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Islanders bounce back against Mount Si | Girls prep basketball
After suffering its first KingCo loss of the season, the Mercer Island girls basketball team bounced back to beat the Mount Si Wildcats 58-40 Saturday, Dec. 14 at Mount Si High School. The win brought Mercer Island’s record to 2-1 in KingCo play and 3-2 overall on the year.
It was a competitive affair in the first half, with the Islanders trailing the Wildcats 11-6 after the first quarter and 23-20 at halftime. But Mercer Island came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 23-10 to take the lead and never look back. Jess Blakeslee led the Islanders in scoring with 11 points, while Julia Blumenstein and Taylor Krause each contributed nine points. Suri Johnson had seven points for Mercer Island, while Jamie Mounger contributed six points. Anna Luce and Rachel Tessem each had five points.
The night before against Juanita, the Islanders found themselves in an early hole, trailing 12-3 against the Rebels. Mercer Island fought back, finishing the first quarter down 14-11 and trailed Juanita at halftime 29-24. In the second half, the Islanders were able to come within three again,trailing 35-32. But that would be as close as they would get. The Rebels finished the third quarter on a 5-0 run before running away in the fourth quarter to a 63-47 victory. Julia Blumenstein and Taylor Krause led Mercer Island in scoring with 10 points each. Jess Blakeslee, Suri Johnson and Anna Luce each contributed seven points for the Islanders.
The Islanders will host Liberty at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 and then Interlake Friday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at MIHS.