Meridian girls' basketball team squeaked out a 27-23 win in a low-scoring game against South Whidbey on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at South Whidbey High School. The Trojans were led by Ryley Zapien's 12 points in the win.
"Ryley played the whole game, and she's only a freshman; but she's a leader already," Meridian coach Mark Gilmore said in a phone interview. "She takes care of the ball and is pretty good at pressuring on defense."
The Trojans won the turnover battle, but still lost the ball 17 times to the Falcons.
"The field goal percentage was really low for both sides and the turnovers were really high," Gilmore said. "It looked like the first game of the year. We have to work on boxing out and not turning the ball over and keeping control of it."
Meridian's next game is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Coupeville High School.
MERIDIAN 27, SOUTH WHIDBEY 23
Meridian 8 3 9 7 - 27
S. Whidbey 6 4 8 5 - 23
Meridian: Riley Zapien 12, Taylor Lunde 6, Allie Mack 5, Haley Belanger 2, Grace Pyles 2, Allecia Galindo 0, Kendra Holmes 0, Janessa Murphy 0. Team totals: 27.
South Whidbey: Drake 6, Boyd 4, Hodson 8, Hanson 2, Davis 2, Eager 1, Schister 0, Simchel 0, Turpin 0. Team totals: 23.
3-ptg: Meridian n/a, South Whidbey n/a. Rebounds: Meridian 29, South Whidbey 29. Assists: Meridian n/a, South Whidbey n/a. Fouls: Meridian n/a, South Whidbey n/a. Turnovers: Meridian 17, South Whidbey 22.