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Mercer Island sixth-grade girls win MLK tournament | Sports brief
The Mercer Island sixth-grade girls select basketball team won the Snohomish Martin Luther King tournament held during the holiday weekend.
The team, coached by James “LJ” Johnson, made it to the title game after beating Sparks, Glacier Peak and Stanwood.
The title game was a rematch with Stanwood, a team that had earned the spot after battling back from the consolation bracket.
The Islanders had an early 13-point lead, but Stanwood rallied to close the gap to one point going into halftime. After the half, the Islanders managed to pull away in the tight game to earn the 45-38 win.
Aolani Calderon led the team with 20 points and 17 rebounds during the title game. It was also the second straight year that the team won the tournament in their grade division.
The team includes: Maeve Akins, Rachel Silke, Kelly Behrbaum, Macy Mounger, Annie Medlock, Aolani Calderon, coach LJ Claire Mansfield, Katie Brodsky, Ali Kimball, Tessa Guerra and Jessie Stenberg.