SNOHOMISH — Good defense got the Glacier Peak girls basketball team the lead and the Grizzlies held off an incredible effort by Masha Shtikel to win the game all by herself in a 40-36 win in a Wesco 3A South game.
Shtikel scored 11 fourth-quarter points as the Thunderbirds outscored the Grizzlies 11-4 in the quarter.
“We were just holding our breath,” said Glacier Peak head coach Brian Hill. “Masha decided to kind of take over herself. … She tried to take control of the game. She drove strong and finished well.”
Hill had Sadie Mensing defending Shtikel for the entire game. Mensing held Shtikel to four points in the first half, five in the third quarter, and under her average of 22, said Hill.
“I told (Mensing) to stick to her like glue. She did a good job.”
Shtikel got open in the fourth quarter by running off screens and trying to create a little offense on her own, said Hill.
On offense for the Grizzlies, Allie Weathersby nearly matched Shtikel’s 20 points, scoring 18.
Hill says Weathersby can play post and wing and is tough to guard.
“If they go big on her, we go outside. If they go small we get in on the inside. (Weathersby) did a good job of dictating control of our offense today,” said Hill.
Overall it was a hard-fought game, and Glacier Peak was able to execute.
“We kind of had a game plan going in. Defense. … Try to hold them under 40,” said Hill. “We got a chance and we were able to do do that.”
At Glacier Peak H.S.
Shorewood—Masha Shtikel 20, Lauren Thompson 2, Kayla Bradley 0, Gabby Hager 5, Salyna McDonald 0, Lily Gustafson 4, Abby Gustafson 0, Karrin Leazer 0, Kassie Rasmussen 4, Angel Tulee 1. Glacier Peak—Sadie Mensing 5, Sophia Gaffney 2, Victoria Goudreau 0, India Smith 6, Sarah Smith 2, Sawyer Manning 0, Kianna Garner 3, Nicole Fausey 4, Allie Weathersby 18. 3-point goals—Shtikel 2, Hager 1, Garner 1, Westhersby 2. Records—Shorewood 3-1 league, 5-2 overall. Glacier Peak 2-1, 4-3.