If you attended Lake’s girls basketball non-league home game versus Marysville-Pilchuck on December 5 you witnessed Viking history being made.
Even before the opening tip-off of Lake’s 86-40 win began, it was already a special night for senior Brooke Pahukoa, who was awarded a certificate and a basketball signed by her Viking teammates and coaches, recognizing that she had passed the 1,000 point total for her Viking career.
Brooke’s 23 points in Lake’s season-opening 71-42 win at Shorewood the week before had put her over that magical figure.
In response, Brooke rang up 40 points on the Tomahawks, setting a school record in the process, a record that had lasted for 30 years (Chris Bonamy scored 38 against Shorecrest in a district tournament game way back then).
Lake’s pressing, trapping defense set the tone at the outset. Before the game was three minutes old Lake had snatched 10 steals leading to a 15-0 margin.
Marysville-P, to its credit, fought back with a 16-6 spurt of its own to pull within 21-16 early in the second quarter but it was all Lake, all Brooke the rest of the way.
Lake led by 19-13, 48-22, and 71-31 at the quarter breaks.
Brooke’s three-pointer at the halftime buzzer pushed her scoring total to 28 (believed to be the most points ever by a Viking girl in one half).
Typical of her all-around prowess, Brooke also led the team in rebounds with eight, plus two blocked shots and five steals. She made 16 of 28 field goal tries plus seven of eight at the line.
Twin sister Brittney chipped in with 11 points, nine steals and a couple of assists.
Incredibly, Lake finished with 29 steals for the game to zero for M-P.
Several other Vikings contributed to the blowout, but this was Brooke’s night to remember.
(On a personal note, I was keeping stats for the boys team when in 1966 the late Mike Williams scored 43 points against Stanwood in an 84-64 win, a Viking record which still stands. I wonder who else out there can say that they witnessed both the boys and the girls record-setting games?).
Viking girls 65, Kentwood 47 (at Les Schwab Preview in Des Moines)
Lake stands at 3-0 after whipping previously unbeaten Kentwood 65-47 in last Saturday’s 10:30 a.m. game at Highline CC, an all-day fest featuring some of the state’s top girls and boys teams.
This time it was Brittney’s turn to top the scoring for Lake, with a career-high 25 points. Brooke scored 17 points, Alex Briggs 10, and Kali Long notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Emily Vandegrift pulled down 10 rebounds for the Vikings, whose run to a possible state title this season will be keyed by its defense and whether it is able to hold its own underneath against some taller, very physical opponents.
Lake led at the quarter breaks by 16-7, 29-16, 45-34, then withstood some Kentridge charges which cut the gap to the 10-point range before the Vikings pulled away to the 18-point win.
Viking boys 60 at Marysville-Pilchuck (December 4)
The Viking boys, after losing a couple of close games in Spokane the week before (54-48 to Mead and 55-52 to Lewis and Clark), wore down cold-shooting Marysville-Pilchuck in what was a ragged non-league game for both teams -- Lake made 19 turnovers, M-P 18.
Lake’s lack of size underneath is going to be a serious obstacle for the Vikings this season in its hopes to compete for a District Tournament berth. Thus it was encouraging that against the Tomahawks Lake was able to post a 41-30 rebounding advantage.
The bulk of Lake’s scoring this season is likely to come from senior guards Dakota Tomson and Devin Stoen. Tomson was on the mark for the Vikings against M-P, scoring 22 points on eight of 15 shooting. Lake as a team shot a respectable 45% overall.
Poor shooting from three-point range (two of 19) and 28% overall, prevented MP from making more of a game of it as the Vikings led at the quarters by 13-4, 25-20 and 40-31 before Lake upped the final margin to 60-39 with a 20-8 fourth quarter.