Lake Stevens boys closed out the first half of their Wesco North season at 8-0 (9-3 overall) with a 78-55 win at Everett last Thursday (because of early deadline Lake’s game vs. Arlington on Friday will be reported on in next week’s Journal).
Lake overwhelmed the Seagulls with a well-balanced scoring attack and vastly superior rebounding (the 52-30 margin included a remarkable 28 offensive rebounds for the Vikings). Lake started out hot, making three of its first four field goals and all 10 of its first quarter free throws, but the Vikings misfired after that, missing 10 of its last 11 shots in the first period and five of its first six in the second quarter.
That allowed Everett, trailing by nine points early in the first quarter, to close the margin to 18-13 at the end of the quarter, and to within 18-15 at the outset of the second.
A three and three free throws by Arvid Isaksen and a basket by Shane Kaska built the lead back up to 27-15, only to see Lake miss its final 10 shots before halftime. But Lake’s full court press and aggressive zone defense prevented Everett from taking advantage. Lake cashed in at the free throw line, where it went 17 for 20 in the first half to maintain a healthy 32-20 lead at intermission.
Lake made just seven of its 34 first half field goal tries (including one of 11 threes) and when it missed its first four shots of the second half its percentage dipped to 18 percent up to that point. But it made little difference in the outcome. Inevitably, the shooting finally heated up. Lake connected on 18 of its 37 second half shots (49 percent) and expanded its 49-34 lead after three quarters to blowout proportions by game’s end, 78-55.
With its firepower widely distributed (Kaska and Aaron Maw finished with 19 points each and Isaksen 16, while Isaksen and Kaska had 10 rebounds apiece) plus its domination of the backboards, together with 13 steals leading to numerous easy baskets, Lake took command against the scrappy but outmanned Gulls. Barely missing out on joining Kaska and Isaksen with double-doubles was Mike Schneider with nine points and nine rebounds (he also had three blocked shots). Jarrett Hanson dished six assists, Maw five, and Schneider four. Jerodan Dodge had eight rebounds.
Lake, struggling earlier in the season with its free throw shooting, made 23 of 27 at the line in this game (85 percent), to 10 of 18 for Everett.