On a night when the Mountlake Terrace High School girls basketball team honored their seniors, it was an underclassman that stole the show.
Junior Samantha Romanowski scored six of the Hawks final seven points and lead the team to a 52-45 victory over the visiting Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks Wednesday night at Mountlake Terrace High School.
With the scored tied 45-45, it was a Romanowski steal and three-point play that put Terrace ahead for good. The junior stepped in front of a Tomahawk, stole the ball, drove the length of the court and dropped in a running lay-in while being fouled with 1:50 remaining. Romanowski completed the three-point play by converting the free throw, then made a 12-foot jumper with 1:14 left. She added one more free throw with 26 seconds left to seal the win for Terrace.
Romanowski scored a game-high 26 points, half of the Hawks total points on the night. Maddy Kristjanson added 12 points, while Nikkie Forehlich’s eight points and Shaian Pagaling’s six points rounded out the Terrace scoring. Jenika Anglim led the Tomahawks in scoring with 22 points.
The match-up was close throughout, with six ties and nine lead changes in the game. Hot outside shooting by the Tomahawks gave the visitors several early leads; Marysville-Pilchuck shot 4-7 from beyond the three-point arc in the first half, but second half shooting woes ultimately did them in. M-P scored just one point in the final 4:17 of the third quarter, then could only muster two points in the final 5:
30 of the game.
Following the match-up. Mountlake Terrace seniors Kristjanson, Froehlich, Kirsty Dale, Yesenia Pena, Amanda Tompkins and Senaiet Zerom were given gifts of flowers, balloons and photo collages in recognition of their final year of high school basketball. Kristjanson commented that it’s one of the best sports seasons she’s experienced at Terrace. “It’s definitely super-exciting,” she said.
“This year we definitely have a lot more team chemistry,” she continued. “We’re not just friend on-the-court, we’re friends off-the-court. We have team sleepovers, we go out to eat together, we just do everything together. We’re a family.”
Dale echoed the sentiments of Kristjanson, noting that the team has been working together to improve since last summer, and all that hard work is now translating into a successful and memorable season.
The year is certainly not over for the Hawks (9-1 in Wesco play, 14-3 overall) yet. The team will face strong opponents from the Wesco 3A South Conference in their final three games of the regular season, then will jump into District 1 competition – possible as the No. 1 South seed – beginning on Feb. 12.
Terrace will travel to Shorewood High School on Friday, Jan. 31, for a 7:15 p.m. match-up with the T-Birds.
MTHS Girls Basketball vs. Marysville-Pilchuck, Jan. 29
Marysville-Pilchuck 16 13 6 10 — 45
Mountlake Terrace 15 14 10 13 — 52
MTHS individual scoring: Samantha Romanowski 26; Maddy Kristjanson 12; Nikkie Forehlich 8; Shaian Pagaling 6; Kirsty Dale; Riley Zucker; Yesenia Pena; Kenzie Zehrung; Amanda Tompkins; Senaiet Zerom; Claire Zucker
Marysville-Pilchuck individual scoring: Jenika Anglim 22; Jordan Bengen 9; Charlee Pilon 7; Amanda Klep 4; Marley Reynolds 2; Binta Bojang 1; Stephanie Struthers
Records: Mountlake Terrace 9-1 in Wesco League, 14-3 overall; Marysville-Pilchuck 3-7, 6-11
MTHS next game: versus Shorewood, Friday, Jan. 31, 7:15 p.m. at Shorewood High School
— By Doug Petrowski