Wildcats continue to cruise past rivals | Girls basketball

Archbishop Murphy improves to 8-0 in the Cascade Conference and 15-0 for the year
By David Pan | Jan 19, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Archbishop Murphy’s Maddie Hill brings the ball up the court against King’s during a Cascade Conference game Friday, Jan. 5.

Even though the Archbishop Murphy is dominating the competition, the Wildcats are still refining their game.

The Wildcats improved to 8-0 in the league and 15-0 overall after a 61-38 victory over Cedar Park Christian – Bothell in a Cascade Conference girls basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Archbishop Murphy High School.

“We’re continuing to get better and starting to flow a little bit more,” Wildcats coach Cassie Snyder said. “We’re sharing the ball, making great passes and just starting to get more on the same page.”

Archbishop Murphy’s Cascade Conference rivals have struggled against the Wildcats, some more than others.

So far this month Cedarcrest (6-2, 12-4) played Archbishop Murphy the toughest, losing 59-41, while King’s (6-2, 9-6) fell 51-24. Sultan (0-8, 0-14) wasn’t able to crack double digits in a 70-6 rout and Granite Falls (2-5, 3-12) lost 85-15.

The non-league match-ups have yielded similar results with the most recent a 76-25 Archbishop Murphy victory over Bonney Lake on Monday, Jan. 12.

While junior Emily Rodabaugh, the reigning league MVP, often has led the Wildcats in scoring, other players also are making their presence known on the offensive end.

Olivia Riojas scored 19 points and Rodabaugh finished with 15 against Bonney Lake. Maddie Hill added 13 points and Natalie Hayward had 11 points.

“It’s really telling that they are enjoying their time playing together,” Snyder said. “They are making the extra pass to get a great shot instead of just a good shot.”

The Wildcats continue to work on their half-court game in preparation for the postseason. Archbishop Murphy faces a lot of zone defense, so ball movement is important.

“Getting it inside out is always key for us,” Snyder said. “Our high-low game has been pretty good. We’re just getting really good looks.”

Archbishop Murphy has limited 13 of its 15 opponents to 41 or fewer points this season.

“We definitely have room for growth,” Snyder said. “We have been mixing it up with different defenses. I think that’s part of the reason for the success. There’s always room for growth. We can do a better job of boxing out, better weak-side help and rotation. We’re still pretty good. But we can always get better.”

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