MARYSVILLE – Cameron Stordahl’s body language said it all.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore guard usually doesn’t miss shots like that. Or have turnovers like that.
But his body language did a complete turnaround much like the baseline fadeaway jumper he hit at the buzzer to give Marysville Getchell a 53-50 win over visiting Sehome Saturday night.
The team and fans rushed to the floor in excitement to congratulate Stordahl on his heroics.
MG coach Corby Schuh called a timeout with 2.8 seconds to play. He admitted the winning shot wasn’t the one he drew up.
“He’s a smart kid,” Schuh said. “He’s played a lot of basketball.”
The coach said Stordahl recognized the play that had him going to the hoop wouldn’t work against the zone Sehome suddenly had switched to, so he took the outside shot. It was especially gutsy in that he had just missed an open three-pointer in that same area just seconds before.
MG wouldn’t even have been in the position to win if it hadn’t been for senior guard Travis Barnes. The Chargers trailed 14-13 after the first period. But Barnes came in off the bench and calmed to team down after a barrage of turnovers. MG’s 6-foot-6 center Lul William’s slam dunk put the home team ahead 20-14 and Stordahl’s two free throws increase the margin to 26-16 as the Chargers were able to get the ball inside easily despite Sehome’s zone. MG didn’t get back on defense a couple of times at the visitors closed the gap to 30-25 at the half.
In the third period, Ethan Jackson, a 6-4 sophomore, was fouled on a spin moving, ending in a three-point play the old way. Malakhi Knight’s up-and-under move put MG ahead 40-30. But a defensive letdown at the end of the period pulled Sehome to 40-38.
The teams went back and forth in the last period, Sehome scoring at the charity stripe and on 3-pointers, while Barnes tallied a layup and one from the top of the key. When William made two free throws, it put MG up 49-48 with 3:39 left.
Sehome missed an open 3 with 34.9 seconds left to set the stage for Stordahl’s shot.
He led the team in scoring with 13, followed by Barnes with 12, Jackson and Matt Thomas with eight each, William with six, Ian Roskelley four and Knight’s two.