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Stanwood girls bury Chargers
STANWOOD — Marysville Getchell’s varsity girls basketball team went north for a Friday night game against Stanwood on Dec. 2 looking for their first-ever win after falling 96-30 to Edmonds-Woodway on Nov. 29.
Charger senior Kyleigh Dschaak tallied 14 points to lead Getchell in scoring, but Stanwood’s seven-senior squad took little time in showing the difference between an upstart team and seasoned experience, cruising to a 90-28 win.
Stanwood’s full-court press produced three quick baskets to start the game and led to a 10-2 lead as Getchell tried to break the trap.
Junior Charger Rachel Lefstad and her team ran down the court to attack the basket but all too often had trouble connecting on passes beneath the Spartans’ avalanche press deep on their end of the floor and trailed 19-2 midway through the first quarter.
“We had to minimize the game,” Getchell coach Shannon Grandbois said. “If we could get the ball over halfcourt, it was a good thing.”
Getchell played hard man-to-man defense and created fast breaks but too many times failed to convert as they became tangled in Stanwood’s 2-3 zone.
The more seasoned Stanwood did not blink against the Chargers’ scrappiness. Instead they swung the ball around the perimeter, sinking open three-point shots when they could not score immediately off of turnovers.
Stanwood senior wing Jade Borseth sank a three-pointer from the top left corner as time expired in the first quarter to energize her home crowd and give her team a commanding 31-6 lead.
Spartan senior guard Samantha Kelleigh beat the first-half buzzer with a three to push Stanwood’s lead to 55-16.
The Chargers came out much tougher to start the second half with more sound passing, securing more rebounds and taking more trips into the paint, but the shots would not fall.
Stanwood, with 1.4 seconds left in the third quarter and the length of the court to go, tried to roll the ball closer to half court so that the clock would not start until they picked it up and the Spartans would have a much shorter heave, but the roll touched the end line and Getchell was awarded the ball with 1.4 still on the clock, though the Chargers could not convert. The score read 72-18 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Spartans’ demolition continued in the fourth quarter in which the clock did not stop because of the lead.
Getchell junior guard Khalyn King created some magic of her own by stealing the ball at midcourt, tossing it up and watching her shot bounce twice on the rim and drop for two points as the clock expired.
“From game to game, from Edmonds-Woodway (on Nov. 29) to now, there’s been a huge improvement,” Grandbois said. “(Sophomore guard) Ashlynn (Trujillo) got down on herself against Edmonds-Woodway, but she completely turned it around.”
Getchell senior post Brianna Lloyd-Bennett led her squad with nine points.