Just 24 hours after a resounding victory at Cascade, the Mountlake Terrace High School girls basketball team hit the courts again Thursday for their opening home game of the year. The team showed no fatigue as they jumped to a 19-6 first quarter lead, then cruised to a 52-26 victory over the Sultan Turks at Mountlake Terrace High School.
After leading Terrace with 29 points on Wednesday, Sam Romanowski again was the team’s top scorer on Thursday, pouring in 14. The Hawks featured a balanced offense attack in the win as Maddy Kristjanson scored 12, Nikki Froehlich dropped in 11, and Shaian Pagaling added 11. Sultan (1-1) was led by the six points of Randi Tuggle.
Head Coach Zach Wilde had mixed emotions about his squad’s performance Thursday. “I think they showed moments when we can be really good and moments when they can have lapses and letdowns,” he said.
“I like how they executed when we actually asked them to run something. When I called timeouts, they actually ran the play the way I wanted them to run it,” Wilde explained.
“I didn’t like our ups and downs on defense,” he continued. “I tried to explain to them (that) on offense we’re going to have our ups and downs. We’re going to miss shots, we’re going to turn the ball over; but defense, our intensity has got to be at our highest level all the time. We kind of had that lapse a little.”
When the Terrace defense showed less intensity in the second and third quarters, Sultan took advantage and scored 20 of their 26 points. But the Hawks cranked up the defense pressure in the final quarter, holding the Turks scoreless and easily securing the victory.
Terrace (2-0) will try for a perfect first week of the season when they take on Davis of Yakima on Saturday at the Sundome. The game, scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m., is part of the three-day Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic at the venue.
The chance to travel east of the Cascades for a game came about after a previously scheduled match-up with Lynnwood was scratched; Wilde quickly jumped on the opportunity to play Davis.
“That was scheduled by me,” Wilde said. “I wanted us to get away from everything. I thought it would be a good thing for us to get away, go do some bonding, and play a team that we wouldn’t normally play.”
Following Saturday’s game, the Hawks return to Mountlake Terrace for a home game against Edmonds-Woodway on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Tip-off is slated for 7:15 p.m.
MTHS Girls Basketball versus Sultan, Dec. 5
Sultan 6 10 10 0 — 26
Terrace 19 9 9 15 — 52
Records: Mountlake Terrace 2-0; Sultan 1-1
MTHS scoring: Sam Romanowski 14; Maddy Kristjanson 12; Nikki Froehlich 11; Shaian Pagaling 11; Riley Zucker 2; Senaiet Zerom 2; Kirsty Dale; Yesenia Pena; Amanda Tompkins
Sultan scoring: Randi Tuggle 6; Belle Ellis 5; Jessica Hopkins 4; Chrishelle Sentman 4; Courtney Morris 3; Raeghan Belcher 2; Payton McGuire 2; Hanna Beirbrauer; Shelby Jeffries; Khayla Mackenzie
MTHS next game: versus Davis, Saturday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m., Sundome (Yakima)
— By Doug Petrowski