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Shorthanded Lake Stevens girls can’t keep up with Eastlake in regionals

By Jayda Evans , 02/25/18, 2:15PM PST

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Eastlake Defeats Lake Stevens in Regionals

Lake Stevens’ biggest talent sat on the bench in partial uniform.

Without Kylee Griffen, the WesCo 4A MVP, the seventh-seeded Vikings had little chance against No. 2 seed Eastlake in a Class 4A girls basketball state regional game Saturday. The Wolves won 65-49 at Bellevue College.

 

Eastlake (22-2) earned a bye to open the state tournament on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome. Lake Stevens (19-4) will play a loser-out game against No. 10 seed Kentlake at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

“I hope she’s somewhat playable,” said Lake Stevens coach Randy Edens of Griffen, who sprained her ankle in practice on Tuesday. She is averaging 21.5 points and 10 rebounds per game.

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“She has a high level of pain tolerance but can’t get herself moving around,” Edens said. “But we really fought well.”

Vikings sophomore point guard Raigan Reed twice tried to use her three-point shot to create momentum. And twice Eastlake took offense and went on a run to further bury the Vikings.

Reed’s first attempt was a three-pointer to close an early deficit to 26-22 with 4:21 left in the second quarter. The Wolves responded with an 8-0 run to close the half.

Later, Reed’s three-pointer and a three-point play by teammate Melania Galleani shaved the deficit to single digits (43-35) with 1:55 left in the third quarter.

But Eastlake forced Lake Stevens into a shot-clock violation and senior point guard Gina Marxen used back-to-back three-point plays to help close the quarter up 51-35.

The Vikings didn’t challenge again in the game. Reed led her team with 17 points, while junior Mae Bryant (20 points) and Marxen (15) led Eastlake.