Eastlake’s Lady Wolves girls basketball team claimed their first win of the season with a 64-39 victory against the Skyline Spartans Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The Lady Wolves were quickly forced to play defense as the Spartans’ Addison McGillis grabbed the tip-off for a game opening two-pointer for her team. With fast-paced full-court dashes from both teams defining the next few minutes, Lady Wolf Ava Schmidt sunk the first three-pointer of the night, directly following two free throws by teammate Natalia Sefair-Lopez, keeping the Lady Wolves on pace with the Spartans. While Eastlake dominated with their full-court defense, seamless ball handling, and three-point shooting on offense, Skyline quickly lost momentum falling sharply to end the quarter 23-4.
The Spartans appeared to regain confidence in the second quarter as they added to their side of the scoreboard. They scored their first three-pointer of the game, but not before Schmidt revved up the Lady Wolves with two consecutive two-pointers.
Drawing momentum from a short run, the Spartans seemed to exhaust the Lady Wolves defense… but not for long. Consistent play from Schmidt and Sefair-Lopez, backed up by buckets from teammates Krista Kostoff, Darcy McCoy, and Sofia Aluas, kept the Lady Wolves in the game for a half-time score of 38-20.
Despite the half-time break, the Spartans’ frustration seemed to mount as the Lady Wolves scored on consecutive buckets from Aluas. While the Lady Wolves racked up the points, the Spartans only bettered their score by four to end the third quarter 54-24.
The Lady Wolves opened the fourth quarter with accurate ball handling between Aluas, Kostoff, and point guard Kaylia Jackson that set McCoy up for a polished three-pointer. The Spartans, refusing to give up, came back fighting with several two-point buckets from Presley Crawley and aggressive offense from her teammates. But try as they might, the Spartans could not close the mounting schism between the two scores. The Lady Wolves’ team-oriented offense and smothering defense led them to a resounding 64-39 victory, marking head coach Sara Goldie’s notable 200th Eastlake career win and sparking an encouraging outlook for the season.
Eastlake’s next game will be away against Mount Si on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:15 p.m.
Skyline will face-off against Newport at home on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:15 p.m.