Lake Stevens Varsity Girls Basketball took the court against the Stanwood Spartans in their fourth game of the season. The starting line for the Lady Vikings was Corrine Burke, Katie Goddard, Abby Molstre, Brooke Pahukoa and Meghan Warbis. Brooke Pahukoa went up against Stanwood’s Rachel Swartz in the tip off.
Vikings girls managed to grab possession of the ball early on thanks to strong full court press and defense and Brooke Pahukoa scored in only two minutes and thirty-seven minutes of the first quarter.
Stanwood’s Brenda Bingham scored the first basket for Stanwood shortly afterward another Viking basket bringing the score to 4-2, Vikings.
Lake’s Kayla Wilson managed to slow down Spartan advance in the first quarter with a great grab from Stanwood’s hands. A memorable play from the first quarter also included Burke’s long court pass to teammate Brooke Pahukoa who finished the play with a layup that brought up the Viking’s score.
Towards the end of the first quarter Burke stepped up to the free throw line to take two shots, sinking both and bringing the score to 10-5, Vikings, at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter began with Lake stepping up their defense. Lake’s Mahea Puha stole the ball from Stanwood while playing defense and Lake’s Jolana Ziskovsky also had a game of nice defensive playing.
Three minutes into the second quarter the score was tied 12-12. Brooke Pahukoa and Burke once again had a strong play together when Burke followed a shot taken by Brooke Pahukoa and scored on the rebound.
Goddard sunk a three pointer with about a minute left to the second half and Molstre managed to make her free throws at the line despite loud distraction from Stanwood’s fans.
At the end of the second quarter the Vikings once again were shooting free throws, with Brittney Pahukoa at the line with only 16 seconds left. After scoring one of her free throws the score was 22-20, Vikings.
After halftime was over the second part of the game kicked off with the same starting line for Lake Stevens and Samantha Kelleigh, Renee Lucero, Swartz, Bingham and Jade Borseth starting for Stanwood, Lake Stevens’ Warbis scored quickly, only 15 seconds in, bringing the score to 24-20.
Her basket was quickly answered by Swartz’s three-pointer only seconds after Warbis’ basket. Warbis came back with another basket quickly after, bringing the score to 36-23.
Goddard made a basket that left Lake fans cheering and Brittney Pahukoa also made an impressive three pointer for Lake Stevens.
A technical against Stanwood left Burke shooting two free throws alone at the line, both of which she made. Burke for Lake Stevens made a basket after working hard to get through Stanwood defense and Warbis wrapped up the third quarter with a three pointer.
The last quarter started with a score of 47-31, Vikings.
However, that score quickly jumped when Goddard scored merely seconds into the final quarter. Goddard also double-teamed with teammate Warbis to block a Stanwood shot and left Lake Stevens’ parents and fans cheering.
Burke rushed to the basket, breaking apart the Stanwood defense, for another basket for the Vikings and as the game came to a close Brittney Pahukoa scored with only 15 seconds left.
The ball ended in Viking possession after Ziskovsky stole the ball away from Stanwood and brought it back to the Vikings’ end. The final score of the game was 58-41, Vikings.
The game was hard fought by both teams and the Vikings had a very positive attitude about the game.
Team member Dakotah Pilon said, “I think we played really good as a team, and executed well. This was a big win for us.”