Merce Island girls extend streak to four

Islander forward Kate DaPron controls a rebound against the Rebels at Juanita on Friday, Dec. 11. - Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter
Islander forward Kate DaPron controls a rebound against the Rebels at Juanita on Friday, Dec. 11.
— image credit: Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter

After the first week of games this season, the Mercer Island girls basketball extended its current winning streak to four, outscoring their opponents 231-110 in the last three games.

Monday evening, after Reporter deadline the Islanders dominated Interlake, winning 90-43. Last Saturday, the Islanders beat Enumclaw 79-28 in a non-conference game at home.

The girls from Mercer Island leaped out of the gate against the Hornets, netting 47 points to Enumclaw’s 12 during the first half. The lead increased in the second half with the Islanders earning 21 points after the break to the Hornets’ six.

Senior Hannah Lilly finished the game with 16 points overall, while her teammate, Jae Shin, had 14 points over the Hornets. MIHS senior Kate DaPron earned nine points in the win, while sophomore Carley Andersen and freshman Christina Williamson earned six points.

The night before, the Islanders traveled north to Juanita High School, where the girls beat the Rebels 62-39. During the win, Shin posted 13 points, the most for the team, while Lilly followed closely behind with 12 points. Hailey Gullstad had 11 points, DaPron posted 10 and freshman Kris Brackman had six points.

The Islanders also beat Archbishop Murphy during last week’s games, a match that saw Gullstad score 31 points in the process. The final score was 75-71 for the Islanders.

Archbishop started off the night hot, picking up 27 points to the Islanders’ 20 in the first eight minutes, a lead which the Wildcats would hold onto until the final moments of the game when the Islanders outscored them, 17 to 12, in the last quarter of the game.

On top of Gullstad’s 31 points, Jae Shin made a big impact for the team, putting 16 points on the scoreboard, while senior Hannah Lilly had 11 overall. Archbishop Murphy’s highest scorer was Sam Pettinger, with 20 points.

This week, the Islanders hosted Interlake on Monday, after Reporter deadline, before heading south to the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. The tournament runs in Arizona from Dec. 18-22. The Islanders’ next home game will be Dec. 29 against Newport.

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