The Lindbergh Eagles took down the Tyee Titans on the basketball court in a double header last Friday, Dec. 9. Previously during the week, the Eagles had been swept by the Redhawks of Renton.
“It was a tough loss,” said junior point guard Caitly Ho. “In practice we were working hard for this game.”
Lindbergh only trailed after the first four points of the game. The Titans jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, but the rest of the game went the Eagles way. Lindbergh dominated in the paint and knocked down huge three pointers.
Ho played a huge part in facilitating the offense. She was constantly finding teammates who knocked down big time shots and also working hard on the offensive and defensive glass. Ho said she takes pride in her hard work for the team.
“A big part of my game is trusting my teammates,” she said. “If I do my part and they do their part, that helps us get the dub.”
Lindbergh closed the first quarter on a 17-1 run. By the end of the first half, the Eagles had taken a commanding lead 29-13.
Starting the second half, Lindbergh struggled; there wasn’t much scoring and Tyee found its way back into the game.
“The team was looking a little confused out there,” said Head Coach Jessica Isabell. “We came together and then brought it in the fourth quarter.” The third quarter ended with the score 33-21.
The key to the Eagle offense was freshman Alaiza Kemp who caught fire from beyond the arch. Kemp drilled a handful of three pointers all seeming to come at perfect times for Lindbergh.
“It’s awesome to see her hit those shots. Ever since she has been working on those threes in practice, I knew I could trust her to make those shots,” said Ho about her teammates’ performance.
Lindbergh exploded for a game high 18 points in the fourth quarter and limited Tyee to just 10 points in the quarter. The Eagles took down the Titans 51-31 in the team’s largest win of the season so far.
For the boys team, it was more of the same for Lindbergh. The boys jumped out in front of the Titans scoring 18 points before Tyee got on the scoreboard. The first quarter ended with a score of 22-4.
Going into halftime, the Eagles continued to show dominance putting up 57 points in one half totalling more points than the entire opening game of the season against Highline.
Head Coach Tyreese Breshers still wanted his team to focus on executing the little things and make improvements overall.
“We still got things to work on. That was our approach coming into this game. We aren’t at our final product yet,” he said. “But we always have steps to improve.”
With the lead the Eagles had, Breshers turned his focus on guys who may not play every day. “We got to spread minutes around and let guys touch the floor who don’t usually get to,” he said.
The final score was 71-18, Lindbergh’s highest scoring game of the season and the most points the team has scored since Feb. 20, 2020, against Clover Park in the playoffs. It is also the lowest number of points allowed since that same season; earlier on Dec. 3, 2019, the Eagles allowed just 15 points to Summit Olympus.
Breshers said his plan coming into this game was to help the team not only for this game but the season as a whole. And with the score as it was, he said he felt like it was a right opportunity to work on things.
“My job is not to run up the score, I’m not looking for an ego boost from this sort of game. There are lessons and things that we are still trying to figure out,” he said.