Snohomish swept Lake Stevens in basketball on December 18, the boys losing 64-37 in the Panthers gym while the girls were beaten 52-39 at home.
At Snohomish 64 Lake boys 37
Lake stayed competitive for a half but went stone cold in the second half to absorb its fourth 20 points-plus loss of the season. It was Lake’s Wesco 4A North season opener.
Lake trailed 18-11 after one quarter and 32-25 at the half, keeping it reasonably close thanks to C.J. Lat’s 12 points. Lat’s outside jumper to open the second half made it 32-27 but those were his final points, finishing as Lake’s sole double-figure scorer with 14.
The Vikings made just six of 30 shots after intermission, shooting 29 percent overall for the game, including one for 15 from three-point range. The offense once again struggled with turnovers, committing 20.
Snohomish led 50-29 after three quarters.
The Vikings battled on the backboards against the bigger Panthers, outrebounding Snohomish by 35-32.
Snohomish 52 At Lake girls 39
In an early season test against one of Wesco 4A North’s better teams the Vikings couldn’t muster enough offense to keep pace in the second half.
After trailing 31-25 at halftime Lake was outscored by 13-5 in the third quarter and was unable to mount a comeback in the fourth.
Once more the bulk of Lake’s offense came from its tall inside players Kali Long and Emily Vandegrift with 14 and 10 points respectively. But the outside shooting continued to struggle.
It should be noted that Lake did pick up a good win on December 14 when it beat visiting Lynden (ranked in the top ten among the state’s 2A teams), by the score of 55-45. Long was player of the game with 18 points and nine rebounds.
And on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Lake the Vikings were blown out by a strong Coeur d’Alene, Idaho team, 66-40.