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Mercer Island girls shine in PSTL playoffs | Sports brief
The Mercer Island girls select basketball teams found success during the first weekend in March during the Puget Sound Travel League playoffs.
All four girls teams qualified for the PSTL Gold Dvision playoffs after earning spots with their records from the regular season.
The eighth grade team started the playoffs as the No. 9 seed, and beat Bothell in overtime during the first game. In the second game, against a tough Skyline team, the Islanders lost 42-39.
The seventh grade team earned the No. 5 seed, and faced a top notch Eastlake team in the first round. The Islanders lost, but finished the season with a 25-11 record.
The sixth grade team started the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, facing No. 8 Newport in the first round. The team beat Newport, to take on Skyline in the second round. The game went into overtime, where the Mercer Island girls pulled out a 21-27 win.
In the championship game against No. 2 Glacier Peak, the Grizzlies controlled the first half, but Mercer Island pulled away in the second half to earn the 33-28 victory. The team had a 31-3 record this season.
The fifth grade team started as the No. 7 seed. Their first opponent was No. 2 Monroe, but the Islanders squeezed past, winning 39-38 to advance. In the second game the team faced Interlake, surging in the second half to win 49-41. In the title game, against Jackson, the Islanders were also behind early on, but closed the gap to four points, but it was a close as they got. The final score was 38-34.
The Mercer Island sixth grade select PSTL team includes: Ali Kimball, Claire Mansfield, Jessie Stenberg, Tessa Guerra and Katie Brodsky, Maeve Akins, Macy Mounger, Annie Medlock, Aolani Calderon and Rachel Silke. The team is coached by LJ Johnson.
The Mercer Island fifth grade girls select PSTL team includes: Emily Arron, Jackie Stenberg, Emma Pfeiffer and Julia Nordstrom; back row, Sarah Guest, varsity guest assistant Kris Brackman, Anna Swanson, Angelina Barokas, Hannah Wainwright, Mathilda Noone, Annelise Rorem and Jackie Gilroy. The team is coached by Regi Raban.