Mount Si girls suffer big loss to Bellevue on Senior Night, 1-30-12

Mount Si’s girls basketball team prior to last night’s game celebrated the accomplishments of three seniors. Alex Welsh, Jordan Riley and Shelby Peerboom, all of whom have been key contributors to Mount Si the past couple of seasons, were given flowers and had their pictures taken with their families on the court. Bellevue’s seniors were also honored as well. After all the pomp of the pregame festivities, it was down to business and for both of these teams, a likely home-court advantage in the first round of the Kingco playoffs was at stake. And for the Wolverines, their strong play as of late continued, and helped them hand the Wildcats a critical loss.

Junior Victoria Anderson exploded in the fourth quarter, scoring eight of her game-high 11 points, helping Bellevue take control of fourth place in the Kingco by defeating Mount Si 57-39 last night at Mount Si High School. Katy Lindor and Shelby Peerboom each scored eight points apiece to lead the Wildcats, with Lindor’s coming all in the final frame. It, unfortunately, came too late for Mount Si, which struggled with turnovers and rebounding all game, and that proved to be key.

“We didn’t have a very fundamentally sound game tonight,” said a disappointed Wildcat coach Megan Botulinski. “We have two days to kind of clean up some of our fundamentals and be ready to go.”

It was a streaky start to the game, with Bellevue opening up on an 11-0 run, only to see Mount Si tie it with an 11-0 run of their own. Early in the second quarter, after Peerboom tied the game at 11-11 with a basket, Bellevue called timeout, then came out of that by going on a second 11-0 run. Things then settled down, but the Wolverines took a 28-20 lead into halftime.

The Wolverines built their lead in the third quarter, with a 7-2 run to close the frame that pretty much sealed the contest. Mount Si tried to fight back, but by then the deficit was too large and Bellevue built some more cushion as the final frame rolled along, with the Wildcat turnovers and offensive rebounds by the Wolverines continuing to aid their efforts.

Mount Si now heads out on a two game road swing through some very difficult territory if they want a favorable seeding going into the postseason. The Wildcats will meet Liberty and Lake Washington, two teams battling for the Kingco title. The game at Liberty is Thursday, while the LW game, at Lake Washington, is Friday.

But before they head out, the team’s three seniors got to enjoy one last moment on their home court. Riley summed it up this way. “It’s just been a fun ride and I’m going to miss every minute of it,” she said. Peerboom added the relationships she has developed on the team will be long-lasting. “I’ve made some of my closest friends in the program and they’re friends that I’ll have for a long time,” she said.

Botulinski noted that not only will the team be losing three valuable players, the entire school will be losing three valuable students. “You have three seniors that are not only involved in basketball, but Alex is vice president of our ASB (student government), Jordan is heavily involved in ASB and Shelby is very much involved with school activities too, and so you have some very well rounded, really good kids,” the coach said.

Welsh had this message for future Wildcats. “Enjoy every minute that you have because it goes by so fast,” she said.

The games Thursday and Friday both begin at 7:30 p.m.

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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