Juanita girls blaze past Mercer Island | Girls prep basketball

Fulfilling Juanita head coach Sam Lee’s season long wish last Friday night, his girls team beat Mercer Island 76-61.

Earlier in the year, Lee had said he hoped to beat the Islanders this season, after many close games with the KingCo opponent. The goal came true in the Islanders’ home gym as Bre Carter and Mikayla Jones contributed 41 points to the team’s win.

Juanita kept the Mercer Island offense from getting hot early in the game with strong defensive, coupled by seemingly unstoppable offensive plays on the opposite end. The Rebels held a 37-29 lead going into the half.

After the break, Mercer Island tried to surge from behind, but Juanita consistently held the lead by a 10 point average. The lead remained throughout the fourth quarter to give the Rebels the win.

Carter put up 21 points for the Rebels, while her teammate Mikayla Jones had 20 points, but Mercer Island’s Kris Brackmann had the game high of 25 points. Jae Shin had 19 for the Islanders, while Christina Williamson had eight overall.

Mercer Island is 3-3 in league play and 7-6 overall. Juanita is 6-0 in the league.

Mercer Island will host Lake Washington on Wednesday evening, with a 7:30 p.m. start time, and travels to face Mount Si this Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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