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Mount Si survives Saints' third-quarter rally
SNOQUALMIE Mount Si High School's Isaiah Cormier
led the boys' basketball team with 25 points last Friday night at
home against the Interlake Saints to clinch yet another win for
Cormier's first basket of the night, which came early in the
first quarter, set a precedent for the rest of the game. The Wildcats took
to the court ready to stave off anything the Saints threw at them
be it arms, entire bodies and even last-minute three-pointers
made by Interlake's Andre Piper-Jordan.
The Wildcats led throughout the first quarter with the help
of Vince Longbucco's two points and Mike Dahm's
three-point shot. Sophomore Logan Ratcliffe also helped the cause with his
two-point shot in the last minute of the quarter to keep Mount
Si's lead at two.
Mount Si came back even tougher in the second quarter
with a well-orchestrated pass from Cormier to Michael Dollinter
and then back to Cormier, who shot it in with the poise of a
professional. This shot, along with Longbucco's two points,
upped the Wildcat lead to 17-11. From there, Mount Si didn't look
back, going into halftime with a 29-17 lead.
Interlake came back ready to pounce on the Wildcats in
the third quarter, and the Saints' fans also came back with a
vengeance. The sound of their feet pounding on the bleachers and
students screaming on their team echoed in the gymnasium, spurring
the Saints to close the gap to 33-31.
With 3:19 left on the clock in the third quarter, Interlake's
Brice Mathews tied the score at 33. Seconds later, Cormier took it to
the basket, increasing the Wildcats lead by two with only 2:12 left
in the quarter. That was followed by another basket by Mount
Si's Brett Bergstrom, boosting the lead to four.
Interlake reciprocated with two points by Michael Allan
with only 54 seconds left on the clock. After a missed Interlake
attempt, Cormier worked some more of his magic to rebound the shot
and score another two points, increasing the lead once again to
four points with only 49 seconds left. A flurry of Mount Si shooting
increased the `Cats' lead 44-35. The third quarter ended when
Interlake cut the lead to six with a three-pointer by Piper-Jordan.
In the fourth quarter, Ratcliffe's two points followed
by a three-pointer in the first two minutes of the quarter pulled
the Wildcats safely ahead of the Saints. Mount Si was able to
keep the Saints at bay for the next two minutes of the game with a
lead of 55-44.
With 3:18 left in the fourth quarter, the Saints came back
to within six points of Mount Si. The game got even more
interesting when Interlake's Piper-Jordan fouled out with only 2:55 left
in the quarter. The score narrowed to 60-55 with only 1:24 left to
go in the game. Interlake's Bryce Mackay made two more points
for Interlake, narrowing the spread to within three.
Foul shots dominated the rest of the quarter as the Wildcats
and the Saints took turns making baskets. With only 11 seconds
left and the score at 63-59, another foul was called on Interlake,
giving the Wildcats yet another chance to go to the
line. Longbucco sank both shots, and Interlake brought it down
the court in the last 10 seconds, missed, then made the
put-back to draw within four points, making the final score of the game