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Martinis helps Tommies top Snohomish

Senior Jessica Masters had a pair of three-pointers against Snohomish. Here, she looks for an open teammate around the Panthers leading scorer, Katie Benson. -
Senior Jessica Masters had a pair of three-pointers against Snohomish. Here, she looks for an open teammate around the Panthers leading scorer, Katie Benson.
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MARYSVILLE In Marysville, rivalries dont get a lot bigger than games against Snohomish.
And in a game that went down to the wire, the Tomahawks pulled off a thrilling win at home Jan. 26.
On the strength of 10 points in eight minutes by Britt Harris, the M-P girls created a seven-point advantage in the first quarter. But as the game went on their lead began dwindle away, a couple of points per quarter.
Then, with two and a half minutes left in the game, Snohomishs Emily Guthrie sank a three-pointer to tie it up.
And what was already an intense game began to boil over.
Shaelei Lucas hit a pair of free throws to put M-P up again, 43-41. With under two minutes to go, the Tomahawks got what looked like a crucial turnover as a Snohomish pass hit high and flew out of bounds. Instead, the refs called an out-of-bounds pass during an M-P possession for Snohomish, and the fight was on.
With a field goal, Snohomishs leading scorer Katie Benson tied it up again.
The intensity showed in the teams defense and even at the free-throw line. A foul sent Tomahawk freshman Morgan Martinis to the line for two with 1:23 to go. Even after her first attempt a miss the rivals on the floor wrestled for possession of the ball.
Benson scored a go-ahead shot at the charity stripe with just over a minute left, and it was at the line where the game was ultimately determined.
Senior Anna West helped Marysville regain the lead, going two-for-two at the line.
With under a minute, Snohomish sophomore Marjorie Heard split her free throws, leaving the teams in a tie at 45 points.
Just when the game appeared destined for overtime, another Snohomish foul sent Martinis back to the line. The freshman made the first and missed the second, putting M-P up 46-45.
With a missed attempt by Benson at the buzzer, M-P held on the for the win.
Outscored in the last three quarters, M-P coach Julie Martin credited her players particularly Kylie Fordon and Martinis, who hit the game-winner for rendering overtime unnecessary.
Getting Jess out kind of lost our momentum a bit, Martin said of senior Jessica Masters fifth foul with six minutes left in the game. But, of course, the team recovered.
Im really proud of them, Martin added of her squad. I feel these girls gave 100 percent. I have a 6-2 girl (Harris) on the floor diving for balls.
The win handed Snohomish their second conference loss and improved M-P to 8-5 in league games. The Tomahawks have a two-game lead on Cascade for fourth place in Wesco North, behind Oak Harbor, Snohomish and unbeaten Lake Stevens. Theyll face Cascade Feb. 1 and Oak Harbor Feb. 6, both games on the road. The teams final home game of the season will be against Arlington Feb. 4.

At M-P H.S.

Marysville-Pilchuck 15 12 9 10 46
Snohomish 8 13 11 13 45

M-P Lucas 4, Martinis 6, West 6, Enberg 1, Peterson 6, Masters 6, Harris 13, Heckendorf 2, Pierce 2. Snohomish Guthrie 3, Burns 9, Desmarais 2, Miller 2, Benson 13, Heard 9, Fairbanks 2, Scott 5. 3-point goals Masters 2, Martinis 1, Guthrie 1. Records M-P 13-5 overall, 8-5 in conference. Snohomish 12-4, 10-2.

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