Glacier Peak girls get revenge against Mountlake Terrace
Ninth-ranked Grizzlies beat No. 7 Hawks in a 53-42 win for a share of WesCo 3A title and a No. 1 tournament seed.
Seattle Times staff reporter
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE – Glacier Peak had plenty of incentives going into Thursday’s girls basketball game against Mountlake Terrace.
A win would not only give the Grizzlies a share of the WesCo 3A South Division championship, but also a No. 1 seed into the Northwest District tournament.
Turns out that wasn’t the main motivation, according to senior Taylor Baird.
“The driving factor for us this game was that they beat us earlier in the season, and we knew that we could have given it a better game than what we had earlier,” Baird said.
“This game was about revenge from earlier in the season,” she said.
Ninth-ranked Glacier Peak got that revenge with a 53-42 win over the No. 7 Hawks, and with it comes those other perks.
The two teams are co-champions at 11-2 and GP gets the higher district seed based on the series sweep of third-place Shorecrest. Mountlake Terrace split with the Scots.
Baird led the way with a game-high 17 points, despite fouling out with 2:10 to play.
That foul allowed Maddy Kristjanson to complete a three-point play and cut what once was a 17-point advantage to eight.
And Kristjanson’s driving basket with 45 seconds later whittled it to six, 46-40, giving her a team-high 16 points.
But the Grizzlies (18-2) were able to seal the game at the free-throw line, hitting 7 of 12 from there.
Sadie Mensing scored five of her 12 points early in the third quarter as Glacier Peak stretched a 23-20 halftime lead to 33-21.
The Grizzlies played tough defense on dangerous Sam Romanowsi, who scored eight of her 10 points in the first quarter and was shut out in the second half. They have now won nine straight since back-to-back losses t Shorewood and Mountlake Terrace.
The Hawks (16-4), who had a nine-game win streak snapped, are still enjoying a breakout season.
This is the program’s first winning season since 2006-07 and first division title since 1980.
“I’m proud to be a part of everything,” first-year coach Zach Wilde said. “This game is going to do nothing but make us better.”
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