Wildcat girls hoopsters grab another win, in advance of huge game, 1-28-12

Mount Si’s girls basketball team got off to a strong start, then overcame a little adversity, and a tough Interlake Saints squad, to beat the visitors 54-40 in a game Saturday night at Mount Si High School. The win was the second in a row for Mount Si after three straight losses.

“I’m really proud that the girls were able to come together, be intense, focus on what I was saying, what coach (Ryan) Hill and coach (Larry) White were saying through those intense times,” said Mount Si coach Megan Botulinski. “Our girls were able to remain focused and come together and tune a lot of that stuff out.”

Molly Sellers and Elizabeth Prewitt each led the Wildcats with 11 points, while Cate Mueller led all scorers for Interlake in the loss with 15 points.

Mount Si opened on a 7-0 run and took a 13-4 lead after one period of play, only to see the Saints mount a minor comeback in the second quarter to make it close at halftime, 24-19. A three-pointer from Hannah Pratt, her only points of the game, made things interesting just before the halftime buzzer sounded.

With a couple of key post players in foul trouble, Prewitt came off the bench in the second half and went to work, and her efforts proved to be key to help the Wildcats maintain their momentum. “I guess I knew that my team was in foul trouble, so I just wanted to come out and (play),” Prewitt said.

The Saints continued to mount small challenges to the Mount Si lead, but the Wildcats, through clutch baskets and especially free throws, from players such as Alex Welsh and Shelby Peerboom, were able to maintain control and close things out. The win kept the Wildcats and Bellevue tied for fourth in the league, as the Wolverines upset Liberty on Saturday, so Mount Si and Bellevue go into tonight’s game looking to break that tie, which for the winner of that fourth place spot carries a first-round home Kingco playoff game.

Tonight’s game is at 6:15 p.m. at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, and it is also Senior Night, where Welsh, Peerboom and Jordan Riley are set to be recognized for their four years in the Mount Si program. Win or lose, the relationships Botulinski has developed with her players will remain strong. “I’m so blessed to be with these girls and these seniors are so wonderful. They’re just a great group of kids,” the coach said.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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