Arlington withstands comeback, beats Long Trail

ARLINGTON — Similar to the first matchup between Arlington and Long Trail — a game Arlington won by 34 — the Eagles took a big lead on Wednesday night against the Mountain Lions.

But this time, Long Trail fought back, cutting the deficit early in the fourth quarter to single digits.

However, the Eagles kept Long Trail at bay in a 48-35 win at the Eagles' Nest.

"We were trying to work on some things and being up [16] at half, we had the opportunity to do it," said Arlington coach Larry Andrews. "We got a little lackadaisical out there, we're trying to figure out what we can and can't do with the new things."

Jamie Keel scored 12 points to lead the Eagles, who had nine players get into the scoresheet. Senior Courteney McGowan was the star for the Mountain Lions, racking up 24 of her team's 35 points.

"She's quite an offensive player. She really comes to work every day," said Long Trail coach Zach Thompson. "She has the ability to stretch the floor and shoot from the outside, get into the paint, drive to the basket. She's a phenomenal player and she ignites the offense, which was clicking tonight."

Long Trail opened the game with the first basket, but the rest of the first quarter was all Arlington as they took a 10-2 lead after the first eight minute. Things failed to improve in the second quarter for the Lions as they trailed 23-7 at the break.

But in the third, Long Trail came alive, outscoring Arlington 16-7 to cut the lead to 30-23 after three quarters.

"Our defense tonight, this was not one of our best efforts," Andrews said. "I think some might have thought it would be easy because [we] beat them before, but I thought Long Trail played really well tonight, so compliment to them. They have two eighth-graders, and they hit some baskets. They never gave up."

Thompson said he was pleased to see the fight in his team being down at halftime.

"We've had games where we've laid down, so I'm trying to preach to them to stay with it, keep their heads up," Thompson said.

In the fourth, the fatigue caught up with the Mountain Lions, starting with only six fresh bodies, Mikaela Martiros fouled out in the beginning of the final frame, leaving Long Trail with only five players.

Xandria Hoyt made her return for Arlington after an absence, scoring all eight of her points in the second half. Riley Lane added six and 5 other players all chipped in with four.

"It was probably one of our best games in the mid-range," Andrews said. "We've been practicing that a lot, instead of trying to jam the ball inside or shoot 25-footers, we've been working on that. Erin, Katie and Jamie all had a couple, and even if they didn't go down, they are shooting. That was a positive today, for sure."

Arlington improves to 10-6 with the victory, while Long Trail drops to 1-13


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