Glacier Peak punches ticket to regionals | Northwest 3A Basketball
The Grizzlies defeated Oak Harbor 58-36 in a loser-out game, qualifying for their fourth consecutive trip to regionals.
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MILL CREEK — Glacier Peak is well on its way to becoming one of the most successful basketball programs in the state. It's just that they don't have very much history yet.
The Grizzlies defeated Oak Harbor 58-36 in a loser-out Northwest 3A District tournament game Saturday night at Jackson High School, qualifying for their fourth consecutive trip to regionals. Quite an accomplishment for a high school that is just five years old.
"For us, for the kids, one, it's a sense of pride, and it's also been a bull's-eye on their back," Glacier Peak coach Brian Hunter said. "It's exciting for these guys."
Ramsey Rosales drained three shots from beyond the arc and Oak Harbor (13-11) went scoreless for nearly five and a half minutes as Glacier Peak (19-5) took an early 17-8 lead.
"The thing that we've really relied on all year is our defense," Hunter said. "Because our offense struggled a little bit early, the defense kept us in the game."
Rosales hit another pair of threes and Zach Pederson scored eight points in a big third quarter to put Glacier Peak ahead 41-23 going into the fourth.
"We turned the game when (Rosales) started hitting his threes in the second half," Hunter said. "It definitely changed the momentum. Our kids feed off that."
Rosales, who came in averaging 13.3 points, finished with 15. Pederson led the Grizzlies with 20. Junior guard Drew Washington led the Wildcats with 16 points.
Now, the Grizzlies turn their attention to familiar territory — the regional playoffs.
"It's been three hard months, and this is the reward now," Hunter said.