Things didn’t start according to plan for the Cascade Christian girls basketball team Friday night against the Eatonville Cruisers.
Eatonville built a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes, and Cascade Christian didn’t get on the scoreboard until a Katie Rozumny bucket with 4:30 left in the quarter.
But the Cougars (9-0 1A Nisqually League) overcame their sluggish start to grab the lead at halftime and hold off the Cruisers, 47-40, at Cascade Christian High School in Puyallup.
“Unfortunately, we’ve started slow too many times this year, and we’ve had to come back from those slow starts,” Cascade Christian head coach Bryan Peterson said. “I think the girls have done a pretty good job of recovering. I just wish we would start faster.”
The Cougars shot proficiently from the perimeter with six 3-pointers in the final three quarters against Eatonville (5-3 league). Cascade Christian ended the first half on a 12-0 run and never relinquished the lead.
Freshman guard Tristen Coltom hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with nine points. Rozumny scored a team-high 10 in the victory.
“We’ve got a few girls who can shoot it from the outside pretty well,” Peterson said. “Usually it’s just a matter of time until we get the ball rotated to our open shooter. We got the open looks we needed.”
Peterson said it’s a big advantage to have two wins against Eatonville this season.
“They are sitting in second place, and, obviously, for us beating them twice makes a huge difference in the way things can shake out for the rest of the season,” he said. “It was a really nice win for us.”