Mount Si hangs on to beat Mercer Island in season opener
December 5, 2011
By Dan Catchpole
Mount Si’s girls basketball team showed composure and tenacity in their nail-biter win on Dec. 2 at home against Mercer Island High School.
The Wildcats came out strong in their opening game of regular season play, establishing a 20-12 lead in the first quarter.
Mount Si’s shots were on point, the team showed great ball control and it dominated rebounding.
The Wildcats took a 27-20 lead into halftime.
Mercer Island showed renewed vigor in the third period. The Islanders put on a full press, which broke Mount Si’s stride.
As the last seconds slipped away in the third period, Mount Si’s Ally Pusich hit a 3-point shot from the corner to keep the Wildcats lead at 36-31 going into the game’s final 8 minutes.
The Islanders continued chipping away at the lead, and Mount Si (1-0 league, 1-0 overall) continued to come up with clutch shots and stiff defense to keep Mercer Island at bay for as long as possible.
With 40 seconds left in the game, Mercer Island’s Savanna Reid hit a 3-point shot to tie the game, 45-45.
But the Wildcats kept their poise, and hit two free throws when the Islanders sent them to the line.
Tough defense and a block from Mount Si’s Alex Welsh sealed the game for the Wildcats at 47-45.
What won the game for Mount Si?
“Towards the end, it was our composure,” point guard Katy Lindor said. The junior led her team with 12 points and six assists.
Forward Molly Sellers, a 5-foot, 10-inch junior, had 10 points and six assists.
“They really dug their heels in,” coach Megan Botulinski said. “They have a die-hard attitude.”
Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or firstname.lastname@example.org.