AUBURN — Three tough foes in three days finally caught up with the Snohomish Panthers girls basketball team.
Facing their third top-five ranked team from Oregon in as many days, the Panthers fell to Southridge (Ore.) 48-42 in their final game at the Auburn Riverside Tournament.
Snohomish finished 2-1 during the three-day hoops invitational at Auburn Riverside High School.
The game was tied at 21 at halftime but Southridge exploded in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 17-4.
“We executed well, we just missed our shots,” Snohomish assistant coach Joel Boyer said. “They obviously didn’t miss theirs.”
Down by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, the Panthers (5-2 overall) got as close as four in the final period. Although Snohomish’s defense held Southridge without a field goal in the fourth quarter, the Oregon squad sealed the victory by making 10 free throws.
“They’re a great team,” Boyer said of the third-ranked Class 6A team in Oregon. “They’re a very disciplined team.”
Snohomish’s Ally Schmitt led all scorers with 16 points.
“She played very poised,” Boyer said, adding that Schmitt made it very “difficult for them on defense.”
Boyer also pointed out the “great job” by the Panthers’ posts, especially Katie Benson who finished with 15 points.
The Panthers concluded a grueling schedule that saw them play Oregon’s defending 5A state champion Jefferson on Tuesday, the top-ranked 6A team Jesuit on Wednesday and the two-time defending 6A champion — and two-time 4A champs prior to that — Southridge on Thursday.
“We played phenominal competition,” Boyer said, noting that facing tough opponents for three straight days was a good experience for the Panthers.
“It gave us an idea of what the state tournament is like,” he said.
At Auburn Riverside H.S.
Southridge—Weiss 9, Cannon 2, Greene 11, Johnson 8, Dalthorp 6, Ashenselper 8, Brock 4. Snohomish—Keithley, Guthrie 3, Schmitt 16, Lampman 4, Wayman, Timmerman, Berg, Benson 15, Bride 2, Balin 2. 3-point goals—Guthrie 1, Schmitt 2, Weiss 1. Records—Snohomish 5-2 overall. Southridge not reported.
Cedarcrest 47, Squalicum 44: At Bellingham, led by the 17 points of Brooke Chapman —11 of which came from the free-throw line — Cedarcrest was able to defeat Squalicum, the host of the Storm Basketball Classic. Jackie Taylor added 11 points for the Red Wolves, who improved their overall record to 3-2 with the non-conference win.
At Squalicum H.S.
Cedarcrest—Chapman 17, Kevin 2, Den-Hardog 9, Houser 2, Taylor 11, Richter 6. Squalicum—Seldal 1, Horne 6, Follis 11, Stackhouse 3, Sytsma 8, Lyon 9, Grattic 4, Kaui 2. 3-point goals—Taylor 3, Horne 2, Lyon 1. Records—Cedarcrest 3-2 overall. Squalicum not reported.
Oak Harbor 63, Coupeville 51: At Oak Harbor, Mike Washington Jr. scored a season high 26 points, including 15 of Oak Harbor’s 18 in the third quarter, to help lead the Wildcats to the non-conference win.
At Oak Harbor H.S.
Coupeville—Williams 2, Wilcox 5, Bagby 11, Wacker 3, Peters 14, E. King, T. King, Brookhouse, Smith 2, Walstad 13. Oak Harbor—Boesch 6, Haley 7, Schulle, Fiske 7, Cole 2, Edens, Stout 9, Washington Jr. 26, Smith 4, Bratt, Waller, Nadeau 2. 3-point goals—Haley 1, Washington Jr. 3, Bagby 1, Wacker 1, Peters 1. Records—Coupeville 3-2 overall. Oak Harbor 1-5.
Lake City (Idaho) 66, Monroe 35: At Couer d’Alene, Monroe fell to Lake City at the North Idaho College Tournament.