Despite 10 days off for winter break and a practice today where the girls had to shoot hoops in the dark, Sammamish pushed through these obstacles to top Ingraham 55-45.
Sammamish’s facilities are under construction, and the power was turned off during practice, so Sammamish scrimmaged without lights.
“There was a little rust there tonight, being off the last two days” said Sammamish coach Mike Schick.
At the half, the teams were tied at 24, but Sammamish (5-3, 1-2) took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Rams 14-4.
Leading the offensive onslaught were Sammamish guard Aleyah Bennett and center Promise Taylor. Bennett and Taylor’s inside-outside game overwhelmed the Rams (4-5, 0-1), and Ingraham was unable to close the ten point gap in the fourth quarter.
Taylor led the team with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Bennett added 13 points, most of which came in the first half.
“We’re trying to figure that out, the inside-outside. These girls have played with some post, but [Taylor’s] a true post,” Schick said.
Sammamish’s defense was also able to hold back Ingraham’s outside game. Ingraham’s lead scorer, guard Makeylah Kirkwood, had 13 points, and was just five for 22 from the field.
Head over heels
An obvious factor in most hoops games, height gave Sammamish the advantage it needed.
At 6-foot-4, Taylor dominated against the Ingraham team, which is 5-foot-6 on average. Ingraham was without its tallest player, post Marcia Deuwarder, who has a knee injury, so 5-foot-7 forward Emma Krontz filled in.
“You can’t coach height, and [Krontz] hustled, she was intense, she tried to do her best. Unfortunately height makes a different,” said Ingraham coach Shelly Ellis.
In the second half, Ingraham doubled up on Taylor in the paint, but Sammamish spread the ball out to Bennett and guard Montana Hagstrom.
“Boxing out was a problem, because they kept taking out my legs, but [height] played a big role,” said Taylor.
Ingraham is back to conference play next week and takes on Ballard Wednesday. Sammamish will play Tyee Monday on the road.