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Viking basketball girls win, boys lose vs. Marysville-Pilchuck

 


December 11 saw Viking basketball girls beat Marysville-Pilchuck 52-40 while at the same time the boys were losing to M-P by 70-47.

 Viking girls 52 at Marysville-Pilchuck 40

 Lake pulled away in the second half to even its early non-league season record at 1-1.

Seven Vikings were in the scoring column, led by Emily Vandegrift, Kali Long and Ivy Jacobsen with 13, 11 and 10 points respectively.

Lake trailed by 11-9 at the quarter break then edged ahead by 23-19 at halftime, expanding that to 39-29 after three periods.

The win indicates that Lake may be competitive, perhaps even a title contender, in this season’s well-balanced Wesco 4A North division.

 Marysville-Pilchuck 70 at Viking boys 47

 Viking boys stood at 1-3 in pre-league play after being thrashed by M-P, a game in which Lake self-destructed via 23 turnovers.

Lake, harassed by the Hawks’ full-court press, had trouble bringing the ball downcourt and, once there, in establishing an offensive rhythm.   The entire Viking roster saw playing time in an effort to find a workable combo.

Once again Lake’s inexperience was its biggest handicap.  With only a couple of exceptions, these Vikings should be honing their game in JV competition, but instead are having to learn “on the go.”

Keys to this season, therefor, will be improvement and patience.  

Against M-P Lake stayed competitive for a half, trailing by only 15-12 after one quarter and 34-24 at intermission, despite 15 first half turnovers.  

Neil Blaine beat the buzzer with a half-court basket to give the small home crowd a thrill.

Lake made eight of its 12 shots in the third quarter but still was outscored by 25-16, a quarter in which Lake was out-rebounded by 10 boards to one.  M-P scored equally from long and short range throughout the second half as Lake was unable to keep up with the quicker Hawks.

Lake missed its first ten shots of the fourth quarter and didn’t score until Justin Brown’s jumper at 3:10 reduced the gap to 68-42.

No Viking finished with double-figure scoring.  Jacob Eason led Lake in rebounding with seven and he also contributed three blocked shots and two assists.

 

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