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By Mike Anderton
Contributing Writer 

Viking basketball had rocky week

 

December 18, 2012



Viking girls lost twice last week, 77-51 to Arlington and 46-43 to Snohomish, while the boys lost to Arlington 63-59 and beat Snohomish 59-50.

Though the girls are off to a 0-2 start in Wesco play (3-2 overall) and already have as many defeats as in all of last season’s 22-2 slate, there is still plenty of time to right the ship before the playoffs.

Lake girls 51 at Arlington 77 (12-12-12)

The loss at Arlington (a favorite in the Wesco 4A race) was shocking for the 26-point margin but is at least partly understandable given that the Eagles knocked down an astonishing SIXTEEN three-point shots (in 36 attempts), possibly setting a Wesco record in the process. Lake was not prepared to withstand such an onslaught (what team would be?).

More disturbing was Lake’s struggle to put the ball in the basket, shooting 35 percent in the first half and 38 percent overall.

Lake was doomed from the start when Brooke Pahukoa quickly got into foul trouble, sat out much of the first half and the third quarter, then fouled out in the fourth.

After a 14-14 first quarter standoff, the Eagles forged ahead 36-25 at halftime and expanded that to 54-37 at the three quarter break.

The closest Lake got was 60-46 halfway through the final quarter before the Eagles made five threes down the stretch (seven overall in the quarter).

Of Arlington’s 28 field goal attempts in the second half 25 were threes, 12 of which found the bottom of the net.

The Eagles dominated the rebounding stats, 41-27.

Alex Briggs led Lake with 14 points, hitting four of seven threes. Brooke Pahukoa scored 10 points before fouling out, while her sister Brittney had seven points, seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.

Lake girls 43 at Snohomish 46 (12-14-12)

This was probably an even more upsetting loss for Lake, which seemed out of sync for much of the game. The Vikings saw the Panthers go on a 20-0 run in the first half to put Lake in a 26-8 hole. Lake inched back to within 28-15 at halftime then closed the margin to 33-29 after three quarters.

The rally fell literally an inch or two short when Emily Vandegrift sank what looked like a three to tie the game at 44-all with 18 seconds left but her shot was ruled to be a two, not a three, leaving Lake behind by 44-43. Morgan Green made the first of two free throws with 15 seconds left but teammate Callie Harwood snatched an offensive rebound leading to two more Green free throws with nine seconds left. Once again Green made the first of two but this time Lake took the rebound after the second shot missed, but Brittney Pahukoa’s three at the buzzer was off the mark leaving Lake a 46-43 loser.

For the second straight game Lake was hampered by early foul trouble on Brooke Pahukoa, who sat out a considerable amount of time before halftime. She spearheaded Lake’s second-half rally with 14 of her overall 21 points but that proved too little and too late.

Lake shot a miserable 22 percent in the first half, 32 percent overall, and was outrebounded by the Panthers by 36-31.

On the positive side was the emergence of Emily Vandegrift, Lake’s most consistent player in this game. She scored 12 points (five of nine field goals) and had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and six steals, with no turnovers.

Other than Vandegrift and Brooke Pahukoa, who together were 13 of 26 from the field, the rest of the team was a combined three of 24.

 

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