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Snohomish handles Eastlake, 59-45 | Girls Basketball

Offensive rebounds, hustle plays and second effort helped the 10th-ranked Panthers beat the Wolves to improve to 2-0 in the Snohomish Christmas Invitational.

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SNOHOMISH — It was a step toward a return to prominence. The Snohomish girls basketball team, ranked 10th in the state in Class 4A, is on the comeback trail.

Junior Callie Harwood scored 15 points off the bench as the Panthers beat Eastlake 59-45 Friday night at the Snohomish Christmas Invitational.

The Panthers (7-2) gradually shed the Wolves (4-6) with a steady flow of offensive rebounds, hustle plays and second effort. The effort has Snohomish hoping for its first state berth since taking second in 2009.

Senior point guard Morgan Green has been a four-year varsity starter and part of a rebuilding process since the 2008 opening of nearby Glacier Peak High School splintered the program. She feels the confidence building.

"We're a hardworking team, and I think that's what is going to get us there," Green said. "It's definitely the hustle that's kept us in games, and (it's) nice to know we have room for growth."

Snohomish has three state runner-up finishes and 10 top-eight girls basketball trophies.

"I've told people that this team might be the most athletic group we've had, and we've had some great teams with better basketball players offensively," Snohomish coach Ken Roberts said. "We've just got a lot of athletes, and they work hard."

The Panthers, with only two seniors, play Issaquah at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Both teams are 2-0 in the invitational, effectively making it the championship game of the three-day, round-robin event.

Ellie Woerner scored 14 for the Wolves, who sank 18 of 26 free throws. Rachel Ainslie added 13 points for Eastlake.

Other games

Issaquah 54, Jackson 43

Mandie Hill had 21 points, four steals and three assists and backcourt mate Aimee Brakken scored 17 for the Eagles (7-2). Faithaleen Lopez-Flores, a sophomore, scored 14 and Sierra Anderson 13 for Jackson (5-3). Jackson trailed 48-43 after a three-pointer by Lopez-Flores with 2:17 to go, but Hill was fouled on a three-point shot with 55.9 seconds left and made all three free throws.

Stanwood 40, Skyview 32

Samantha Powell scored 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, as the Spartans (7-2), ranked No. 10 in Class 3A, beat the Storm (3-6) from Vancouver. Aubrey Ward-El scored 16 for Skyview.

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