Offensive outburst leads Eagles to win over Long Trail
ARLINGTON >> Offense has not been the Arlington Memorial High School girls basketball team's strength this season, but that was completely opposite for the Eagles in their game Monday night against Long Trail.
Arlington scored a season-high 46 points in a 46-7 victory over the Mountain Lions for their sixth win of the season.
The Eagles wasted no time getting their offense going, starting the game off on a 7-0 run and led 13-1 going into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, after Long Trail scored its first two baskets of the game to make it 13-5, the Arlington offense got going again led by their leading scorer Riley Lane.
The junior scored five of her nine first half points in the second quarter, including hitting her second three-pointer of the half from the left wing to give Arlington a 20-5 lead. Lane had a game-high 14 points on the night.
"I had a feeling in my stomach before the game that I was going to shoot the ball well tonight," Lane said. "If I thought I had the shot I was going to take it and lucky for me most of them went in tonight."
With the ball in the closing seconds of the first half, Arlington was able to increase their lead when a Katie Berger shot went in at the buzzer that gave the Eagles a 24-6 halftime lead.
"We came out and executed our play very well tonight to start off the game," said Arlington coach Larry Andrews. "We have not started off games well this year, so this was huge for us to get out early to a big lead."
In the second half, Lane continued her hot shooting from three-point range, knocking in her third three-pointer of the night that led Arlington to a 35-6 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles' offense was not just the story of the night, as their defense was lights out on the court as well, holding Long Trail to no points in the third quarter and one point in the entire second half alone.
"Like on offense tonight, we were very aggressive on defense as well," Andrews said. "We forced a lot of turnovers tonight and did a great job defending the rim."
The sophomore Berger scored a career-high 11, including six in the second half.
"It's nice that all my work is paying off on the court," Berger said. "It was satisfying for me to have a great game to help my team win and hopefully I continue to do that the rest of the season."
The seven points allowed was also the fewest Arlington has given up this season as well.
"This was a great win for us," Andrews said. "We preached heavily about better ball movement and taking better shots to score points in practice all last week and we executed that very well tonight."
With the win, the Eagles improve to 6-9 on the season and host undefeated Mount St. Joseph on Thursday at 6 p.m.
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