Viking basketball takes on MarysvilleFrigid boys lose to Marysville, 46-43 MIKE ANDERTON | CONTRIBUTING WRITER Four games this season, all of them decided in the final seconds, and now, the first loss. Lake Stevens shot a miserable 25 percent at home against Marysville on Tuesday and paid the price, losing 46-43.
Despite its offensive malaise Lake once again battled all the way and had its chances to pull out the win until the very end. Another gutsy, aggressive defensive effort kept the game close all the way. In successive games, Lake has yielded 60, 51, 49 and 46 points. It’s this kind of defensive effort, which can carry the Vikings far this season.
With Lake’s Kelly Kurisu and Sean Stickney alternately putting their football bodies on Marysville’s 6-7 All-State candidate Taylor Stevens, who entered the game averaging 24 points per outing, Stevens was held to 1-for-7 shooting in the first half and 16 points for the game.
Containing Taylor to 16 points should have paved the way for a Viking victory, but the shooting started out bad and never heated up.
The first quarter ended with Marysville leading 6-5. Two early fouls on Lake’s point guard Jordan Carter forced him to the bench for much of the quarter and when he returned to play he drew his third foul in the first minute of the second quarter. Without Carter running the offense for much of the game Lake’s timing seemed off. But even the “good shots” wouldn’t fall, including at least three virtually uncontested lay-ins.
Lake fell behind 20-13 until a late rush before halftime, sparked by a three and a rebound basket by T.J. Dodge to knot it at 20-all at the intermission.
Carter’s put-back in the third quarter gave Lake a 22-20 lead, and twice Lake led by three points, on a three by Dustin Adams and on Shane Kaska’s lay-in, and it looked like the Vikings might take control. But Lake missed its final 8 shots of the quarter, allowing Taylor’s three to regain the lead for the Toms at 31-29. It was 33-29 entering the fourth.
Ryan Legg’s three cut it to 33-32, but Lake then went into another scoring freeze, missing its next 7 shots, as Marysville pulled ahead by 41-35, before Shane Pilon’s steal led to his 3-point play to make it 41-38.
Lake’s press forced 4 Marysville turnovers after that, and Carter narrowly missed a three with 14 seconds left which would have tied the game. After a pair of free throws by Marysville’s Blake Scheller made it 45-40 with 12 seconds left Carter nailed a three to make it 45-43 with 6 seconds remaining.
Lake fouled Taylor who made the first of two free throws with 4 seconds showing on the clock, then missed the second, but Kaska threw up a court-length heave rather than dribble or pass to at least mid-court for a better shot, and that was that.
Not surprisingly, no Viking was in double figure scoring. Kaska, with 9 points, came closest. Nor was it surprising that bigger Marysville won the rebound battle (37 to 32, including several key grabs down the stretch). Leading Lake rebounders were Kurisu and Mitch Shoemake, with 6 each. Marysville’s 8 blocked shots (6 by Taylor) were a key element in disrupting the Viking offense.Lake’s scrambling defense pushed Marysville into 19 turnovers (to 14 for the home team), which nearly helped pull this one out of the fire.