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By Mike Anderton
Contributing Writer 

Viking basketball: Boys done, girls alive


February 19, 2013

The season has ended for the Viking boys basketball team, 59-38 losers at Edmonds-Woodway in District Tournament play last week.

But the girls stayed alive, by eliminating Jackson 55-41 in the latter’s gym a night later.

At Edmonds-Woodway 59 L.S. boys 38 (February 12)

An overall disappointing season for Lake came to a gloomy end in Edmonds-Woodway’s dimly lit gym.

Undermanned via the absence of guard Jarod Rahn (injured at the end of the previous game at Kamiak), Lake never found any offensive rhythm, though some hustling defense allowed the Vikings to trail by just 21-14 at halftime.

The bigger, faster, deeper Warriors soon put an end to any suspense by blasting out to a 24-8 output in the third quarter, scoring with equal efficiency inside and outside.

Attesting to Lake’s offensive misery in this game, at the end of the third quarter Lake had accumulated seven made field goals in 46 attempts.

As has been the case many times this season guard Devin Stoen provided the biggest share of the Viking offense. He finished with 13 points, but he could not carry the load alone. Inexplicably, fellow senior guard Dakota Tomson attempted just two shots during the game, missing both.

Stoen had four of Lake’s 10 assists, and seniors Moussa Sanoh and Craig Lian led Lake in rebounding with seven and five, respectively. Lake was out-rebounded by 45-33.

While Lake’s 8-15 record fell short of being satisfying, the Vikings did meet two of their season goals—by qualifying for the Playoffs and by winning a game in that competition (in fact, Lake’s 67-51 District win at Kamiak was its finest game of the campaign). In retrospect, given Lake’s lack of size and depth, that is probably the most that could have been expected of this team. With 10 seniors graduating, next year’s team will have an entirely new look.

Viking Girls 55 at Jackson 41 (February 13)

Lake continued its late-season resurgence with a solid win at Jackson, a team which had defeated it earlier.

Brooke Pahukoa rebounded from her off-shooting game against Lynnwood the previous weekend, scoring 16 of her 21 points in the first half as Lake rolled to a 15-11 first quarter lead which grew to 32-19 at halftime and 47-29 after three periods.

Brooke had plenty of help from her teammates, especially from Kali Long who seized 14 rebounds to go along with 10 points, three assists and a blocked shot. And sister Brittney chipped in with 10 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Helping Lake to a 41-38 rebounding edge was Emily Vandegrift, who took down nine; she also had two blocked shots.

In addition to Brooke’s scoring she had six rebounds (five of them offensive) and two steals.

Jackson put up a scrappy fight, narrowing Lake’s lead, which had grown to 21 points late in the third quarter, to 12 points with 1:30 left, but got no closer.

The win pumped Lake’s season record to 16-7 and set up a loser-out battle with Snohomish the following Saturday at Mountlake Terrace (because of early deadline that game will not be featured in the Journal until next week’s edition).


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