Interlake uses the “three” to hand Wildcat girls’ hoops another loss

Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball team closed out their home schedule for the regular season last night giving it everything they had, but the Interlake Saints had something on their side: strong outside shooting. And it was that which proved to be the difference, as Interlake took care of business.

The Saints hit nine three-pointers as a team as they handed the Wildcats a 67-51 defeat. Interlake coach Scott Marcum was pleased with his team’s effort. “We shot the ball as well tonight as we have all season and it was nice to have the seniors really step up and they came really ready to play,” Marcum said. “We had a great week of practice and they really executed well.”

Another key for the Saints was balance, as all except one player scored points in the contest, led by three players in double figures. Senior Cate Mueller finished with a game-high 23 points for Interlake, and Marcum is thrilled to have her on the team this season. “She’s just been an incredible leader the entire year and she’s been the heart and soul of our program for four years and we obviously really missed her last year,” Marcum said. Mueller did not play for the team last season after being a star player in her freshman and sophomore seasons for Interlake.

Mount Si was not able to copy Interlake’s efforts from outside – they only were able to muster one three-pointer of their own, and that came from Camryn Buck in the fourth quarter. “That’s been one of our problems,” said Mount Si coach Megan Botulinski. “We need to get more people shooting and more people making and that’s been kind of a struggle.”

The game was a back-and-forth affair to start, but the Saints took control midway through the first quarter, thanks to one of those aforementioned threes, this by freshman Maddie Chandler, who finished with six points. Interlake pulled out to a 19-12 lead after one, and maintained that lead into halftime. The Saints went into the break up 32-21, and were able to stay in front the rest of the way, sealing it down the stretch at the free throw line, where Mueller went 6-6 from the stripe to finish things out.

Rachel Brous hit four of the Interlake threes and finished with 16 to pace the Saints, while Camille Sullivan recorded three of her own and ended up with 14 to aid the Interlake efforts. The loss pretty much seals Mount Si’s postseason fate; they will be the sixth seed into the Kingco Tournament and will face a daunting challenge if they want to make it far this postseason.

Wildcat senior Kyle McLaughlin acknowledged the Saints’ shooting efforts were not unexpected. “Both games we’ve played against them, they’ve had really good shooting percentage and yeah, it’s hard to defend,” she said. McLaughlin finished with four points, while teammate Elizabeth Prewitt led the way, scoring 19. Sally Nelson added a dozen points to pace Mount Si.

The Wildcats are at Sammamish tomorrow, and one thing that Botulinski will be looking for from her team is more consistent intensity. She is hoping the players will deliver. “It really comes down to fire,” Botulinski said. “The girls tend to turn it on and then turn it off and it’s something inside of you and as an athlete, you have to have that fire inside of you,” she said.

Tip time for tomorrow’s game is 6:30 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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