Arlington Girls’ Battle Back to Beat Glacier Peak in Wednesday Night’s Thrilling Playoff Game


Hannah Martian

Jayla Russ (’16) prepares sto shoot a three-pointer during Wednesday night’s playoff game against Glacier Peak.

After being down by double-digits, the Arlington Eagles were able to battle back and defeated the Glacier Peak Grizzles by a final score of 52-45.

After a slow start, the Eagles found themselves down ten points at the end of the first quarter. For an Arlington team that’s always used to having a commanding lead, it was a startling sight to see. But the Eagles didn’t let it get to them: They fought back, cutting the lead to just four at halftime, as the Grizzles lead 28-24.

At the start of the second half, the momentum seemed to swing to Arlington. By the end of the third quarter, they were only down by one point, 36-35. Seniors Gracie Castaneda and Serafina Balderas were among the most energetic on the court, scoring six points each as they helped their team get back into the game.

The fourth quarter was one of the most heart-pounding and electrifying eight-minutes that the Eagles’ have endured all year. The score was extremely close throughout, with the lead flip-flopping with every possession. Sevi Bielser was able to put up some crucial 3’s for the Eagles, and Sarah Shortt (’16) also made important free throws late in the game. The Eagle were able to persevere and defeated Glacier Peak, 52-45.

One of the biggest story lines of the night, however, was Sevi Bielser. After coming off a remarkable performance against Shorewood last Saturday night in which she put up 20 points, Bielser once again had the hot hand on the court, rallying her teammates as she scored 15 points Wednesday night.

This is a team that never gives up and never gives in–even when staring down a double-digit deficit, the Eagles kept pace with Glacier Peak and adjusted when they needed to. They started making their shots, played better defense, and went back to playing the Arlington style-game that has gotten them to where the are today.

“We just picked up the intensity and the energy and we didn’t hang our heads,” said senior Emma Janousek, who had six points on the night. “We have a lot of confidence in our team.”

Arlington’s next game has been perhaps the most highly-anticipated game in all of Wesco, and certainly within the 3A division: The Eagles will face-off against the #1 ranked team in the state, the Lynwood Royals, this Saturday at Jackson High School at 6pm.

Castaneda–6. Balderas–6. Shortt–4. Bielser–15. Larson–0. Janousek–6. Brown–3. Miears–2. Russ–10.