Viking boys failed to maintain the momentum of their two-game winning streak, losing at home to Edmonds-Woodway 59-49 on January 15.
Viking girls, however, sewed up a playoff spot by winning at E-W 42-37 on the following night.
Still playing without leading scorer Brooke Pahukoa, whose broken finger has healed to the point where she is due to return to the lineup this week, Lake rode the 10 points each of Brittney Pahukoa and Kali Long to victory.
Lake led throughout the game and was able to hang on at the end.
Heading into the final go-round (four games) against Wesco North foes, the boys are at 4-6 in league play, 6-10 overall, while the girls are 6-4 and 10-6.
Edmonds-Woodway 59, Lake 49
Lake, locked in a dogfight for Wesco North’s final playoff spot with Snohomish and Monroe, blew its chance to edge ahead of those two teams in what may have been the Vikings’ poorest performance of the season.
Lake gave up eight offensive rebounds to E-W in the first quarter while committing four turnovers and making just three of 10 shots.
That recipe for disaster resulted in an 18-7 Warrior lead which the visitors never relinquished.
When E-W made three baskets in the opening two minutes of the second quarter its lead ballooned to 24-7.
Lake finally awoke from its slumber to close the gap to 34-23 at the half, on four threes — by Devin Stoen, Ryan Lian, and two by Brice Dodge, including one that beat the halftime buzzer.
Lake’s rally extended into the third quarter when Jared Rahn and Moussa Sanoh opened with lay-ins followed by Lian and Dodge threes to pull Lake to within 38-33 with five minutes left in the period.
A mid-range jumper by Stoen cut the gap to 40-37 with 1:45 left in the quarter but Lake then surrendered six points to let E-W expand that to 46-37 entering the fourth.
With reasonable productivity Lake could have blown ahead of E-W in the third quarter but the Vikings missed 10 of its last 11 shots in the period, several of them from close range.
Lake never threatened in the fourth quarter, twice trailing by as much as 15 points. The Vikings self-destructed with (a) bad free throw shooting (a familiar shortcoming this season), making one of five in the second half and four of nine overall, (b) turnovers (18 for the game, 14 of them the result of E-W steals), and (c) inability to finish from short range.
Perhaps flu was a factor in Lake’s poor performance (some members of the team were said to be feeling at least a slight touch of it).
Whatever the factors, E-W on this particular night looked like the more focused, more determined team, stealing one on Lake’s home floor.
Sanoh was Lake’s most productive all-around player, with 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Lian with 10 points was Lake’s only other double-figure scorer; he also had five rebounds. Stoen had nine points and four assists. Dakota Tomson took just three shots and finished with no points.
Lake was outshot by E-W by 45 percent to 37 percent and was out-rebounded by the Warriors by 36-30.