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By David Pan 

Archbishop Murphy bounces King’s | Girls basketball

 

Last updated 1/20/2017 at Noon



Archbishop Murphy made a little bit of history with its decisive 82-47 victory over King’s in a Cascade Conference girls basketball game Jan. 6 at King’s High School.

The win snapped the Knights’ 47-game league winning streak and was the first for any of the Wildcats players and coach Cassie Snyder,

“It’s a pretty big win for us,” said junior guard Olivia Riojas, who scored 15 points. “They’re a really good team. It just proves how much we’ve been working and how much our hard work has paid off.”

Snyder added that beating King’s was one of the team’s goals this season.

“King’s always has a great program,” she said. “We always know when we come here, no matter who (King’s coach Dan Taylor) has, he’s going to have them executing … It (win) means everything.”

Early on, the Knights stayed Archbishop Murphy, trading baskets in a first quarter that ended with a 17-16 lead for King’s.

The Wildcats (8-0 in the league, 11-3 overall) seized control of the contest in the second quarter, outscoring King’s 20-6 to take a 35-23 lead into halftime.

Archbishop Murphy continued to push the pace in the second half, taking a 55-30 lead into the final period.

“We love the pace. Our girls love to run,” Snyder said. “They actually did a good job in the first half of doing the same thing. They played kind of the same style in the first half. I think we were able to sustain it a lot longer than they were in the second half.”

Emily Rodabaugh scored 15 points and Julia Lucas added 12 points. Lexi Ducheane had 10 points.

Snyder saw better ball movement in the second half. The Wildcats outscored the Knights 20-7 in what the Archbishop Murphy coach said was the team’s best third quarter of the season.

“We moved the ball a lot more,” Snyder said. “We swung from side to side. We attacked the gap and found the open person really well. In the first half, we held on to the ball way too long. … We were just too stagnant in the first half.”

 

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