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Geoducks fight to the end in cross-town rivalry

November 08, 2005

Lacey, WA - The Evergreen Geoducks fought to the end, only to fall short in a 54-51 loss to cross-town rival Saint Martins. In the ninth annual exhibition game, these ladies came to show this is a new year and times have changed-they are a force to be reckoned with.

Once Evergreen's 6'1 Rachel Ross won the tip, fans from both sides in the Saint Martins Pavilion knew they were in for an exciting game on Tuesday night. With a low scoring combination of six points in the first seven minutes, many sat wondering if this competition would reach even 50 points.

Then came the reign of Beth Layton. Scoring eleven points in the next few minutes, the Saints gained a 21-10 lead, which grew to 28-15, but that was the largest margin we would see. With the Geoduck defense on lock, the ladies were able to slow Layton's quick step and the Saints offense, going into the half nine down at 34-25.

With critical help from junior captain Jenny Olson (10 points) and Senior Dalia Gomez (11 points) accompanied by Senior Rachel Ross's double-double (16 points 11 rebounds), the Geoducks were able to shave the deficit to three points with 1:30 left in the game. With our three top rebounders, Jenny Olson, Rachel Ross and Danielle Keenan having fouled out in the later minutes of the second half, our guards had to work extra hard to gain possession after missed shots.

There were futile attempts from the Evergreen offense to tie the game in the remaining seconds, but the Saints regained control of the ball and ended the competition on their end of the court.

Although the score didn't show a W in the win-loss column for the Evergreen Geoducks, they played with an immense amount of heart and proved to all they came to play and were to be respected.