Rusty? Panthers do fine

By Chris Beatty

Herald Writer

SNOHOMISH — They hadn’t played a game in 11 days, but the Snohomish boys basketball team didn’t show any signs of rust in a 69-52 Western Conference 4A North division victory over Lake Stevens on Tuesday night.

Snohomish showed a great deal of hustle rebounding and on defense.

"I was happy with the way we ran the court," Snohomish coach Len Bone said. "They (Lake Stevens) have a good team, but I thought our perimeter guys played outstanding."

Snohomish was forced to re-schedule last week’s game against Lynden because Lynden’s football team advanced to the state championship game. Missing that basketball game, in conjunction with a scheduled bye, led to the lengthy hiatus for Snohomish’s players — their last contest was Nov. 30.

With Tuesday’s win, Snohomish improved to 1-0 in division and 3-0 overall. Lake Stevens fell to 1-1, 3-2.

Snohomish was able to build a 38-29 halftime lead thanks in part to the play of Ryan Sommer. The senior guard scored 12 points in the first half.

"It was tough waiting," said Sommer, who finished with a game-high 24 points. "It’s great that we finally got to play a game."

Snohomish’s work on defense, particularly by the guards, led to a lot of fast break baskets. Sommer had a team-high five steals, which helped to trigger the break.

"This was a great high school game," Lake Stevens coach Norm Lowery said. "Their defense gave us some trouble, and they had some great stuff off of the break as a result of our turnovers."

Despite the efforts of Lake Stevens’ Ryan Andrews, who finished the game with 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists, the Vikings were never able to close the gap Snohomish built by halftime.

The Panthers’ Scott Shine contributed 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Trevor Johnson scored 12 points for Lake Stevens.

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