On a cold night in Mountlake Terrace, the girls high school basketball team seemed to bring some of that brisk weather indoors Thursday night. The Hawks shot just 26.7 percent from the field as the team lost to the Glacier Peak Grizzlies 53-42 at Mountlake Terrace High School.
The result gave both Terrace and Glacier Peak a share of the Wesco 3A South Conference title as the two teams ended the regular season with identical league records of 11-2. The Grizzlies will be seeded the No. 1 South team in the upcoming District 1 3A tournament due to its 2-0 record over No. 3 seed Shorecrest, a team that Terrace split two games with this year.
Thursday’s regular season finale saw the Hawks jump out to a 10-4 lead in the first quarter, but the Grizzlies then went on a 16-3 run over a six-minute span in the first half. Terrace’s shooting was ice cold in the second quarter, as the team missed its first seven shots and finished the period shooting just 15.3 percent.
Glacier Peak carried a 23-20 lead into the locker room at halftime, then built it up to 37-26 after three quarters. Terrace shot just 1-11 in the third quarter, scoring their only field goal on an Amanda Tomkins lay-in late in the period.
Hawk Samantha Romanowski, averaging more than 17 points per game, was held to just 10 points during the contest. “We just tried to make that sure she was contained and that they weren’t running stuff off of her,” said Grizzlies Coach Brian Hill. “We just made sure we did a lot of help whenever she got the ball.”
Romanowski scored eight points in the first quarter, but was held to two converted free throws for the remainder of the game. With her teammate being shut down by a smothering Glacier Peak defense, Hawk Maddy Kristjanson tried to fill the scoring void; the senior finished with 16 points for the game, but struggled in that decisive third quarter with 0-5 shooting from the field.
The Grizzlies were led by the 17 points of senior Taylor Baird; teammate Sadie Mensing added 12 points for Glacier Peak.
Despite the defeat, Terrace finished the 2013-2014 regular season with an overall record of 16-4, a fact not lost on first-year Coach Zack Wilde. “Of course it hurts to lose, and to lose kind of like we did where we didn’t play very well,” he said. “We had only probably six minutes out of the whole game where we actually played pretty decent. But there’s nothing to be disappointed about. I guarantee you that 99 percent of the coaches and everybody else didn’t think Terrace would be in this situation playing this game.”
Though the two teams tied for first place in the South conference, the winner of Thursday game would be awarded the No. 1 South seed in the district tournament. With the loss, Terrace heads into the postseason as the No. 2 South seed and will host a first round game next Wednesday, Feb. 12, against the No. 3 North seed.
With two players over 6 feet tall, Glacier Peak towered over the smaller Terrace squad. But matching up against the taller Grizzlies didn’t bother Wilde. “When you got two players that if you put them combined they’re the size of at least four or five of my tall girls on the team, it makes it a little tougher,” he explained.
“But, you know what, we’re faced with that every game,” Wilde continued. “It doesn’t matter who we play, every team in the league and in the state is bigger than us. So, yeah, it’s a tough match-up, but I tried not to worry about the other team. They have to match up with us too. So, you know what, as much as it’s hard to match up with them, it’s still okay. I’m still happy with how we played and how we handled it.”
MTHS Girls Basketball vs. Glacier Peak, Feb. 6
Glacier Peak 11 12 14 16 — 53
Mountlake Terrace 12 8 6 16 — 42
MTHS individual scoring: Maddy Kristjanson 16; Samantha Romanowski 10; Nikkie Froehlich 6; Shaian Pagaling 6; Riley Zucker 2; Amanda Tompkins 2; Claire Zucker; Kristy Dale; Kenzie Zehrung; Yesenia Pena
Glacier Peak individual scoring: Taylor Baird 17; Sadie Mensing 12; Nicole Fausey 8; Kianna Garner 7; Sarah Smith 3; Sawyer Manning 3; Natalie Rasmussen 2; Samantha Fatkin 1; Kaela Collins; Victoria Goudreau
Records: Mountlake Terrace 11-2 in Wesco League, 16-4 overall; Glacier Peak 11-2, 18-2
MTHS next game: First round of District 1 3A Girls Basketball Tournament versus Wesco North No. 3 seed, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski