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Pirates end week with decisive victory
The Pirate girls basketball team played twice last week, dropping a close game at home against the Bellevue Christian Vikings on Tuesday before winning on the road versus the Chimacum Cowboys on Friday.
The Pirates played outstanding defense against the Vikings, which led to them trailing by only a single point at halftime, 18-17. Through most of the second half, the margin between the teams stayed small, and the score was tied with less than two minutes to play.
The game turned when a Pirate miss on a 3-point opportunity was followed by a 3-point shot from the Vikings. Vashon narrowed the lead back to 1, but had to put the Vikings on the line to regain possession, ultimately losing 40-35 in a game that was closer than the final 5-point margin.
Anya Quig and Taegen Lynch each scored 13 points for the Pirates, with Sienna Jannetty adding 7 and Kalie Heffernan adding a 2-pointer.
In the Friday night contest, Vashon used full-court pressure and consistent offense to beat the Cowboys. Vashon controlled the tempo and scoreboard for most of the game, taking a 17-11 lead to the break.
In the second half, the Pirates pulled away, scoring 16 points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter on their way to a 40-21 win.
Quig scored 21 points for Vashon, while Lynch added 9. Tianna Koenig and Siena Janetty added 4, while Natalie VanDevanter added 2 and rounded out the Pirate offense.
“Our offense played with the most maturity we have had all season,” said coach Henry Porter after the game. “The girls were finding the open shooter, and we did a great job taking the shots from where we wanted to take them.”
Vashon played Eatonville Tuesday for senior night after press time and are slated to finish the regular season against Charles Wright on Thursday.
— Gary Means is the assistant coach of the Pirates girls basketball team.