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Mount Si unable to upset Totems

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SAMMAMISH — Approximately 200 girls' basketball

fans gathered in the Sammamish High School gymnasium Friday, Feb.

2, to witness a battle between the 3A KingCo Valley Division

leaders, the Totems and the Mount Si Wildcats.

Sammamish won the tip-off at the start of the game, made

the first basket and was able to sustain dominance over Mount Si

for the remainder of the game with the help of

Yasmine Goomansingh's 18 points and Darby Sparks's contribution of

13. The Totems' Stephanie Tolan had seven rebounds, and

Russy Graterol had six assists. Sammamish won 55-42.

The Wildcats' Moriah Hover, who holds the league scoring

title with 311 points for the season, only recorded 11 points for

the night due to Sammamish's double-team effort against

her. She did, however, lead the team with 18 rebounds.

"The biggest thing that hurt us is when you're playing a

team with nine seniors, you can't put them at the line," Mount Si

coach Dirk Hansen said. "They just sat there at the free-throw line

and shot free-throw after free-throw."

Sammamish led the Wildcats 7-0 in the first quarter until

Hover drove to the basket with the first two points for Mount Si.

Late in the first quarter, Kristen Hilty, a 5-foot-7 forward

for Sammamish, jumped to retrieve a ball and fell backward, hitting

her head and tailbone on the gym floor. Hilty lay on the floor for

a minute or two and was put back in the game by coach

Lorinda Fikkema, who later said Hilty felt fine after her fall.

Sammamish led 13-2 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Mount Si's Angela Jones narrowed

the score to 13-4, but the team was unable to close the gap. The

first-place 3A KingCo Valley Division Totems were too hungry to

give up a loss to the No. 2 Wildcats.

Late in the second quarter, Hover blocked a shot and

drove the ball from Sammamish's basket all the way down to

Mount Si's before anyone could contest her two-point attempt. Mount

Si trailed 26-11after Hover's basket. By halftime, Sammamish led

30-13.

The third quarter did not bode well for the Wildcats, despite

holding the Totems to 15 points while scoring 14. But Mount Si

came back in the fourth quarter with better defense, precise

shooting and 15 points to Sammamish's 10. The team was not able to

pull ahead of the Totems in the final minutes, and Sammamish

claimed the victory, winning 55-42.

Hansen said the team felt good about its season.

"It's coming together. Last year we only had seven wins,

and a couple of those were in non-league games," he said. "It's

a great improvement over last year."

The Wildcats ended their season with a second-place

6-7 league record. They play Issaquah in Game 7 at the league

tournament Saturday at Bellevue Community College.

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