Meridian’s girls’ basketball team finished off its home tournament with another win, 49-33 over Sultan on Saturday, Dec. 27, at Meridian High School.
Ryley Zapien led the Trojans with 16 points despite sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble. Kyrin Baklund added 13 points and Ellesse FitzGerald had eight points, four assists.
Some key bench players stepped up as Zapien and a couple other Meridian starters sat with foul trouble. Emily Stuth scored two points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds off the bench.
“Stuth stepped up off the bench and played great defense,” Meridian coach Mark Gilmore said in a phone interview. “She had nine boards, a couple of assists and picked the energy up. We were a little flat until then. We had two or three starters on the bench with fouls and the young girls off the bench took care of the ball. Stuth was rebounding everything for a stretch there.”
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Meridian’s win showed in the stats, too. It outrebounded Sultan 40-29 and had the advantage of a 19-23 turnover margin.
Meridian plays next at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at home against Sehome in Northwest Conference action.
Meridian 49, Sultan 33
Sultan: Bethany Kirkpatrick 0, Emilee Buzzell 3, Sentman 8, Bailey Bierbrauer 17, Hanna Bierbrauer 0, Belle Ellis 5, Claudia Hubbard 0, Daphne Pohaku 0, Markwood 0. Totals: FT: 7-19 33.
Meridian: Ryley Zapien 16, Kyrin Baklund 13, Sydney Swanson 2, Ellesse FitzGerald 8, Janessa Murphy 0, Natalie Swanson 2, Tanis Harrison 0, Payton Lunde 0, Emily Stuth 2, Emily Kirkman 0, Bryn Magnusson 6, Mackenzie Cox 0. Totals: 19-70 9-16 49.
3-point field goals — Sultan: 0 (n/a); Meridian: 2 (Zapien, Baklund 1). Rebounds — Sultan: 28 (n/a); Meridian: 40 (Stuth 9). Assists — Sultan: 6 (Sentman 3); Meridian: 12 (FitzGerald 4). Fouls — Sultan: 18 (Sentman); Meridian: 21. Turnovers — Sultan: 23; Meridian: 19.