Mount Vernon Tops Marysville
MARYSVILLE - After watching Ryan Moe's laser-sharp three-point accuracy last night, it's understandable why Mount Vernon Coach Mac Fraser gives him a green light to shoot anytime.
Moe, a senior guard, hit eight of 12 three-pointers and scored 24 points in Mount Vernon's 71-66 season-opening nonconference basketball victory over the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks.
"That wasn't by accident," Fraser said. "He wouldn't get the green light if it was.
"If you don't let a kid like that shoot, how are you ever going to know if he can or can't make it?"' he said.
Moe was most impressive in the third quarter, when he hit five three-pointers. Four of them came in a 20-4 run that led the Bulldogs from a 39-30 deficit to a 50-43 lead.
"I was in that zone where everything was going in," Moe said.
The Tomahawks held Moe scoreless in the fourth quarter and to just one three-point attempt. Guard Brooks Meek-Anderson, who had 26 in the game, scored nine points in the final period to lead Marysville's comeback. The Tomahawks were down 63-62 with a minute to play.
Then Mount Vernon center Jeremy DeVries secured the victory by scoring five points, including a three-pointer.
Each coach liked what he saw from his team.
"It tells us our club knows how to handle close situations," Fraser said. "It was a lot better than winning by 30 or 40. This (Marysville-Pilchuck) is a quality team."
Mount Vernon, rated third in The Seattle Times' Class AA preseason state rankings, again may win the Northwest League. The Bulldogs finished fifth in the state tournament last year, after winning the championship the previous two years.
Marysville-Pilchuck, an AAA state tournament team last season, is expected to battle Cascade for the Western Conference championship.
"Mount Vernon is one of the best around. They were a good challenge for us," Marysville-Pilchuck Coach Mike Lowery said. "I thought we played well for the first game.
"We might have been able to weather the three-pointers if we had shot well from the line," Lowery said.
The Tomahawks made six of 18 free throws. Mount Vernon made 18 of 23.
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