Vashon Topples #1 Ranked Cougars

Dec 16, 2012
by Ezra Lacina
This week the Pirates basketball team looked to turn this season around at home after dropping two strait league games. This would be no easy task against a powerful Cascade Christian team, who had been ranked number one in class 1A in the latest Tacoma News Tribune poll.

The first quarter was incredibly intense, the Pirates were playing tough defense with double coverage on Cascades 6’10” senior Shawn Spencer. On the other end of the court the Pirates offense was explosive scoring points quickly and often. Sophomore forward Jesse Norton scored 10 of his 22 points in the first quarter. As the buzzer sounded to signal the end of the first quarter the score read, Vashon 17, Cascade 10.

The second quarter was a little slower, but the Pirates maintained dominance throughout it not allowing Cascade to take the lead. Sophomore guard Ian Stewart was flying around stealing the ball, scoring and doing a great job running the point. Frustrations grew for the Cascade Cougars as they struggled to score against a solid Pirate defense. In the final seconds of the first half Norton hit a monster buzzer beater that gave the Pirates momentum going into halftime. With half of the game in the books the Pirates lead 30-19.

As play resumed the attitude of the Pirates just got more intense as they got closer to victory. The energy in the building was incredible, the Green Tide had come out in full strength cheering at a deafening level. There were several occasions when Principal Mrs. Hanson had to tell the student section to calm down. During the fourth quarter Cascade pulled closer, but every time the Cougars would get within ten points the Pirates would pull way again. With 17 seconds left in the game the crowd started singing the victory song and as the final buzzer rang the score was 57-44 Pirates win. Senior Ben Whitaker had a solid game scoring 13 points, Ian Stewart set a career high with 14 points. “We had two great days of practice that allowed us to be successful on Friday” said head coach Andy Sears. “Our guys pulled out a really scrappy win” said Sears. With this game in the books the Pirates have their first league victory and momentum going into next week.