Impressive Okanogan Outlasts Pirates; Season Ends

Mar 3, 2014
by Ezra Lacina
The Pirates season came to an end this past Saturday with a 60-70 loss to Okanogan High School. Okanogan came into the game boasting a 23-0 record while Vashon came in with an impressive 20-4 record.

Okanogan came out fired up and strong to start the game. Their interior zone defense seemed impenetrable and they did not let passes go threw the inside. Junior Jessie Norton scored the first eight points for Vashon, beginning one of the best personal performances in school history. Late in the first sophomore Noah Chee hit a three to bring The Pirates within one, but Okanogan got two quick scores ending the first quarter up 18-13.

The woes continued for Vashon into the second quarter. The Bulldogs scored quickly and efficiently with quick slashing drives and fast breaks. At the same time they were not allowing any Pirates to score in the paint, but the long range shooting of Norton kept Vashon within 11. At the half Vashon was still down 26-37. Norton had an impressive 17 points in the first half.
For years Vashon has been famous for its high pass offense. One big problem in this game was that Okanogan defended the pass incredibly well, often picking off passes and taking i the other way for a fast break.

With time winding down it was apparent that Vashon was not going to win this game. The Pirates fought hard, but in the end the better team won. Vashon fell 60-70. Norton had an incredible personal performance hitting 11 three’s and scoring a career high 43 points breaking the school scoring record he had set earlier in the season.
The loss marks the end of two careers, seniors Owen Brenno and Thomas Douglas. Both these young men showed incredible work ethic and heart throughout their basketball careers. Now it is time for the next chapter in their lives where we all wish both of them great success.