When I poured over the girls basketball results Wednesday night, two scores stood out. One because it was a lopsided win over a ranked team and the other because another ranked team barely won.
My new, weekly girls basketball notebook doesn’t start on the blog until next Thursday, but I couldn’t let these games slip by without taking a closer look.
I have to start with Arlington’s 77-51 victory over Lake Stevens, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. Then I’ll get to No. 6 Woodinville’s 52-51 nail-biter over Ballard.
I had Arlington on my radar before the season started and expected the game with Lake Stevens to be a good one. But no one expected the host Eagles to nail 16 three-pointers!
“That was incredible,” Arlington coach Joe Marsh said this morning. “I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a game where we’ve shot like that.”
Neither has Lake Stevens coach Randy Edens.
“And I probably never will again, in a high-school game,” he said. “It was pretty remarkable.”
Especially considering those 16 threes came on just 35 tries — that’s 45.7 percent.
“It was a contagious thing,” Edens said. “It was just one player, and when that happens, you’re in trouble.”
Six Arlington players sank at least one trey, led by Lindsay Brown with five to account for most of her 18 points. She also had 13 rebounds. The Eagles got two apiece from freshman Jayla Russ (14 points) and sophomore Jessica Ludwig (13 points).
Ten of the three-pointers came in the second half, when Arlington had only one regular field goal, that by Veronica Ladines inside the final minute.
“It was kind of a perfect storm,” Edens said. “They shot really well. It was pretty impressive….Credit to them. They were really focused.”
Both teams were unbeaten coming into the WesCo 4A North game. Marsh said his team came in confident they could play with the Vikings — but certainly didn’t anticipate a 26-point victory.
“There’s no way we expected to do what we did,” he said. “We have a lot of respect for them. We knew he wad to play really well.”
And that they did. And the Vikings struggled with star guard Brooke Pahukoa in foul trouble as she finished with a season-low 10 points, less than half her average.
The rematch will be Jan. 25 at Lake Stevens. I’ve got that date circled on my calendar, and you should, too.
As for the Woodinville-Ballard game, it took some heroics from junior Erin Hamilton for the Falcons to stay unbeaten.
I got some details from coach Scott Bullock, who said his team was down by one with 11 seconds remaining. Kim Frost missed a runner in the lane, but Hamilton was there for the rebound and a foul was called on her putback attempt with 0.2 seconds on the clock.
Ballard called time out, but afterward Hamilton calmly sank both free throws to give Woodinville the victory. She finished with eight points.
“Ballard played a nice game,” Bullock said.
Mackenzie Campbell led the 5-0 Falcons with 20 points. San Hall led Ballard with 15. The Beavers fell to 0-3 in KingCo play, 1-4 overall