Archbishop Murphy girls beat Anacortes in district opener

EVERETT — The postseason inexperience showed early for Archbishop Murphy, but the play of sophomore Megan Wall in the second half lifted the Wildcats to a 45-37 win over Anacortes in a 2A District 1/2 Tournament first-round game Friday night.

“We came out a bit flat,” said Archbishop Murphy head coach Cassie Snyder. “We started out not being ready to score. We don’t really have a lot of experience, so jitters definitely got to us early on.”

Trailing 25-20 at halftime, the Wildcats made a few defensive adjustments and Wall scored the majority of her game-high 25 points in the second half to lead Murphy to the come-from-behind win. The Wildcats held the Seahawks to 12 points in the final two quarters.

“(Megan) worked her tail off tonight,” Snyder said. “She did a great job at drawing attention away from her teammates and she did a nice job in the second half, she got some steals and made some easy buckets.”

Up next for Archbishop Murphy is Lynden, who beat Lakewood 63-29, in the semifinals on Monday at 7 p.m.

“Honestly I don’t know a lot about them,” Snyder said on her team’s next opponent. “All we know is that they’re a very talented team that has experience.”

At Archbishop Murphy H.S.

Anacortes71866—37

Archbishop Murphy6141312—45

Anacortes—Brook Riordan 0, Hope Hurlado 15, Jillian Welk 3, Mackenzie Wright 6, Justine Boydston 0, Stella Gillman 0, Brooke Geffe 4, Tania Daou 9, Alexander Aldridge 0, Kayla Matthews 0, Sadie Santiago 0. Archbishop Murphy—Jenna Martin 2, Haley Sizelove 6, Alyson Matriotti 2, Addison Schmidt 2, Megan Wall 25, Kacey Moore 0, Sam Hayward 8, Madeline Maher 0, Elianna Lucas 0. 3-point goals—Sizelove, Wall, Hayward, Daou. Records—Anacortes not reported. Archbishop Murphy 11-8.

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