Everett’s Emma Larson (center) goes up for a shot with Cascade’s Kaylee Eke (left) and Cascade’s Grace Mitchell defending during the second quarter of the Seagulls’ 51-13 win over the Bruins in the annual BruGull Fest game Friday at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at Everett Community College. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett’s Emma Larson (center) goes up for a shot with Cascade’s Kaylee Eke (left) and Cascade’s Grace Mitchell defending during the second quarter of the Seagulls’ 51-13 win over the Bruins in the annual BruGull Fest game Friday at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at Everett Community College. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett girls basketball routs Cascade in rivalry clash

The Seagulls ran away with the annual BruGull Fest game with a suffocating defensive display.

EVERETT — It didn’t matter the situation. Made or missed basket, made or missed foul shot; Everett’s press defense sought out to suffocate its opponent right from the opening tip.

Mission accomplished.

The Seagulls forced 26 first-half turnovers and didn’t allow a single field goal in the first half and trounced Cascade, 51-13, in the annual BruGull Fest matchup at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at Everett Community College on Friday.

“We knew we wanted to come out and play well going into tonight’s game and we had such great practices leading up to this game,” Everett coach Luther Weathersby said. “After last night’s practice, I walked out of there saying, ‘We’re going to play well, because these kids practice well.’”

Everett fired off a 20-0 run to begin the game until a free throw from Kaylee Eke with 6:15 remaining in the second quarter broke the string. The Seagulls didn’t let off the gas and continued to press, taking a 31-4 lead into the locker room.

Weathersby said he was impressed with his team’s poise in a rivalry game. The Seagulls boast just two seniors, forward Brooklyn Johnson and guard Morgan Carter.

“I was impressed, because at a few points tonight we had four freshmen and a sophomore on the court,” sophomore point guard Farrah Parrish said. “They’re just getting better and better, so it’s very impressive.”

Cascade’s first field goal was courtesy of junior Shynenitha Pich at the 6:35 mark of the third quarter.

Everett’s scoring was bolstered by its young backcourt. Freshman Ella Sylvester and Carter led the Seagulls with 10 points apiece and Parrish chipped in nine.

Sylvester and Parrish, in addition to being two of the team’s top three scorers, were at the top of the Seagulls’ press and 2-3 trap defense and were the primary components of Everett’s defense.

“We practice defense every day,” Parrish said. “We get into this drill every day, and it’s just shuffling feet for like 30 minutes. We work hard on our defense.”

Weathersby said he’s wanted to employ a press in the past, but hasn’t always had the personnel to carry it out in the last couple years. With first-year players Parrish — she played junior varsity last year after transferring from Snohomish — and Sylvester, the future is bright.

“They’re going to be fantastic over the next couple years,” Weathersby said. “I’m really, really excited for the future of Everett basketball.”

Talk to us

More in Sports

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf makes a catch during NFL football practice Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Metcalf ready to feast for Seahawks in 2021

After a breakout season last year, the young WR is ‘hungry’ to add to his growing accomplishments.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason runs a drill during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind., Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Injuries could open door for Eason to start for Colts

The former Lake Stevens star is taking reps with the first team with Carson Wentz out indefinitely.

AquaSox's manager, Louis Boyd, Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett on July 28, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Frogs can’t dig out of big early hole, lose to Indians

Everett falls behind behind by nine runs after two innings and stumbles to a 9-1 loss to Spokane.

Former EvCC standout athlete killed in Spokane shooting

Jakobe Ford, 22, was named to the Northwest Athletic Conferences All-Decade teams for 2010-19.

Lake Steven's Trayce Hanks makes a catch for a touchdown during the Cougars Championship Passing Tournament at Lakewood High School on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
GALLERY: Lakewood hosts annual 7-on-7 football tournament

Some of the top schools in the region came out for the event, which included the popular lineman challenge.

Hadyn Fluery, a defenseman from the Anaheim Ducks, walks off stage after being introduced as a new player with the Seattle Kraken NHL hockey team, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, during the Kraken's expansion draft event in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Patterson: Can Kraken match success of Golden Knights? Maybe

Seattle’s roster may be as talented as the initial Vegas roster, but lacks additional future assets.

Runners pass the Olympic rings as they compete during the first round of the women’s 5,000-meter at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Friday in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Markovc finishes 20th in Olympic women’s 5,000 meters

The Glacier Peak High School graduate placed ninth in her heat and did not advance to Monday’s final.

Xander Schauffele, of the United States, holds his gold medal in the men's golf at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Kawagoe, Japan. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. golfer claims gold, as bronze goes to playoff holes

Bellevue golfer C.T. Pan, who represented Chinese Taipei, won the seven-way playoff.

AquaSox's Kaden Polcovich rounds third base after a home run Thursday evening at Funko Field in Everett on June 3, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
AquaSox weekly update: Everett takes 4 of 7 from Eugene

The first-place AquaSox won a tightly contested series. Plus, 2 more Everett players were promoted.

Most Read