Eagles get 'silly' after win

Laurie Stearns said it wasn’t the prettiest of wins.

But it was a win -- her first as head coach at Klahowya and the Eagles’ first since winning a district playoff game at the end of the 1999-2000 season.

The Eagles ended their 31-game losing streak with a 37-31 Nisqually League triumph over winless Chimacum on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

“We got to keep this taste in their mouth,” Stearns said. “We had beaten (Chimacum) earlier in a jamboree, so we were pretty confident.”

But there were a couple other games the Eagles thought they should have won, too.

“It’s a matter of getting that winning feeling in their minds,” Stearns said. “It’s just incredible we can’t finish a game.”

Even against Chimacum, Stearns said it was struggle as the Eagles scored just five points in the third quarter, allowing Chimacum to cut the gap to 27-24.

But the Eagles hung tough.

Jessica Hicks, who led the Eagles with 13 points, four assists and five steals, nailed a big 3-pointer in the final quarter to give Klahowya some breathing room.

Alicia Langdon (9 points, 10 rebounds), Britini Hintz (10 rebounds) and Emily Jolley (8 points) made major contributions to the victory.

When the team got back to the locker room, Stearns said she busted out a tube of silly string.

“I said, ‘Let’s celebrate. I just massacred them with the silly string,” Stearns said. “I know and they all know it was a team effort.”

The Eagles (1-2 league, 1-9 overall), who played North Mason on Friday, Jan. 11, are home on Tuesday, Jan. 15 against Foster.

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