Glacier Peak boys ride stifling defense to bi-district title

The undefeated Grizzlies rout Inglemoor 50-29 in the Wes-King Bi-District Tournament title game.

EVERETT — From feeling overlooked three months ago to cutting a net down in the Wes-King Bi-District Tournament title game, Glacier Peak would be hard-pressed to dream up a better regular season and beginning to postseason play.

After stacking up 20 consecutive regular-season wins and claiming a Wesco 4A league title, the Grizzlies added three more wins in six days to tack on a district championship to their resume.

On Friday night, Glacier Peak earned win No. 23 using a dominant defensive performance. For 32 minutes, the Grizzlies hounded Inglemoor’s offense, giving the Vikings little room to operate and few open shots.

Glacier Peak held an opponent under 30 points for the fourth time this season, earning a 50-29 championship win at Everett Community College’s Walt Price Student Fitness Center gym.

“It’s great,” said GP coach Brian Hunter. “It’s really cool for these guys that have worked so hard. We didn’t have huge expectations I don’t think outside of our program, so to accomplish this has been awesome.”

Next for the Grizzlies (23-0) will be a regional state tournament game, which will almost certainly be for a first-round bye at the 4A Hardwood Classic.

There were no shortage of Glacier Peak offensive and defensive contributors Friday.

Senior Brayden Corwin led GP’s balanced attack with 11 points. Brayden Quantrille added nine points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Bobby Siebers scored nine points and Tucker Molina recorded eight to go with five assists. Senior 6-foot-6 forward Pierce Darlington had five points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

In what Hunter considered somewhat of an off-night for Glacier Peak’s offense, the Grizzlies’ defense more than made up for it. GP’s first half zone look kept Inglemoor off-balance, and the Vikings finished with just 10 first-half points on four made field goals.

“It was super,” Hunter said of his team’s defense. “It’s hard to get on a guy at halftime in the locker room and say, ‘You got to pick it up on the defensive end,’ having given up 10.”

After an initial feeling-out period, Glacier Peak turned a 5-4 deficit into a 19-7 lead over a 10 minute first-half span.

Reserve guard Caleb Lee gave the Grizzlies a strong boost off the bench late in the second quarter, scoring four points and sending GP into the break with a 24-10 advantage.

Already well-positioned for a title win, Corwin essentially put the game away for good during a 1:35 third-quarter display of marksman perimeter shooting

Corwin first knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, extending the Grizzly’s lead to 31-13 with 4:55 to go in the third. Then Corwin went next-level. The sharpshooter worked off a screen to get enough space for a third straight 3-point attempt, but in mid-air an Inglemoor defender positioned himself to block Corwin. The GP senior double-pumped to get a shot off and buried it, pushing GP’s lead to 34-13 and prompting an Inglemoor timeout.

“After the first half, going 0-for-4, coming into the second half feeling good with the team energy, I just felt like firing,” Corwin said. “The last (3), I saw his hand, avoided it and just followed through. It went in and felt really good to get those three.”

Glacier Peak led by as much as 25 early in the fourth quarter and cruised the rest of the way.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Glacier Peak's Ashton Olson makes a touchdown reception with Woodinville's Jeffrey Perran trailing Thursday evening at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell on September 16, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A look at this week’s top local high school football matchups

Glacier Peak-Marysville Pilchuck and Lake Stevens-Archbishop Murphy highlight the Week 4 action.

Archbishop Murphy's Taylor Campbell celebrates her header goal off a corner kick from Jordyn Latta, left, Thursday night at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett on September 23, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
GALLERY: Murphy blanks Monroe in early Wesco 2A/3A battle

The Wildcats win 5-0 and improve to 7-0 on the season while handing the Bearcats their first defeat.

White line on Green grass sport field for sport concept
Prep results for Thursday, Sept. 24

Prep results for Thursday, Sept. 24: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Clockwise from top left: Zac Hereth, Cameron Van Til, Tom Lafferty and Steve Willits.
Prep football picks for Week 4

Local experts take a crack at picking the winners for this week’s games.

Lake Stevens' Drew Carter celebrates with the fans Friday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on September 17, 2021. The Vikings defeated the Irish, 20-3. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Associated Press high school football poll for Week 4

Lake Stevens vaults to No. 3 in 4A after its huge win over O’Dea.

Lake Stevens' celebrate a point against Edmonds-Woodway Tuesday night at Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds on September 7, 2021. The Vikings won in straight sets. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
High School volleyball coaches poll for Sept. 22

Lake Stevens and Arlington both remain ranked in the most recent state volleyball coaches poll.

X
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Sept. 13-19

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Sept. 13-19. Voting closes at… Continue reading

Steve Raible, former KIRO 7 anchor and the "Voice of the Seahawks" give the keynote address Wednesday night during the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame banquet at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett September 22, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
2020 class enters Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame

The newest inductees were honored at a banquet held Wednesday evening in Everett.

AquaSox's manager, Louis Boyd, Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett on July 28, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
AquaSox announce 2022 schedule, opener on April 8

Everett will open the 132-game High-A West season with a three-game series at home against Eugene.

Most Read