Pirates Advance To Regionals; Face #1 Okanogan

Feb 24, 2014
by Ezra Lacina
This past week was another busy one for the Pirates as they marched deeper into the playoffs. The Pirates went 2-1 last week beating Northwest School and Seattle Christian, but losing to Cascade Christian. The Pirates advance to Regionals to face #1 ranked Okanogan next Saturday at Wenatchee High School.

The first game of the week was a home game vs. Northwest. These two teams met earlier in the year where Vashon came out on top by a score of 66-33. The game started well for Vashon as they jumped out to a huge lead early going up 12-2 halfway through the first quarter. Northwest won the last four minutes pulling to within six, ending the first quarter with Vashon up 16-10.

The Pirates overall play improved in the second quarter. Junior Jessie Norton played great both rebounding and scoring, giving The Pirates momentum as they pulled away from Northwest. In the final seconds sophomore Noah Chee drained a three to cap off a great half of Pirate Basketball. Heading into the locker room the Pirates were up 34-17. Norton had a double double in the first half with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Norton started the second half right where he left off, knocking down a three for Vashons first points. In the second half The Pirate defence let up a bit, but the offense just kept getting better. Sophomore Sean Delargie made a nice play with a ball fake put back shot. Junior Ian Stewart wasn’t able to continue in the second half giving Delargie more minutes than he is used to running the point, and he played very well with the extended minutes.

Vashon finished the game strong on offense winning 76-57. Norton had a great game scoring 24 and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Friday night,  the Pirates took on league rival Cascade Christian at Mountlake Terrace high school. Things started off pretty bad for The Pirates with Cascade scoring first and getting the momentum early. Vashon lost four turnovers in the first four minutes all leading to Cougar scores.

Junior Steen Jennings got Vashon on the board with an early three, but Cascade still had the momentum. After one Vashon kept it close down 9-11. The second quarter was more of the same, Norton had an impressive quarter, but as a team The Pirates didn’t play Vashon basketball. At the half Cascade was in the lead 25-19.

The Pirate defense picked it up in the third quarter holding Cascade to nine in the quarter, but the offense couldn’t get going only scoring seven. The Cougars simply seemed to want it more than The Pirates.

In the fourth Vashon started a comeback with a bombardment of three’s by Chee, Stewart, Yates and Norton bringing Vashon within two. With seven seconds left Vashon was down by two with an inbound under the basket, but a last second three attempt didn’t fall and Vashon was defeated 43-45. Norton again led Vashon in scoring with 19.

Because of the loss, the Pirates had to face Seattle Christian the next day at Mountlake Terrace. It was another rough start for the Pirates as they found themselves down early. Sophomore Sam Schoenberg knocked down a corner three to bring the Pirates within two late in the first. The quarter ended with Vashon down 10-15. The Pirates picked it up in the second quarter starting off with a Chee three followed by another three by Schoenberg that tied it up. In the second half of the quarter Norton took over with several scores. At the half Vashon was up 28-24.

Chee went off in the third quarter knocking down three after three. Chee’s performance plus Norton’s aggressive drives gave the Pirates a huge lead with 1:20 left in the third 47-29.

In the fourth Seattle made it close for a bit, but the Pirates never gave up the lead. Vashon won 67-57, ending Seattle Christians season and continuing their own to regionals.