Eagles swarm over Mountain Lions

ARLINGTON — The Arlington girls basketball team continued their stellar defensive play this season with a 44-8 win over Long Trail on Tuesday night to improve to 7-2 on the season.

Free throw shooting was the big key in the Eagles being able to take control of the contest in the first quarter.

The main player leading the way from the line for Arlington was Xandria Hoyt, who went six for six from the free throw line the first quarter.

Overall, the Eagles went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the first quarter, which led to them going on a 11-0 run to take a 13-3 lead into the second quarter.

Arlington continued their run in the second quarter with the help of their bench as Kierstyn Hess and Haley Mattison each scored a couple baskets to extend the Eagles' lead to 23-3.

Mattison scored all six of her points in the second quarter for Arlington.

Hoyt extended the Arlington run to 27 with two nice jump shots and the Eagles took a 29-3 lead going into halftime.

The junior finished with a game-high 10 points of the night, with all 10 of her points coming in the first half.

Arlington had seven players in the first half score two or more points for them.

The Long Trail offense on the hand, couldn't get anything going offensively in the second quarter as the Mountain Lions was were held scoreless by the Arlington defense in the second quarter.

"We been focusing on getting better execution on offense and we were able to get that in spots tonight," said Arlington girls basketball coach Larry Andrews. "We need make better decisions will the ball if we want to continue to get better on offense."

Arlington got off to another hot start to begin the third quarter, extending their run to 31 with a back-to-back baskets by Erin Murphy and Katie Berger to make it a 33-3 contest.

The Eagles were on a 35-0 run until Kathryn Dugan made her second basket of the game to end the impressive run by Arlington

Dugan scored seven of Long Trails' eight points and made all three of the team's baskets in the contest.

Leading 37-5 going into the fourth quarter, the Eagles were able to continue to dominate the contest and go on to their seventh win of the season.

Hess scored eight points for Arlington win the win.

Arlington had eight players scored two or more points in the game.

The eight points by Long Trail in the game was the lowest amount of points the Eagles have given up this season.

"We continued to play great defense and that is our biggest strength," Andrews said. "This was a nice win for us. We were able to do some nice things out there on the court. We're going to have to improve on some things though we want to compete against top teams in our division."

The Eagles will next play host to undefeated MSJ in a big Division IV showdown on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Reach sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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