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Great scoring runs don’t bring victory for hoopsters
Though Anya Quig scored a team high of 19 points and Siena Jannetty added 11, the Pirate girls basketball team still dropped its league game on Tuesday, Jan. 7, against the Bellevue Christian Vikings.
Vashon overcame an early 7-point deficit to end the opening quarter with a 14-13 lead but did not hold it, trailing by 11 at the half. While the second half was played relatively evenly, the Pirates were unable to close the gap in a 49-36 loss.
Vashon played the game without the services of starter Annika Hille, who was sidelined with a fractured thumb suffered in the first quarter of a game against Seattle Academy. Hille has been the team’s second leading scorer and a strong defensive presence.
“Only scoring 6 points in the second quarter really hurt,” said coach Henry Porter after the game, “but I loved the effort and energy with which the girls played.”
Kalie Heffernan scored 4 points, and Tianna Koenig scored 2 points for Vashon in the game against the Vikings.
On Friday, Vashon hosted the Chimacum Cowboys for a game that ended in another disappointing loss.
Vashon jumped out to a 10-3 first-quarter lead before an early second-quarter collision sidelined Quig for the remainder of the game.
Vashon was further impacted by the need to sit Jannetty for much of the game due to early foul trouble. The Pirates’ decimated roster battled gamely, trailing by just 2 points at the half, but would get no closer in a 35-29 loss.
“Having your three leading scorers on the sideline, whatever the reasons, impacts continuity, and we saw that tonight,” Porter said.
The Pirates traveled to Eatonville on Tuesday after press deadline. They will host Charles Wright at home on Friday.
— Gary Means is the assistant coach of the Vashon girls basketball team.