Glacier Peak beats Jackson | Girls basketballGrizzlies move on to district finals
Glacier Peak came out with intensity and focus in its 4A District 1 girls basketball tournament semifinal game against Jackson.
The Grizzlies forced turnover after turnover against the Timberwolves and converted those opportunities into baskets and a commanding 25-5 first quarter lead on the way to a 66-36 victory Saturday, Feb. 11, at Snohomish High School.
Glacier Peak was scheduled to play Lake Stevens in the district championship game Thursday, Feb. 16, after the Beacon’s deadlines. The winner advances to the state regional tournament, while the loser takes on Kamiak or Jackson in a winner-to-state regionals/loser-out contest on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Everett Community College.
Grizzlies coach Brian Hill said that his team prepared well for its district opener against the Timberwolves.
“It’s playoff time,” he said. “Anything can happen in the playoffs. My girls are excited for the challenge. They kind of came after them. They were ready go.”
Senior Kayla Watkins scored a game-high 19 points. Senior Samantha Fatkin added 13 points and senior Paisley Johnson had 11 points.
“Sammie does a great job of getting us into our offensive flow,” Hill said. “Sammie identifies and finds the open player. Kayla is a big target inside. She finds her quite frequently.”
Watkins, Fatkin and Johnson all have accepted Division I basketball scholarships.
Watkins was especially effective inside against Jackson’s smaller posts.
“She’s come a long way this year,” Hill said. “She works a lot harder in positioning. … We don’t rely on her solely, but she definitely gets going. She can create her own opportunities and get second chance rebounds.”
After playing Jackson even in the second and third quarters, Glacier Peak closed out strong in the fourth quarter with a 16-6 edge.
“I thought we had a great team effort,” Hill said. “I like the way we finished the game. In the middle of the game, our defense wasn’t as good as it could have been.”
The Grizzlies beat Lake Stevens twice during the regular season.
“This is the one that matters,” Hill said. “We can’t rely on what we’ve been doing the first two times.”