Last seasons underdog Class 4A state finalist was firmly supplanted Thursday, quite possibly by the states next upstart squad.
Emily Olson had 17 points and nine rebounds for the No. 8 Moses Lake Chiefs (21-4), who overcame an early deficit by holding the No. 10 Arlington Eagles (20-5) scoreless for an 8:28 span into the third quarter during their 46-28 win.
That is how we play our game and where it always starts. We go 10 (players) deep, Moses Lake coach Matt Strophy said. Our speed and our intelligence within our system helps counteract the lack of height we have.
Olson tallied nine points in the third quarter, with most of the damage coming on two consecutive possessions.
On the first one, Olson rumbled down the left baseline for a bucket, was fouled and converted a three-point play for a 27-20 Chiefs lead.
Fourteen seconds later, Moses Lakes Jessie Loera tossed a length-of-the-court pass to Olson, who got off her shot just before Arlingtons Jayla Russ crashed into her from behind.
Olson made the basket and finished off another three-point play for a 30-20 Moses Lake lead with 1:23 remaining in the quarter.
You are not going to win a game at state scoring 28 points, Arlington coach Joe Marsh. Its just not going to happen - teams are just too good.