With talent and experience to go around, Lakewood girls basketball coach Chris Walster said he hopes his team can continue their winning ways and exceed the expectations of a fourth-place league finish.
Four players scored in the double digits in the Cougars 56-48 win over Sedro-Woolley Nov. 28 and again two nights later when they picked apart Mount Vernon Christian with a 65-36 tally.
Senior center Jennifer Lind had a double-double against Sedro-Woolley coming down with 17 boards and 12 points. She added four blocked shots, which helped Lakewood pull away in the third quarter. The Cougars took a six-point advantage into the fourth quarter, where they sealed their victory by outscoring Sedro-Woolley 14-10.
Junior guard Anna Work led the offense with 16 points, while Jocelyn Shafer added 11 points and Karli Hesselman 10.
Some jitters challenged the team, Walster said, adding, I think it all worked well and propelled us into the game at Mount Vernon Christian.
One source of the jitters might have been a Sedro-Woolley freshman whose 19 points helped her team rally after Lakewood ran to a 10-0 start.
The teams ability to make adjustments and hold the girl to a seven-point second half gave them confidence going into the Mount Vernon Christian game, the Lakewood coach said.
Hesselman led scorers in that outing, putting up 17 points. Shafer and Lind each added 10 points and Jeneca Hoidal had 11.
Work added nine points and seven steals and senior Aly Stewart had nine assists. Every player but one scored in that game.
Walster said he hoped the girls would carry the momentum of their wins into the Dec. 3 game against Foster, which would be a test of their ability to defend in the post.
Just as a freshman caught the Cougars off guard, Lakewood hopes its teams well-roundedness surprises some opponents this year. Though the Cougars return their leading scorer from the 2006-07 season, Stewart, this season the senior has contributed more in setting up baskets than shooting them herself.
Walster said he hopes opponents game plan for her, and subsequently underestimate the rest of the team.
Shes leading the team in assists and we havent needed her scoring, Walster said. So I look at it as a plus if teams try to shut her down.
At Sedro-Woolley H.S.
15 17 10 14 56
14 15 9 0 48
Lakewood Hesselman 10, Lind 12, J. Shafer 4, J. Shafer 11, Stewart 3, Work 16. Sedro-Woolley unlisted. Records Lakewood 1-0 overall. Sedro-Woolley 0-1.
At Mount Vernon Christian H.S.
19 13 20 14 66
Mount Vernon Christian
9 9 7 11 36
Lakewood Hesselman 17, Hoidal 11, Lind 10, Jocelyn Shafer 10, Steinborn 2, Stewart 5, Wiederkehr 2, Work 9. MVC VanDen 9, Dye 2, Van Berkum 8, Schloemer 1, Geertsma 11, Whitener 3, Childs 2. 3-point goals Hoidal 3, Stewart 1. Records Lakewood 2-0. MVC 0-2.
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