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Evergreen Lutheran girls want a shot at state

"When asked about last year’s Tri-District tournament the look on Heidi Stuebs’ face was defining.You could easily tell that the tournament had left here with a sour taste in her mouth.Last winter, Evergreen Lutheran came to within one basket of beating Seattle Lutheran and earning a berth to state. Instead, the Eagles were left wanting for this season.With everyone back, the goal has been set at reaching the Class B tournament in Spokane at the end of this season.‘We are very motivated,” Stuebs said. “We are going to state, that’s what we set as our goal.”If the Eagles are to accomplish that feat, they will have to shoot better than they did in their 44-40 loss to Clallam Bay Monday. That was Evergreen Lutheran’s first loss in six nonleague games this season.The Eagles hit just 6-for-31 shots in the second half against the Bruins. Evergreen Lutheran missed their first seven shot of the fourth quarter, letting the Bruins ease out to a 40-34 lead.Even though the Eagles weren’t able to make a comeback, Evergreen Lutheran coach Jeff Kurbis was pleased that his team was able to stay close with one of the top teams in the district.“We had some turnovers we’re trying not to make and we gave up some offensive rebounds we’ve been trying hard not to give up,” Kurbis said. “With the exception of free throws, I would guess that most of their points came off missed shots.”Much of that had to do with the Bruins’ 6-foot-1 center Emily Dukes, who scored a game-high 21 points.Eleven of the 12 Eagle players scored, led by Bethany Holter with eight. Stuebs and Leah Kurbis had six each.“We don’t have a tradition at state,” Kurbis said. “We have to develop that tradition.”"

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