throw for the Eagles. Later, off a steal, Prause went coast-to-coast for a layup.
Then the referees began to take the game away from the Eagles. A second foul call on Kesselring four minutes into the quarter sent the Arlington guard to the bench. Starting shooting guard Sheryl Scheppele also picked up her second foul with three minutes remaining in the period. Scheppele sat down as well and watched as Everett climbed ahead of the Eagles on the scoreboard. A Christina White spin dribble and bucket made the score 13-11 in favor of Everett at the end of one quarter.
To start the second quarter Arlington tried to bring in some scoring punch off the bench. Kayla Cornist hit a baseline jumper to pull the Eagles within 15-13. But with so much of their offensive firepower missing, Arlington struggled to put the ball in the basket. Everett took full command of the game, leading 20-13 before Kjirsten Jensene drained a turnaround jumper to narrow the gap. Prause then scored on a spin move in the post to pull the Eagles back close, 20-18. Everetts full-court trap forced two critical turnovers before the end of the half and the Seagulls managed to extend their lead to double figures 29-19 at the break.
The second half played out frustratingly for the Eagles. Arlington made several runs in the third quarter to make the game close, but they never found the right combination to get back even with Everett. Using a well-designed play to free up players at the foul line, the Eagles did manage to get to the basket and score on offense. Kesselring, now re-entered into the game, used a jab step to free herself and draw a foul. Murrin copied the move on the next possession to get Arlington back to within seven. But Everett held fast and clawed ahead 41-30 by the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth the Eagles did not have enough in the tank for another run. Everett began to steadily increase their lead and the Eagles never got within 10 points. Arlington dropped to 3-3 overall on the season.