Thrilling Week Of Basketball Moves Pirates Into 1st Place Tie

Feb 3, 2014
by Ezra Lacina (VHS Senior)
The final week of January featured two thrilling games for the Pirates hoop squad. Game number one was a nail biter between our Pirates and surprising Cascade Christian team with Vashon winning 45-43. Game number two was even more intense with another narrow Pirate victory 59-57.

Thursday night a confident Vashon team entered the gym ready to battle an old rival in Cascade Christian. The first quarter did not go as expected, both teams were neck and neck with Cascade playing above their ability. Junior Jessie Norton played great defense blocking two shots and causing disruptions all over the court. At the end of one Cascade had a close lead up 14-12.

The second quarter was much like the first with neither team able to pull away with a lead. Junior Ian Stewart gave The Pirates momentum with a great play blocking a shot from behind. At the half Vashon had tied it up at 23.

Sophomore Sam Yates made a beautiful spin move layup to get things started setting the crowd into a frenzy. Late in the third Yates hit a corner three to take the lead for the Pirates. Vashon ended the third with the lead 36-32

This was looking to be another low scoring game for Vashon, and another nail biter. Everything was tied up at 43 with 45 seconds left and Vashon with the ball. With time ticking down Cascade was forced to foul bringing Norton to the line. Norton hit both free throws putting the nail in Cascades coffin and sealing victory.

Norton led the Pirates scoring with 17 along with grabbing 8 rebounds. Yates had his second consecutive double double scoring 10 and grabbing 12 boards.

On Saturday night, the Pirates traveled to close by Life Christian Academy to wrap up this week in basketball. The first quarter again didn’t go as planned for Vashon allowing LCA to jump out to a huge lead. After one Vashon was down 24-9, with all Vashon points belonging to Yates.

Vashon played much better in the second quarter scoring 18, but LCA retained the double digit lead. With the last seconds ticking away Yates drained a deep buzzer beater with two LCA players draped all over him. With the first half in the books LCA had the lead 41-27.

The second half started with an all out assault from beyond the arc by Yates, Norton and sophomore Noah Chee. The Pirates were coming back. A Chee three gave Vashon their first lead of the night. At the end of three Vashon was up 51-50.

In the fourth, LCA took the lead then Norton tied it up at 54 with a three. The score stayed that way for most of the quarter with both teams playing shut down defense. with 13 seconds left Vashon had the two point lead, but LCA had the ball with less than ten seconds left the Pirates stole the ball back and held on for victory defeating The Eagles 59-57. Yates had another impressive game dropping 21 points.

With January coming to a close The Pirates are 14-2 and tied with Cedar Park for the top the Nisqually League.