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By Mike Anderton
Contributing Writer 

Close loss eliminates Viking girls basketball at district


Viking girls basketball season ended with a pair of losses in District Tournament play last week.

Lake was trounced at Lynnwood, the state’s number one ranked 4A team, by 71-37 on February 11, then was eliminated at Monroe by 47-42 on February 11.

The loss at Lynnwood was a foregone conclusion, given that the Royals had beaten the Vikings by 39 points on the latter’s court earlier in the season.

But the near miss at Monroe was another matter, as Lake battled down to the wire against a team that had humiliated it by 29 points in Lake’s final home game just a week before.

Lake had two double-figure scorers at Lynnwood -- Cassidy Fifield with 13 and Kali Long with 11.  And the Vikings did manage to outscore Lynnwood by 12-7 in the third quarter, though the outcome at that point was not in doubt.

At Monroe, Lake came out strong, leading by 15-7 at the quarter break.  Lake was still ahead at halftime, 23-18, but Monroe pulled ahead by 44-41 at the end of the third quarter and barely managed to stay ahead in the fourth.

Long finished her outstanding Viking career by tallying 13 points, while junior Emily Vandegrift topped Lake’s scoring with 15.

The Vikings closed out the 2013-14 campaign with a 9-13 record.


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