Grace Academy downs Highland Christian

Senior guard Julie Bethune leads the Eagles’ offense down court against Highland Christian. - Brandon Adam
Senior guard Julie Bethune leads the Eagles’ offense down court against Highland Christian.
— image credit: Brandon Adam

MARYSVILLE — The Grace Academy Eagles girls basketball team defeated the Highland Christian Knights in a 58-35 victory on Jan. 7, earning its second win in a row.

Grace Academy’s head coach Rick Holt said it was both offense and defense that won the game. “We had to play a good game overall,” he said.

Junior guard Naomi Tuttle was both a defensive and offensive asset for the Eagles’ game.

Tuttle scored a total of 19 points, as well as executing her defensive assignments.

The Eagle’s prioritized defending Highland’s Esther Brown, who was a fast scorer. “She guarded her and did a great job,” Holt said.

“They can score really fast.”

The Eagles’ second-highest scorer was junior center Jazmin Robinson, who scored 16 points.

The Eagles showed they had no problem scoring throughout the game.

In the first quarter, the Eagles stayed on top of the Knights, outscoring them by eight points.

The Eagles showed better control of the ball in the first quarter, and confidence in their shooting. The first quarter ended with the Eagles ahead, 13-5.

In the second quarter, the Eagles continued their lead over the Knights. The Eagles scored 15 more points to the Knights’ six, leading 28-11 at halftime.

The Eagles had no problem maintaining their lead with consistent defense that frustrated the Knights’ offense. The Eagles ended the game 58-35.

Holt hoped the Eagles will continue to compete well, especially with their tough schedule. On Jan. 17,  Grace Academy will face Tulalip Heritage which is currently undefeated in the league.

“Tulalip is undefeated,” he said. “They’re the team everyone is trying to compete with.”

Grace Academy previously lost to Tulalip on Dec. 20, 53-38.

As of Jan. 9, Grace Academy’s league record is 3-1, with an overall record of 4-5.


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