Mount Si girls scorch Liberty

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The Mount Si Wildcats girls' basketball team continued their drive for a Valley Division championship by scorching the Liberty Patriots 62-37 in Kingco 3A Conference action last Friday night at Mount Si High School.

Although a number of Wildcats lead the charge in the scoring department, including senior post Nicci Landdeck with a game-high 26 and sophomore guard Rachel Travis with 13, it was Mount Si's ability to shutdown Liberty's top player, Hilary Tanneberg, that highlighted the game. Tanneberg, known for her scoring prowess, was held to just one three-pointer on the night, with that bucket coming late in the fourth quarter.

Credit Landdeck's defense for the result.

"Nicci Landdeck did a great job on her defensively, she got a lot of rebounds over her . . . despite like the fouls and stuff," said an elated Travis. "You know, we did really good."

Fellow sophomore guard Whitney Beyerlin called the effort a moral victory.

"That was really so good [that Tanneberg] only got three points because last time she scored 26 and it was a big victory in itself to hold her to that little because she's such an awesome player," said Beyerlin.

Mount Si Coach Dirk Hansen credited the victory to his team's preparedness, which he says made a statement.

"Hey, we came ready to play tonight. And plain and simple, we've never beaten Liberty on our home floor and we wanted to send a message to them tonight that we're for real," said Hansen.

Beyerlin's three-pointer just eight seconds into the game opened the scoring for Mount Si and they never looked back. After that bucket the Wildcats never relinquished the lead.

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