Grizzlies loses to Lewis & Clark | Girls basketball

Mar 02, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak's Alexyss Newman pulls up to attempt a shot during the 4A district playoffs.

Glacier Peak could never seem to find its offensive flow in its loser-out 4A state regional girls basketball playoff against Lewis and Clark.

The Grizzlies missed six layups in the first four minutes of play and struggled the rest of the way in a 55-36 loss to the Tigers Friday, Feb. 23, at West Valley High School in Spokane.

The six missed layups seemed to cause Glacier Peak to play tighter, coach Brian Hill said.

“It kind of threw us off,” he said. “The defense was good. … We had a hard time getting a flow and momentum.”

Lewis and Clark extended a 3-point first quarter lead – 9-6 – to 16 points in the second quarter before Glacier Peak rallied to go into halftime trailing 24-16.

“We settled down. We cut the deficit at halftime to eight,” Hill said. “We were OK.”

The Grizzlies, however, came out flat again in the third quarter and were outscored 18-11.

“It just got worse,” Hill said. “We ended up shooting 17 percent (from the field). That’s the worst of the season. We had good shots. It wasn’t like we had bad opportunities.”

Junior Alexyss Newman scored a team-high 13 points and senior Abbie Juozapaitis finished with 10 points.

Glacier Peak (16-8) earned its trip to the state regional tournament with a 75-38 victory over Mariner in a winner-to-state regionals/loser-out game Saturday, Feb. 17, at Everett Community College.

Newman scored 16 points, senior Makayla Guerra finished with 13 points and Juozapaitis had 11 points.

The Grizzlies graduate three players – Juozapaitis, Guerra and Nicole Jensen – and will have the rest of the roster back. None of this year’s players entered the postseason with much playoff experience.

“Every big game was a new experience,” Hill said. “As the stakes got higher it was a new challenge and another new experience.”

Hill is optimistic about the future.

“We’re bringing a bunch of kids back,” he said. “We have a bunch of kids who didn’t get a lot of opportunities. They’ll have more of an opportunity next year. They’ve already proven themselves to be good players.”

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