With a new enthusiasm for competition, the Mountlake Terrace girls basketball team came out running and never looked back, defeating the Kingston Buccaneers 52-34 and capturing third place at the King’s Christmas Tournament on Saturday.
The Hawks pressured the Buccaneers from the opening tipoff. “We put in a new press for the tournament and it worked good, but it’s very tiring,” said Nikkie Froehlich. While the team fatigued late in Friday’s game against Enumclaw, Mountlake Terrace (3-8) was able to sustain their effort through four quarters against Kingston (2-2) and come away with the win.
Samantha Romanowski favors the new attacking Hawk team; “We get a lot of steals,” she said.
Froehlich led a balanced scoring attack for the Hawks with 13 points; Maddie Kristjanson added 12 points, while Romanowski dropped in 10. Kingston was led by the 12 points of Katelyn Carper; Savannah Turrieta added 11 points.
Mountlake Terrace returns to Wesco action on Friday, Jan. 4, when they travel to Oak Harbor to play the Wildcats at 7:15 p.m.
Mountlake Terrace quarter scoring: 18 9 14 11 – 52
Kingston quarter scoring: 10 9 10 5 – 34
Mountlake Terrace individual scoring: Nikkie Froehlich 13; Maddie Kristjanson 12; Samantha Romanowski 10; Kirsty Dale 7; Kenzie Grayson 6; Siera Prout 3; Riley Zucker 1; Jessenia Pena; Skylar Zenk
Kingston individual scoring: Katelyn Carper 12; Savannah Turrieta 11; Sierra Smith 6; Lilly Eckhart 3; Aileen Kaye 2; Nicole Day; Sarah Hamai; Josie Wilson; Madison Worland
?Saturday’s results (King’s Christmas Tournament)
Championship Game:? Newport 41, Enumclaw 28
3rd Place Game:? Mountlake Terrace 52, Kingston 34
Other games: ?King’s 74, Chief Sealth 30; ?Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 57, Nathan Hale 31