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After Slow Start, Garfield Girls Run Away From Eastside Catholic

Garfield’s Katie Fiso (22) scores two of her 23 points against the Eastside Catholic Crusaders. Garfield defeated Eastside Catholic 88-50 in Metro League Girls Basketball action. (Photo/ John Saunders)

By RayJuan Stelly, The Seattle Medium

What has now grown into somewhat of a rivalry between Garfield and Eastside Catholic, became more interesting now that Malia Samuels and Imbie Jones are now Bulldogs. Their much anticipated return to Eastside Catholic against their former teammates, who now become opponents had arrived. 

In their return Samuels finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Jones finished with 7 points and 8 rebounds.

Both excelling as players for the Crusaders just a year ago, and now playing for Garfield the duo looked to win against their former team and would need help from their new teammates to complete the mission at hand.

The Crusaders didn’t back down from the highly talented Bulldogs, as they opened the game making Garfield completely uncomfortable and not allowing anything easy. Eastside Catholic’s high energy and offensive sets leading to scores and free throws resulted in the Crusaders holding a 21-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Being down by six points didn’t discourage Garfield from sticking to their gameplan, as their relentless full court press began to open up endless opportunities on offense. With those opportunities, the scoring duo of Bulldogs Samuels and Katie Fiso made open three-pointers, one dribble pull-ups, and uncontested layups.

Once Eastside Catholic began focusing on Samuels and Fiso, it opened up the door for other teammates to score in the same fashion.

Despite Garfield gaining momentum, Eastside Catholic kept themselves in the game by remaining aggressive and getting to the free throw line.

However, Fiso’s play and energy on both sides of the ball opened up opportunities for teammates such as Naveah Talbert and Jayda Lewis to score in transition.

“Just being able to do whatever my team needs me to do,” said Fiso about her role with the team. “Whether that’s scoring or distributing or defending, I just want to be the best player I can be and help my team win.”

After scoring only 15 points in the first quarter, the Bulldogs scored 27 points in the second quarter while holding Eastside Catholic to score just 9 points.

Up 12 going into the second half, Garfield’s defense and unselfish play continued, regardless of who got the rebound or steal all of the Bulldogs’ role players were continuously involved. Imbie Jones and Jada Walters for the Bulldogs controlled the glass offensively and defensively, which got them second chance points and points in transition.

With their chemistry flowing, the Bulldogs scored 25 points in the third quarter to Eastside Catholic’s 8 which resulted in a 67-38 lead going into the fourth. The fourth quarter, just like the second and third, was simply dominated by Garfield.

“We treat every game the same, where every single game is equally as important as the next,” said Fiso. “So, we just came out and put our best foot forward and played our hardest and got the win.”

Fiso finished the game with 23 points and 4 assists for the Bulldogs.

Although Eastside Catholic came out and won the first quarter, Garfield completely outplayed them from the second quarter until the clock struck all zeros. The Bulldogs would go on to win 88-50 and remained undefeated at 6-0, and will face Holy Names Academy on Wednesday.

Pictorial Highlights from Garfield High School vs Eastside Catholic Girls Basketball Game

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