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MPHS overcomes Arlington, officials, to win Wesco North clash
With a number of fouls being called on Tomahawk post players and not many calls against Arlington, it took a combined team effort for the Marysville-Pilchuck girls to pull out a close win in Arlington on Jan. 8.
The two teams battled back and forth all evening, but the inside presence of Britt Harris proved to be the difference for the Tomahawks as they won 57-48.
Nicole Peterson drained a 3-pointer from the left corner to give M-PHS an early 4-2 lead. The inside game kept the Tomahawks within a few points despite Arlingtons hot first quarter shooting. Kaitlyn Ensberg finished off a tip-in to give Marysville an 8-7 lead. Still, the Tomahawks posts could not make up for the barrage of outside jumpers that Arlington hit. They trailed 16-13 going into the second quarter.
In the second period, M-P began to take control of the game. It started with the defense of guard Anna West who keyed the intense pressure that trapped Arlingtons guards in the backcourt. West converted a steal into a lay-up to pull the Tomahawks to within 19-16 early on in the quarter. Then post Jessica Masters took over with a wizard-like passing display, setting up teammates all over the court for easy baskets. Masters got her game going with a leaping save of a ball flying out-of-bounds. She chucked the ball across her body to a cutting Harris who laid it in for an easy deuce. Masters again fed Harris on a thread-the-needle pass to set up another layup on the next possession. Behind the stellar post play Marysville took a 31-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the third quarter their press continued to affect Arlington. Peterson knocked down a triple to help the Tomahawks increase their lead to 11 going into the fourth quarter. It was a good thing they led by double digits going into the final period, because the referees began to see a different game than everyone in attendence. At one point a total of 15 team fouls were called on M-P in comparison to six against Arlington. Masters fouled out on a mystery call in which no contact was made between players. The obviously frustrated Masters had to watch the remaining five minutes of crunch time from the bench.
Fortunately for the Tomahawks Shaelei Lucas stepped up on the offensive end to score five points in the quarter, including several putbacks of missed shots. The advantage on the offensive glass continued to benefit M-P as they found a way to score nearly every time down the court. Despite the foul problems and the hot shooting of Arlington, the Tomahawks found a way to come out ahead. They held on for a 57-48 win.
Arlington got us out of our game in the first half, said Coach Julie Martin. A lot of our strategy was penetrate and pitch to the shooters. We just had too many turnovers in the first half. In the second half we were more ready to play, I think we overlooked them a bit and Arlington came out ready to win.