There were many oddities about the Lake Stevens-Arlington girls basketball game Friday night. I mentioned many of them — namely the fact that the teams entered with identical records following seven-game winning streaks — in my game story.
But this morsel from Lake Stevens’ 43-37 victory may be the best: the average point total per player was less than four points.
With the host Eagles (8-5, 5-4 WesCo North) using 11 players and the Vikings (9-4, 6-3) using 10, that meant 21 players saw action. Usually when that’s the case, there’s some garbage time involved. That definitely wasn’t the case Friday, with the largest lead in the second half being seven points.
So in a game this low-scoring (80 total points) and with this many players contributing quality minutes, there aren’t going to be a lot of double-digit scorers. This gets me to my next point, and the fact that neither team entered (or left) with a single player averaging more than nine points per game.
Senior guard Stephanie Schumacher (9.2 ppg) and junior forward Meghan Warbis (7.8 ppg), both returning all-league second-team selections, are the Vikings’ top two scorers. Arlington is led by senior guard Quinn Kesselring (8.8 ppg), also a second-team selection.
“You can’t really pick out a way to shut a team down when it’s like that, because there’s not one specific player to key on,” Lake Stevens coach Randall Edens said.
There is, however, one glaring difference between these teams — or at least when they play each other. Lake Stevens owns the second half, having outscored the Eagles 66-35 in sweeping the season series.
“They played good defense, and we didn’t hit as many of our open looks as we did in the first half,” fourth-year Arlington coach Nathan Davis said.