It’s no secret that Lake, after finishing fourth at State last season and returning some very talented players, is aiming to do even better this season.
So far so good. Randy Edens’ Vikings won at Marysville-Pilchuck by 69-41 last Wednesday to wind up the first round of Wesco North play at 5-0 (7-0 overall).
Lake methodically dismantled M-P from start to finish, leading at the quarter breaks by 17-10, 39-22, 51-32, and by as many as 30 points in the fourth.
Brittney and Brooke Pahukoa demonstrated how they are the state’s most outstanding sister act, the juniors combining for 36 points (22 by Brooke), seven steals, six assists and seven rebounds.
Though M-P could not match Lake’s overall talent, its superior height and aggressiveness under the basket led to a 40-35 rebounding margin for the Toms which included 19 offensive boards.
Lake countered this by nabbing 16 steals (five by Brittney) and committing just nine turnovers to M-P’s 20.
Also in double-figure scoring was Katie Goddard with 14, and she had four rebounds and three steals.
Center Kali Long, a sophomore, had nine rebounds, nine points including seven of seven at the line (where the Vikings were 17 of 20 overall) and three assists.