Eastlake girls basketball shuts down Redmond 55-39 in rivalry
January 9, 2013
By Lillian O'Rorke
To a crowd of cheering Eastlake fans, the girls basketball team pulled off a 55-39 win Jan. 4 over longtime rival, Redmond.
The two teams have been rivals since 1993, when part of Redmond High School was split and students were sent to the newly formed Eastlake High School on the Sammamish Plateau.
“These kids and the whole community, everybody gets up for this game,” said Sara Goldie, coach of the Eastlake Wolves. “The gym is not usually packed, and it was packed tonight.”
The two teams tied 13-13 in the first quarter and continued to match each other shot-for-shot well into the second quarter, when they were tied 19-19 with only three minutes left in the half.
“We came out with a lot of energy, but our energy was just too much,” said junior Maggie Douglas, a co-captain of the team. “We had most of our turnovers, mostly in the first quarter, just because we just weren’t being smart with the basketball. We weren’t focusing our energy. But we got a lead on them.”
Eastlake began to pull away when senior Rachel Ainslie and Douglas together put five points on the board. After a more than minute-long drought, the second quarter ended 25-19.
“It was just back and forth. We’d score; then they’d score; then we’d score. We just needed to start focusing more on getting stops,” said junior guard Elizabeth Tracy. “I was actually a little nervous at the half. I was like, ‘This just isn’t us. We are better than this; we should be ahead by a lot.”
The Wolves opened it up in the third quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 18-9. Douglas, who led the team with 20 points total, started the third quarter with a field goal and a 3-pointer. After two minutes, Eastlake was ahead 32-21 when Ellie Woerner sunk a 3-pointer and landed her subsequent foul shot. At 6-foot-3-inches, Marijke Vanderschaaf towered over the Mustangs, making steals and rebounds. Eastlake continued its run and ended the third quarter with a 43-28 lead.
“It was a much better second half for us. We started executing. One of our keys for the game was our offensive execution and it finally came around in the second half,” said Goldie. “They had great defensive pressure, which caused some frustration for us a little bit, but I think we were able to hang on in the first half. And we did what we were trying to do in the first half in the second half.”
Redmond nearly went shot-for-shot with Eastlake in the final quarter but it’s 11 points were not enough to catch the Wolves, which put 12 more on the board to end the game 55-39. Helping secure the victory was Woerner with 13 points; Vanderschaaf with 10; Elise Morrison with six; Ainslie with four and Tracey with two.
“Dub (nickname for Woerner) actually attacked the hoop and the glass defensively and offensively rebounding much better than she has been…Elise Morrison came off the bench and played like two minutes and had six points so it’s pretty solid and nice to be a role player coming off and taking care of business,” said Goldie. “That’s a great win for us. We needed that coming off a tough Christmas tournament that we played, and then the loss at Ballard. So, we needed that, definitely, to push us in the right direction.”
The win improves Eastlake’s record to 5-7 as is set to host the Skyline girls basketball team Jan. 9.
Boys lose close one
Eastlake boys fall 59-56 to Redmond.
After starting off with a 7-point lead in the first quarter Jan. 4, the Eastlake boys basketball team lost 59-56 to Redmond.
The Redmond Mustangs took hold of the lead in the second quarter when they outscored the Eastlake Wolves 21-12. After that, the two teams pretty much tied, basket for basket, allowing Redmond to hold on to its slight lead.
Scoring for the Wolves were Brandon Lester with 18 points; Mike Hwang with 12; Mason Pierzchalski with nine; Jake Davidson with seven; Connor Perry with four; Mick Vorhof with three; Kyle Laubscher with two and Davis Woerner with one.
Reporter Lillian O’Rorke can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242 or email@example.com.