Marysville-Pilchuck’s Olivia Lee plants for a lay up. Brandon Adam/Staff Photo

Lady Tomahawks drop game to Everett (slide show)

MARYSVILLE — After an explosive start to the second half, it seemed like the Marysville-Pilchuck girls basketball team might get its first win of the season, ending a 12-game losing streak Jan 18.

The Tomahawks, ahead 16-15 going into the third quarter over Everett, extended its lead to 21-15, causing turnovers and another one of many 3-pointers by junior Oliva Lee.

But M-P, with only one senior, was stymied by its own inexperience, coach Taylor Stevens said.

“Being young and not being in those situations early,” was the cause of unraveling for M-P, he said. “I think [a win is] going to come. We just kind of get out of our rhythm, and we get nervous.”

Everett heated up and took a 26-25, but M-P took it back at the end of the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Lee, and free throws by sophomore Lilianne Fischer, making the score to 30-28.

But the fourth quarter was disastrous for M-P, as Everett continually got to the free-throw line, outscoring the Tommies 15-9 to win the game 43-39.

One of the stronger aspects of M-P’s game was its perimeter shooting. M-P freshman MacKensie Connelly led the Tommies with 14 points, and teammate Lee added 13. Both were able to sink shots from both sides of the paint.

“Connelly has been playing really well. She’s been sick the last couple of days, but coming back from the sickness shows the type of player she is,” Stevens said.

But M-P missed some clutch shots in the second half, he said. “We got a bunch of good looks, and it wasn’t falling,” he said. “And that’s the way it goes. Sometimes you got to hit shots, and we couldn’t find it tonight.”

Getting penetration inside was problematic as M-P’s tallest player is 5-foot-8. That made M-P’s scoring one-dimensional.

“We’re small, so trying to get the ball inside when you’re playing six feet and up is tough to score in there,” Stevens said.

“So it’s got to be smart, kicking out and getting easy ones, like offensive rebounds.”

Stevens said he sees potential with the team, and chemistry will eventually come as the girls gain experience.

“I think at times we show that we can play together, and there’s times when we’re trying to feel each other out — seeing who can do what at what time or situation,” Stevens said.

More in Sports

Arlington runner becomes a rower

ARLINGTON – When Jensyn Smith got burned out running she took to… Continue reading

Lakewood beats Arlington at Jamboree; home schedules to save

It seems like local high school fall sports just ended but there… Continue reading

Arianna Bilby, left, and Emily Mekelburg of Arlington made the all-league first team as hitters, but they also are versatile enough to play the backcourt, too. (Steve Powell/Staff Photo)
Locals dominated All-Wesco North teams

Local fall sport athletes and coaches dominated All-Wesco 3A North honors announced… Continue reading

Jared Taylor of Lakewood gets set to pass in a recent game. Taylor had some highs and lows against Hockinson. (Steve Powell/Staff Photo)
Lakewood loses heart-breaker to Hockinson

BATTLE GROUND — Sports fans sometimes wonder how much difference playoff experience… Continue reading

Arlington Eagles show a range of emotions in a recent volleyball game. From left, Arianna Bilby, Teagan Sutherland, Emily Mekelburg and Taylor Pederson.
Arlington girls 6th at state

YAKIMA – Ferndale’s got Arlington’s number this year. After beating the Eagles… Continue reading

Jordan Justice runs for a score in a recent game. Justice had an interception and two TDs in the loss to Lincoln. (Steve Powell/File Photo)
M-P’s historic football season comes to an end

TACOMA — Marysville-Pilchuck’s historic football season came to an end Saturday, losing… Continue reading

Dylan Carson of M-P scores the winning touchdown against Prairie. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)
After winning a thriller, M-P faces another high-powered offense at Lincoln

MARYSVILLE – Edgar Martinez’s field goal sent the game into overtime then… Continue reading

Arlington wins 2, plays Peninsula at state in Yakima (slide show)

MARYSVILLE – After losing its first match of the season, Arlington had… Continue reading

Carson Chrisman goes in for one of his three scores against Sequim. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)
After win over Sequim, Lakewood takes on 2-time defending champs

LAKEWOOD — Jared Taylor connected with Carson Chrisman for three scores as… Continue reading

4 locals sign to play ball in college

Arlington’s success in baseball the past few years is now showing up… Continue reading

Despite state loss, rookie MG girls soccer coach proud of season (slide show)

MARYSVILLE – After riding a high since winning the Northwest 3A District… Continue reading

Undefeated Arlington volleyballers need a win Thursday at M-P to make state

ARLINGTON – The Eagles girls volleyball team continued its amazing season beating… Continue reading