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Wildcat girls win big, twice
Last week was likely the easiest week the Mount Si Wildcats girls' basketball team will have this season as they hosted the two cellar-dwellers in Kingco 3A.
It was a one-sided affair last Tuesday as the Wildcats scored early and often, stole the ball regularly and basically put on a clinic as they easily swamped the Sammamish Totems.
Nine different players scored for Mount Si as they rolled 71-18, and the opportunity to give everyone quality playing time was refreshing for Wildcat coach Dirk Hansen.
"Oh, it was one of those nights where we're able to get all the girls on the floor and give our subs some quality minutes, which they just deserve," Hansen said.
Freshman Madison Yakaboski once again led all scorers with 19 points. Caitie Richards added 11 and Chelsie Eddings pitched in 10 points to help Mount Si's cause.
It helped that the Wildcats stole the ball 32 times and thumped Sammamish in rebounding 54-29, including a staggering 30-9 advantage on the offensive glass. Sophomore Meaghan Cavanaugh was thrilled to have the chance to play.
"Well, I'm just very happy and very honored to play with this team, and I'm glad to wear this jersey," Cavanaugh said.
One aspect of having this kind of one-sided show is that it gives the coaches a chance to evaluate the players as they head deep into the schedule.
"We get a better feel for what our subs can do in game situations, and so everybody improved a little bit tonight, and my starters now appreciate the time that they get on the floor," Hansen said.
The Interlake Saints came into Mount Si's gym last Friday and gave the Wildcats a bit of a battle in the first half. But Mount Si was able to pull away late, and easily beat Interlake 69-43.
Yakaboski continued her strong start, picking up one of two Wildcat double-doubles in the contest. She finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and shot better than 50 percent from the floor. Tara Eddings added her own double-double, a 12-point, 14-rebound effort. Richards added 16 rebounds and was pleased with the team's effort.
"I think we did really well," Richards said. "We played really good defense against them; they're a good offensive team and we just brought our game tonight."
For the record, Mount Si as a team stole the ball 28 times, blocked the ball 10 times and dominated again in rebounds, 65-41, with an astounding 38-14 edge on the offensive end.
Chelsie Eddings added 10 to pace the winning effort. Seven of nine Wildcats who played scored in the game.
The focal point of the current realignment discussion as it affects Kingco 3A concerns Interlake's future as a Kingco 3A school. Recent WIAA numbers show Interlake will be a 2A school next year, and there are questions about what that will mean for the Saints. Interlake coach Scott Marcum declined to comment about what his preference would be for the school's athletic alignment next year, but indicated that regardless of what happens, it won't change his approach.
"I'll continue to coach exactly the way I do, whether we're 2A or 3A or 4A or whatever we are," Marcum said.
The girls, like the Mount Si boys, will be playing at the Ellensburg holiday tournament over the break. Their first home game after the break is Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. against Mercer Island.