Wildcat girls make it to district

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The Mount Si Wildcat girls' basketball team advanced to the Sea-King 3A District Basketball Tournament as the Kingco Conference No. 5 seed with a 69-53 win over the Liberty Patriots in a winner-to-district game last Saturday at Bellevue Community College. The win came as the 'Cats were up against the wall after losing earlier in the week to Skyline 57-47, forcing them into the consolation bracket.

Senior post Nicci Landdeck, along with sophomore guards Whitney Beyerlin and Rachel Travis, scored 14 points to lead a balanced Wildcat attack. Junior post Hillary Tanneberg led Liberty in scoring with a game-high 16 points.

The game was close at the opening, but Beyerlin's outside shooting midway through the first quarter propelled the Wildcats into a 11-5 lead. Mount Si took off from there and had a 16-9 lead after one quarter.

The Wildcats continued to chip away at the Liberty attack, pounding hard for every possible rebound, which in many cases they got. Mount Si opened the second quarter on a 9-1 run and had the game sealed from that point. The Wildcats went into halftime up 38-17.

Mount Si maintained the advantage throughout the second half, increasing their lead to 57-34 after three quarters. Liberty mounted a minor rally late in the fourth quarter, aided by a Mount Si illegal substitution technical foul.

The technical foul came as the result of Mount Si failing to meet a 10 minute deadline to get Kaybee Crossan in the scorebook. Coach Hansen said the foul was the result of a simple mistake, as he and the scorekeeper discussed the issue but did not know of the deadline.

"As it was, though, the game was already over by that point, so there wasn't much harm done," said Hansen.

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