Arlington girls basketball holds off Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — Oddly, the lady Eagles hoops team found itself on the ropes in the fourth quarter Feb. 10.

Having held a 40-20 lead not more than 10 minutes earlier, there were looks of bewilderment on the faces many Arlington players as Snohomish brought the score to within two with nearly four minutes remaining.

"We just couldn't generate the same kind of emotion," said Arlington coach Nathan Davis after a 53-48 Wesco North victory. "We got that early lead and were like, 'Cool' and sat back."

The Eagles came through, surviving the Panthers' 22-4 second-half run. An undersized Snohomish squad made adjustments in the second half to stop Arlington's post play, which accounted for 24 points in the Eagles' 34-18 halftime lead.

In the final game of the regular season, senior Ginny Wilson led the Eagles with 15 points, and provided a key basket in the fourth quarter to keep Snohomish from tying the score.

"I tried five different plays to get the same look and we finally got it," said Davis about getting the ball to Wilson.

Part of the six-footer's success was hinged on her high-low game with posts Kaiti Ferro and Stefanie Schmuck.

"Ginny had a great game tonight, she's got that little turn-around jumper and we were really able to use that high-low game in the first quarter," Davis.

Arlington started the game with a full-court press, which generated a number of early turnovers, but it wasn't until the pace slowed that the Eagles started to pull away. Behind Wilson's 12 second-quarter points, the Eagles went from down two points to owning a 30-11 lead.

"I told them at halftime that you know (Snohomish) isn't finished yet," Davis said. "Not on their senior night."

The Eagles staved off the feisty Panthers with a 38-25 rebounding advantage and refocusing.

With the win, and an 60-51 Oak Harbor loss to Monroe on the same night, Arlington earned the No. 4 spot in the District 1 tournament, which begins Feb. 16. Arlington plays at Edmonds-Woodway at 7:30 p.m.

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