Pirates Check King’s to Move On to State

Feb 26, 2010
by Jay Williamson
Quinn Holert powers to the basket for 2 of his season-high 20 points.
It is said that basketball is a team sport, and the Vashon Pirates demonstrated that maxim Friday afternoon at Mountlake Terrace High School in the Tri-District Tournament. On a day when its two stars were limited by foul trouble, the rest of the team stepped up and delivered a thrilling 54 to 46 victory over the King’s Knights. Leading that effort was Quinn Holert, who not only scored a team-high 20 points, but keyed a strong defensive effort by the entire team.

Matt Kerns started things off with a three-point shot, but King’s stayed close. John Gage picked up his second foul halfway in and had to go to the bench. Corey Williamson came off the bench and filled in admirably. Despite a Holert steal and a basket off of an offensive rebound by Alex Wegner, King’s held a 13-7 lead at the end of the quarter. Coach Sears elected to sit Gage half of the second quarter, which he could do with Hamzah Griffin playing well in his stead. If King’s thought they had the edge with Gage sitting, Holert showed them they had another thing coming. After a nice assist to Matt Kerns, he drove and shot the Pirates to the lead scoring 8 points in the quarter. Kerns hit another three-pointer, Matt Amick scored four points, Tyler Stoffer came in off the bench playing well and Elias Weston keyed the defense with several steals. At halftime, a stunned Knights team saw Vashon leading 28-21 despite only two points from Gage and four points from Wegner.

Scoring slowed in the third quarter, with fouls hampering both teams. Wegner picked up his fourth foul, but several King’s players were also in foul trouble. A steal by Vashon led to another Holert basket, and Weston scored a bucket after gathering an offensive rebound. The fourth quarter started with Vashon holding onto a 36-30 lead. Both teams played spirited ball knowing that a trip to Yakima was on the line. Holert continued to carry the team offensively and Wegner added four points before fouling out. Gage contributed throughout by gathering 11 rebounds for the game and hitting 9 of 10 free throws, many of which were late in the game to hold off a Knights rally. As a team, Vashon hit 20 of 28 free throws, and in the end, the Pirates celebrated the victory with the Pirate faithful chanting “On to State!”

Pirate points vs. King’s:
Holert 20, Gage 11, Wegner 8, Kerns 6, Amick 5, Weston 4, Griffin, Lofland, Stoffer, Williamson