The Viking girls basketball team is headed back to State. Overwhelming wins over Mariner and Snohomish last week keeps Lake drive for a championship in order.
The boys, following a win over Edmonds-Woodway and a loss to Snohomish, were left clinging to an outside shot at State.
Viking girls 61 Snohomish 37 - This one wasn’t nearly as “close” as the final score.
Lake put on a basketball clinic in the first half, slicing and dicing the Panthers with a display of skill, teamwork, athleticism and precision.
Every Viking who participated contributed top-level, exciting basketball as Lake ran up a 19-3 lead after one quarter and by 38-8 just before halftime (it was 38-11 at intermission).
Lake scored in almost every way imaginable, on steals, pick and rolls, drives, outside sets, alley-oops. The defense befuddled and frustrated the Panthers, holding the latter to four of 27 shooting in the first half (15 percent).
Lake even out-boarded bigger Snohomish, 42-31 for the game.
But stats don’t do justice to the thing of beauty that was Lake’s performance. It served notice that the Vikings seem to be peaking at tournament time, and if it can keep it up at this level the ultimate championship is very much in their sites.
Lake toned it down in the second half. The final two quarters were little more than a formality. Lake led 53-25 after three and was ahead 61-30 when Coach Edens pulled the starters halfway through the fourth.
The win was such a total team effort that it would be hard to pick a player of the game, but one couldn’t go wrong in selecting Abby Molstre for that honor.
The 5-7 senior forward, whose athleticism and quickness around the basket make her one of Wesco’s top rebounders, scored 13 points (on six of seven field goals) and also recorded eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
Brooke Pahukoa scored 18 points, together with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Her twin sister Brittney scored just two points but led Lake in assists and rebounds (four and nine respectively), plus two steals.
Kali Long had seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Katie Goddard led Lake in scoring with 18 points, on seven of 10 from the field.
Lake shot 46 percent for the game while holding Snohomish to 25 percent.
At Lake Stevens 63 Mariner 13 - Lake opened District Tournament play in a game whose only suspense was whether the “continuous running clock rule” (triggered by a forty point lead) would go into effect before halftime. Lake had won its previous game against the Marauders by 70-24.
The joke is that this was technically a “come from behind” win for the Vikings, who surrendered the game’s first basket to Mariner before scoring 35 straight points en route to quarter leads of 21-2, 37-9, and 55-11.
All twelve Vikings played and all but one scored.
So evenly balanced was Lake’s production that only Goddard, with 14 points, scored in double figures.
Lake had 16 of its 21 steals by halftime, most of them leading to Viking baskets.
Brooke and Goddard each had five of the steals. Brittney led Lake in assists with six, followed by Railey Pedersen with four. Molstre topped Lake in rebounds with five, with four by Emily Vandegrift (the promising freshman post also had two blocked shots). Lake made 29 of its 56 field goal tries, to four of 23 by Mariner. Lake had 13 turnovers to Mariner’s 36.