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Shelton girls suffer senior night defeat Lady Highclimbers win physical battle, lose to Lincoln By EMILY HANSON em ily@masoncounty.com The Shelton girls' basket- ball team received high praise after its senior night game last week. "One of the best compli- ments a coach could have about his team is that (the op- ponents' coach) wishes their team could play as physical as us," head coach Aaron Leth said. "Lincoln's coach asked me after the game to have a copy of game film so he could review it with his team and show them how they lost the physical battle on the floor." Despite Shelton losing 52- 31 Feb. 5 in the Mini Dome, Lincoln's head coach told Leth he had not seen a team play with more heart than the Lady Highclimbers put forth. The game was an emotional one for the team, particularly the seniors, because it was the final home game of the season. "It being senior night, I had so much fire in me to win and prove we're good enough," se- nior Cheyenne Overlin said. "I think we out-hustled them and put more heart in. They thought they'd destroy us and they didn't." Shelton struggled to gen- erate offense in the first half and went into halftime down 42-12. Leth said the Lady High- climbers' goal was to hold down Lincoln's leading scorer, sophomore Tamia Braggs. "Our focus was to keep their big post off of the boards and out of the paint," Leth said about Braggs, who is 6-foot-1. "Although she was able to get some easy rebounds, we made her night pretty tough. She is the leading scorer in the (3A Narrows League) right now and you have to contain and hold down on her at all times." Overlin praised junior var- sity swing player sophomore Kaitlyn Allen for her perfor- mance at post. "(Kaitlyn) handled Lincoln's post better than any of the se- niors," Overlin said. Leth agreed, adding that Allen stepped up to the coach- es' challenge of holding Braggs down. Leth said the Feb. 3 game was an improvement on Shel- ton's first meeting with Lin- coln, a 67-14 loss Jan. 10 in Tacoma. "The girls played a good game during the final home game of the year," Leth said. "We set out to improve from the last time we played them. A month ago, we played Lin- coln at their house and were beat up pretty bad." Senior Taylor Stroud led the Lady Highclimbers with eight points, while senior Jor- dan Leach put up seven. Senior Alyssa York netted six points and Overlin added four. Senior Kassy Slone and ju- nior Jessica Johnson contrib- uted three points each. The loss came two days after Shelton played its best game of the season, losing 49- 47 at Capital. "I was really proud of how we just wouldn't give up and a played a great game," Leth said. Shelton led the first quar- ter, outscoring Capital 12-10 and then fell behind to go into halftime down 26-23. Capital pulled further ahead with a 13-8 third quar- ter. "Capital took advantage of a couple of slipups we had on the defensive end in the third quarter, jumping up on us by 10," Leth said. "We talked be- tween the third and fourth quarters about being patient on offense and making them come out to guard us." Shelton picked its game up in the fourth to score 14 points. With 51 seconds left in the game, Shelton trailed by eight and had two remaining time- outs. "Lincoln had the ball and we were able to get a steal in the posts," Leth said. "Chey- enne took it the length of the court and was contested at the rim." Johnson picked up the re- bound and finished the play to bring Shelton within six points with 34 seconds to go. "They played great defense and forced a bad shot," Leth Journal photos by Emily Hanson ABOVE: Shelton sophomore Aurora Gouley guards Lincoln senior Kayla McLean on Feb. 5 during the Lady Highclimbers' senior night home game in the Mini Dome. RIGHT: Shelton senior Cheyenne Overlin attempts to stop a layup by Lincoln sophomore Tamia Braggs. said. "They took their time on the offensive end and with 10 seconds left, Johnson hit a huge 3-pointer to put us with- in three points." After a Lincoln shooter missed her first free throw on a 1-and-l, York grabbed the rebound and the Shelton girls pushed the ball up the floor. Shelton missed tying the game with less than 1 second remaining. Capital sent Stroud to the line, where she made 1-of-2. "With 0.3 seconds to go, she missed on purpose to give her team a chance to get a tip-in and go to overtime," Leth said. "Cheyenne secured the re- bound, but we just ran out of time." The Lady Highclimbers (3- 15 as of Feb. 5) played their final game last night at Wil- son. Prep Roundup Senior swimmer earns wild card entry to districts Dalton Green, a senior on the Shel- ton boys' swim team, earned a wild card entry to the 3A West Central Dis- trict III Championship last week. At the Coaches' Challenge meet Friday at Foss, Green swam the 200- yard individual medley with a per- sonal best time of 2 minutes, 30.14 seconds, fast enough to earn the wild card entry. Green also dropped more than three seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke, earning a personal best at 1:18.17. "More than half of our swimmers came out with personal records," co- head coach Chad Youngquist said. The meet was'a last-chance meet for swimmers to qualify for districts or the 3A WIAA State Champion- ship. Sophomore Jason Apple also earned a personal best in the breaststroke with a time of 1:18.77. Youngquist said sophomore Levi Vance's 50-yard freestyle time was a huge drop. He swam the event in 25.09 seconds. "He might've earned a spot on the 200-yard relay with that time," Youngquist added. Senior Luke Fiedler dropped one full second in the 100-yard freestyle to 1:00.58. Finally, senior Scan Kealy earned a district-qualifying time in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:04.87. He is not swim- ming the event at districts, Youngquist said. The district championship is at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow and 5 p.m. Saturday at Hazen High School in Renton. SHS boys' basketball drops 2 to league teams The Shelton boys' basketball team struggled against two 3A Narrows League opponents last week. On Feb. 5, Lincoln defeated the Highclimbers 70-30 in Tacoma. "They just beat us shooting, rebound- ing and won the turnover battle in the first half," head coach Del Sandberg said. The highlight of the game was win- ning the third quarter, he added. Shel- ton outscored Lincoln 13-7 in the third. Junior Tyler Speaks led the High- climbers with eight points. The Highclimbers then lost their se- nior night game 79-48 against Foss on Friday at home. "Foss is very athletic and quick and we couldn't match them," Sandberg said. "They won the battle of the boards and after the first quarter, they started to hit their shots." Seniors Andrew Quantz and Colby Fuller led the Highclimbers with eight points each. Knight Owls fall to Lake Quinault The Mary M. Knight boys' basket- ball team couldn't keep up with Lake Quinault on Friday night. Lake Quinault defeated the Knight Owls 44-34 in Lake Quinault. Paul Werly led the Knight Owls with 12 points. Three boys -- Austin Thompson, Austin Renecker and Adam Pais -- scored six points each. James Anderson contributed five points. Compiled by reporter Emily Hanson Mason County Journal- Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - Page 8-5