Seagulls’ defense too much for Marysville Getchell Chargers | SLIDESHOW

EVERETT — Marysville Getchell girls basketball visited ‘The Pit’ at Everett High School’s Richer Court on Dec. 22 seeking their first win and improvement as they reached the midway point in their first season.

Getchell worked to establish their low post offense, but the Seagulls’ steal-happy defense slowed the Charger attack and earned Everett a 62-20 win.

MG came out tough in the first quarter but was plagued by midcourt turnovers against Everett’s full-court press.

The Chargers’ 2-3 zone defense made the Seagulls shoot from outside.

Getchell senior post Brianna Lloyd-Bennett took the ball up strongly in the paint to muscle up on Everett defenders. Senior post Kyleigh Dschaak crashed the boards as she patrolled the post with Lloyd-Bennett, but their shots would not fall.

“Don’t dribble,” called Chargers head coach Shannon Grandbois to her post players from the sideline, urging them to attack the basket. “Shoot it.”

Though Everett jumped on Getchell passes and turned them into fast break points, they led only 12-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Seagulls committed their share of turnovers through travels and double dribbles, but Everett senior post Ashley Smith blocked a Charger shot with resounding force to make the Chargers think twice about driving the lane on her defense. Dschaak swatted away a post pass intended for Smith to answer the Everett challenge.

Everett switched to their own 2-3 zone to put an end to Getchell’s post attack and take a 29-10 into halftime.

Grandbois praised her offense’s success in finding open targets and advised the defense when it suffered from miscommunication.

The Chargers stayed focused on their post game and looked for entry passes to Lloyd-Bennett and Dschaak on every trip down the floor. Getchell swarmed the ball in the third quarter, but Seagull junior guard Aliya Davis hit an open three-pointer to end the third quarter.

Everett’s zone stifled the Charger game plan and extended the Seagull lead en route to a 62-20 win.

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