Puyallup surrenders five field goals, beats G-K

Girls basketball: Vikings' defensive pressure keeps Eagles to one bucket in first half

of the HeraldDecember 25, 2013 

The Puyallup Vikings held Graham-Kapowsin to just five field goals and cruised to a 50-11 win Friday night at Puyallup High School.

Addie Picha scored 16 points for Puyallup, and guard Braylie Jeffers added 12. The Vikings (6-0 overall) built a commanding 28-2 lead by halftime.

Vikings head coach Cherokee Ainslie said her team didn’t take the Eagles lightly.

“We just play each game as hard as we can,” Ainslie said. “Each team is coming out to play hard against us, so we have to do the same.

“We have things to work on, and this game was a perfect opportunity for us to do that.”

The Vikings utilized full-court pressure at times in the first and second quarters. Graham-Kapowsin made just one basket in the first half.

“Everything is starting to come together for us,” Ainslie said. “We’re playing together as a team and want to be known as a defensive team. That is one of our goals.

“We’ve been working on the little things, because that is what is going to be most helpful in the end.”

The inside presence of Picha and Marissa Miller, combined with proficient perimeter players Jeffers and Hailey Smoot, make Puyallup tough to defend.

“It’s a great combination to have,” Ainslie said. “If someone wants to shut down the inside, our guards are going to step up, and if all of a sudden they try to shut down our guards, our posts step it up.

“We’re playing together really well right now. It’s really nice to see.”

Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002 or by email at shaun.scott@puyallupherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_shaun.

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