High School Basketball

Brandland’s free-throw shooting lifts Mount Baker girls to win

Mount Baker scoring standout Emily Brandland has hit as many as 54 consecutive free throws in practice.

But the 5-foot-11 fourth-year starter could not recall making 11 straight or 13 of 14 in a game, as she did in Baker’s 49-43 win over Bothell Cedar Park Christian Monday, Feb. 8, in the opening round of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done anything like that,” said Brandland, who scored 14 of Baker’s first 20 points and finished with 25. “I do work hard on free throws.”

Sophomore McKenzie Yost and freshman Danielle Tyler combine for 18 points in the second half to finish with 11 apiece for the Mountaineers. Also providing strong support were fellow starters Sam Jacoby and Kylee Engholm, both senior leaders.

18 Points by McKenzie Yost and Danielle Tyler together in the second half after they hit one basket each in the first half.

“We did a good job of keeping our composure,” coach Kim Preston said. “We have a lot of girls who had never played in a district game.”

UP NEXT

The Mounties (16-5) will take on Kings, the No. 1 seed from the Cascade Conference, Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Shoreline. Monday’s win did not guarantee anything, since if the Mounties lose to Kings, they will have to play a loser-out game Thursday, Feb. 11, to clinch a Bi-District berth.

PLAY OF THE GAME

After Eagles scoring leader Tess Biscup sliced Baker’s lead to 43-41 with two free throws with 1:50 left, Baker freshman Kylind Powell flipped a fine pass to Yost for a layup. Brandland followed with three free throws for a 48-41 lead with 35 seconds left.

“McKenzie had been getting open and we needed her to be more vocal,” Preston said. “McKenzie called for the ball from Kylind.”

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN …

Tyler hit a free throw for the game’s final point with 11 seconds remaining.

UNSUNG HERO

Powell had at least one rebound, steal and/or assist in all four quarters in a reserve role and finished with four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Summer Millman and freshman Helen Malone also played effective minutes off the bench.

I think this is my best shot at getting to the state tournament for the first time”

Baker senior Emily Brandland, praising the effort and talent of her young teammates   

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