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Marysville-Pilchuck lady hoopsters drop rival Arlington

MARYSVILLE — Who can blame the lady Tomahawks for not wanting the Wesco season to end?

After all, Marysville-Pilchuck is at the top of the North division standings, a spot that only improved Jan. 29 with a 59-39 win over rival Arlington.

“Most teams are thinking, ‘Oh man, we’ve got three games left,’” said M-P girls hoops coach Julie Martin. “We don’t want it to be over because we’ve had such a bond.”

And that bond is showing up all over the stat book for Marysville (13-4 overall, 11-2 Wesco North) as once again, another pair of Tomahawks stepped up to help sweep the lady Eagles.

This time the offense flowed through Morgan Martinis (19 points) and Emily Enberg (13) with ample support from the other four Tomahawks capable of shouldering the load.

“I keep saying this, but it’s true that it’s really hard to point out a player or two who was key because they all play a role and when we miss one, we don’t have that flow,” Martin said.

Scoring 12 or more points per quarter, Martin said this was the best she has seen her team play all season for an entire game.

“We always have a quarter where we’ve dipped, but tonight we had four solid quarters,” she said. “I think the only other time I’ve seen that is when we played Cascade.”

Martin was referring to M-P’s second meeting with the Bruins which resulted in a 74-60 win.

The Tomahawks had a difficult time shaking the Eagles in the first half, but were able to outscore them and earn a 28-25 advantage.

During the second half, however, Marysville’s defense shut down Arlington’s attack to the tune of 14 points over two quarters.

As has happened in nearly all of M-P’s wins, those who did not contribute heavily on offense, did so defensively, such as Amy Adams.

Adams forced turnovers in the back court with M-P’s trademark pressure. She was joined by Alisha Oden, while Becca Lentz and Dacia Heckendorf played balanced games. Lentz scored eight and Heckendorf added seven.

The Eagles were never really able to find a scorer, as senior post Ginny Wilson scored a team-high eight.

Although they don’t want it to happen, the Tomahawks are just three games away from the District 1 tournament, but still have work to do with upcoming games against Stanwood and second-place Monroe.

“Now we’re thinking about how these games will determine our postseason,” Martin said. “It’s exciting, but we’re already having so much fun.”

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