With just moments left in the Wildcats’ 54-43 victory over conference rival Issaquah, Mount Si High School Senior Lauren Glazier, with her back to the basket, spun and sank a mid-range jumper to close out a historic performance.
That final basket brought Glazier’s total for the evening to 35 points. Not only was that a career high for the four-year varsity center, but it was also likely one of, if not the most, points scored by a Wildcat in a single game.
“It felt awesome,” Glazier said of the effort. “It was a game we were looking forward to and it’s definitely one that I will remember for a while.”
The Valley Record was unable to verify officially through the school or Washington Interscholastic Activities Association if it was indeed a school record, but local photographer Curt Carlson said it is the most points he’s seen in 12 years of shooting Mount Si basketball.
For years, Glazier has been a prolific scorer and presence for the Wildcats. As a sophomore, she led the team in scoring, averaging just under 13 points a game while also contributing 6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Her offensive prowess is one of the reasons she’s committed to play Division I basketball next fall at Washington State University.
“She’s a great leader and an amazing athlete. She can score inside and out,” said Mount Si varsity coach Robert Lowden. “She is very coachable and always takes what we ask her to do in practice to the game.”
So far this season, the Wildcats are off to a 3-2 conference record (6-4 overall) and sit in second place in the highly competitive KingCo Crest Division. Glazier said she is hopeful the team can make a run at the playoffs and state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
This comes after a junior season where Glazier and the Wildcats played just two games due to the shortened COVID season. Despite this time apart, Glazier said the team chemistry has bloomed well this year.
“It’s been difficult and a little weird, but it’s also nice to feel that we have a chance to have a normal season to hang out as a team, meet our new coach and make as many memories as possible,” she said.
Glazier said although her performance from last week ranks among her top memories, the time she has spent with her teammates are the memories that stand out the most. She named teammates Grace Turley and Ellie Vincent as just some of the people who have helped her the most over the years.
“When I go out there and we’re having fun and smiling and playing basketball, it’s the thing that brings me the most joy,” she said. “I stay motivated because I don’t want to lose that.”