Vashon Salvages Split

Jan 27, 2014
by Ezra Lacina (VHS Senior)
Last week started rough for the Vashon Pirates basketball team with heartbreaking loss to Cedar Park Christian, but the resilient Pirates bounced back blowing out Seattle Christian at home to finish the week.

On Tuesday, the Pirates traveled to Bothell to take the Cedar Park Christian Eagles. Both teams came into the game boasting 8-1 league records with Cedar Parks only loss given to them by Vashon.

The game did not start well for Vashon as Cedar Park jumped out to a nine nothing lead. The Pirates didn’t score till about half way through the first quarter when Senior Captain Owen Brenno finally got Vashon on the board. At the end of one The Pirates found themselves in a 13-4 hole.

Quarter number two started very much like the first, Vashon didn’t score till about half way through the period. The Pirates did pick it up in the last four minutes scoring 12 points, but at halftime Vashon was still down big, 25-16.

The first half of this game revealed a team with low intensity and low energy, and the result was spelled out on the scoreboard.

In the second half the Pirates were a completely different team. They came out firing on all cylinders. Brenno had a great third quarter, at one point earning three consecutive scores.

The Pirates kept chipping away until a Sam Yates layin gave them their first lead of the night. The fourth quarter was incredibly intense. Junior Ian Stewart was flying around the court making plays on offense and causing disruptions on defense.

This battle was going to come down to the wire. With 11 seconds left The Pirates found themselves up by four, but an Eagle guard quickly knocked down a 3 then a Pirate mistake on the inbound led to another quick score for The Eagles. With four seconds left Stewart got the ball driving up the court he threw up a last second chance for victory, but the shot bounced off the rim as the buzzer rang. The final score read Cedar Park 45, Vashon 44. Brenno had a great game leading the Pirates in scoring with 13 along with grabbing eight rebounds.

On Friday, the Pirates were back on their home floor taking on Seattle Christian. This game was a straight up blow out. The Pirates did not miss many shots and played tight defense.

Vashon got an early lead and did not relinquish it or even let Seattle Christian come close. Junior Jessie Norton came out to play in this game, knocking down threes, driving through defenders and hitting pull up jumpers. The ankle injury that had limited him against Cedar Park didn’t seem to be affecting him at all. Sophomore Sam Yates also was having a great all around game scoring consistently and getting crucial rebounds. When both Yates and Norton are on, there isn’t a team in the Nisqually League that can beat the Pirates.

There was some slight concern in the fourth quarter as The Pirates didn’t score till the last three minutes, but their lead was too great for Seattle Christian. As the final buzzer went off the score revealed another Pirate Victory, beating Seattle Christian 46-34. Norton led the Pirates in scoring with 16 followed closely by Yates with 14. Yates also had 13 rebounds giving him a double double.