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Mount Si girls building intensity, confidence, as season nears finale | Photo Gallery
The Mount Si girls got so very close to their long-sought conference win Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Facing Interlake at their final home game, the Wildcats fell behind, but never by more than a few buckets, to a Saints team blessed with some strong outside shooters.
“We wanted to win,” said Camryn Buck, a quiet player who brought her high intensity into battles for the ball.
She matched Interlake’s aggressive play, scoring five on the night, including Mount Si’s only three-point bomb.
Intensity ratcheted up in the second half, as Mount Si closed to within 10 in the final quarter. Interlake’s strong shooters, and several fouls and free throws in the last minute, dashed the Wildcat’s hopes to chalk up a win. Final score: 67-51.
Junior vet Elizabeth Prewitt led the Wildcats with 19 points, sophomore froward Jillian Nelson added 12. Freshman guard Hayden Frederick scored seven points. Senior guard Kylie McLaughlin scored four.
“We were hoping for it,” said McLaughlin, the team captain. “Everyone was really working hard.”
Mount Si lost some momentum with several turnovers in the first half. Coming back from the half, the team scrapped hard.
“At the beginning, we have a lot of intensity. We turn it up,” said freshman Mady Privatsky. “Overall, we all try our hardest out there. That’s what really matters.”
“We play so much better when we have confidence,” said McLaughlin. “We just have to figure out how to get it, all four quarters.”
Newcomers put in work
It was a matter of making every shot, said Privatsky, one of several young players learning the varsity game. She was positive about experiencing that late burst of intensity.
“It’s fun when you’re aggressive,” Privatsky said. “When you pick up your defense, you pick up your offense.”
Privatsky has learned from her freshman transition. She went from “not knowing the whole varsity thing” to understanding more.
“I’ve gotten a taste, had some good games, some bad games. I’m ready to go into next year as more of a leader.”
“I get excited when they call my name on the bench,” said freshman Scout Turner. “I get nervous—it’s varsity. You never know what you’re going to get.” Varsity play is faster than junior level, and “you have to think about what you’re doing, while you’re doing it,” Turner said. “There’s more—and it’s more complex.”
“We brought it too late,” said junior Madi Bevens. “That’s a struggle for our team. We’re young. We’ll learn.”
Mount Si’s final game of the regular season is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Sammamish.
Follow the Mount Si girls at www.mshsgirlsbasketball.com.
Hayden Frederick, Kylie McLaughlin, Liz Prewitt and Annie Nelson line up, awaiting a pass from the sideline.
Madi Bevens works her way around an Interlake player.
Freshman guard Hayden Frederick fires a shot.
Senior Annie Nelson takes a free throw.
Kylie McLaughlin looks for an opening.
Mady Privatsky battles for a rebound against Interlake's Cate Mueller.
Prewitt watches for an opening
Sophomore post Annie Heibert protects the ball
Camryn Buck jumps for a block on defense.
Two girls from Cascade View Elementary, Thea Smith and Kennedy Porter, show off their wristbands. They were honorary bench members of the girls team on January 29.
Buck, Emma Smith and McLaughlin with their big Cascade View fans, Thea and Kennedy.
Seeking a shot, Prewitt talks to the team.
Camryn Buck at the free throw line.
Frederick moves the ball down court.
Elizabeth Prewitt drives past Interlake's Whitney Hoglund.
Bevens makes a free throw