The ball rolled right for the Hornet girls Friday and the team came home from Sumner with a 50-45 win, handing the Spartans their first loss of the season.
The game was a seesaw battle with the Spartans coming out strong in the first quarter, as expected. Sumner star forward Jamie Lang was dropping shots and creating havoc on defense from the opening bell.
The Hornets battled with a stingy team defense and good shot selection to keep Sumner from running up the score. By the midpoint of the second quarter the score was 13-12 in favor of the Spartans.
Coach Mindi Dribnak said one of the keys to the Hornets’ victory was Tallie Carlson.
“(She) didn’t put up many numbers stat-wise but played a tough game guarding their No. 1 player/post Jaimie Lange until getting into foul trouble,” Dribnak wrote in a email. “We really felt like Tallie wore her down. It was a total team effort.”
Lange picked up her fourth foul late in the third period and was forced to sit until the 7-minute mark of the fourth.
The Hornets were up 10 points in the final quarter and never relinquished the lead, despite a fierce charge by the Spartans once Lange re-entered the game.
Enumclaw forward Kylie Rademacher shot inside and out, scoring 14 points and grabbing five boards and two steals.
Sam Engebretsen scored nine with five boards, three assists and three steals. Engebretsen knocked down a one-for-one with 1:12 on the clock to put the Hornets up 48-43.
On the next Hornet possession the Spartans put a backcourt press on, but Noelle Putnam burned Sumner on a break hitting Katie Carlson with a cross-court pass for a layup, and that sealed it.
Noelle Putman hit nine, shooting three out of four at the line with six rebounds, three assists and one steal. Kaylee Moergeli added three points, two boards and a steal. Katie Carlson hit two points, took down four rebounds and stole the ball once.
Enumclaw hosted Auburn Mountainview Tuesday past the press deadline. Check the website, www.courierherald.com, for scores.