Girls basketball: Prairie 75, Mercer Island 34

By Paul Valencia, Columbian High School Sports Reporter



Heather Corral lit up the stat sheet Monday night, and the Prairie Falcons lit up another opponent.

Corral finished with a double double and came close to quadruple-double with 19 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, and eight steals in a 75-34 non-league girls basketball victory over Mercer Island.

The Falcons opened with a 23-4 first quarter. Jackie Lanz had four assists and three steals to ignite the offense.

Megan Lindsley finished with 14 points, Lanz had 13, and Kelsey Asplund added 11 — making it four Falcons in double figures.

Prairie’s defense forced 30 turnovers, while the offense took care of the ball much of the night with 10 turnovers.

“I like our intensity in the press,” Prairie coach Al Aldridge said.

However, he had hoped for more progress by now in other aspects of the team’s defensive philosophy.

“We’re still making too many mistakes. We’re missing help rotation stuff,” he said.

The Falcons, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 3A Washington by the Seattle Times, do not expect much of a battle in league play this season. Next week, the team travels to California to play four games in four days.

Aldridge hopes the competition will help the Falcons prepare for Washington’s postseason.

About the only thing that went wrong for Prairie on Monday was a first-quarter knee injury to starter Cori Woodward. Aldridge said the initial report was a bruised knee but no structural damage.


MERCER ISLAND — Savanna Reid 13, Kris Brackmann 9, Brooke Behrbaum 3, Carly Andersen 3, Marlo Cafarelli 2, Jamie Mounger 2, Renae Tessem 2, Lauren Ellis 0, Ari Moscatel 0, Suri Johnson 0. Totals 14-54 (3-22) 3-11 34.

PRAIRIE — Lindsay Asplund 4, Cori Woodward 1, Heather Corral 19, Kelsey Asplund 11, Nicole Goecke 7, Emily Peters 4, Megan Lindsley 14, Andrea Smith 2, Jackie Lanz 13. Totals 23-57 (8-25) 21-29 75.

Mercer Island 4 11 8 11—34

Prairie 23 14 15 23—75

JV —Prairie won in OT.