Smith leads Darrington boys to 51-43 win

By Chris Trujillo

Herald Writer

EVERETT – Evan Smith poured in a game-high 19 points to lead Darrington over the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats, 51-43 Friday in a non-league game at Archbishop Murphy High School.

Smith, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, scorched the Wildcats for 10 points in the first quarter and nine in the second. Four fouls early in the second period left Smith on the bench for a for a chunk of the fourth quarter.

“He played a lot in the second half, it’s just he played a little quieter,” Darrington coach Jeff Bryson said. “I am really pleased with his game and our defense. Our defense has been winning games for us. But overall, I am most pleased with our intensity.”

The victory improved Darrington, which has yet to play a league game, to 5-1 overall. The Wildcats, who also have not played a league game thus far, dropped to 2-3 overall.

After taking a 17-14 lead after the first quarter, Darrington scored eight consecutive points late in the second quarter, six of which came off the steady hand of Smith, to take a 29-20 halftime lead.

Darrington held the Wildcats scoreless for the first five minutes of the third quarter en route to a 12-4 run. Ronnie McCoy scored five of his seven points during the stretch.

Jason Ashe dropped in a 3-pointer with1:41 remaining in the period to give Darrington a 41-27 lead after three quarters. Darrington held Archbishop Murphy to a combined 13 points in the second and third quarters.

Kurt Tompkins led the Wildcats with 15 points.


Darrington-Evans 19, Grimmer 2, Boyd 9, Wicken 2, Ashe 7, McCoy 7, Reece 5. Archbishop Murphy-Thompkins 15, Butler 6, Mulholland 6, Hagel 4, Albo 6, Duell 6. 3-point goals-Evans 2, Ashe 1, McCoy 1. Records-Darrington 5-1 overall. Archbishop 2-3.

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