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Girls Basketball

KingCo 4A Roundup: Woodinville endures

Special to The Seattle Times

SAMMAMISH — With Amanda Best home sick with the flu, Woodinville High School's girls basketball team turned to senior point guard LeeAnn Palo for more offense.

Palo delivered.

Palo ran the offense as usual and also found time to put up 20 points and four assists as ninth-ranked Woodinville gave second-year coach Steve Segadelli his first win over host Skyline 53-38 Friday night in a KingCo 4A game.

Woodinville played without Best, a junior who recently committed early to the University of New Mexico. She is the Falcons' second-leading scorer at 15.9 points per game. Palo raised her average to 16.3.

Junior guard Ashley Tuiasosopo scored all of her 12 points in the second half and grabbed seven rebounds for Woodinville (12-1 overall, 6-1 Central Division) despite playing with left hip injury.

"I couldn't be more proud of a group of girls," said Segadelli, who entered the game 0-3 against Skyline coach Jodi Sackville. "With Best out with the flu and Tuiasosopo beat up, this was a pretty good win. We stepped up and played great defense.

"The girls were warriors. They showed a lot of heart and I'm proud of their effort."

Tuiasosopo left the Falcons' bench with 1:45 left in the first quarter to receive treatment for what could be a hip pointer, according to Woodinville coaches. She returned at the 7:20 mark of the second quarter.

Liz Horiatis, a 6-foot senior post player, contributed eight points and 14 rebounds for Woodinville, which has bounced back with two wins since its first loss of the season 58-56 to Garfield on Jan. 13.

Palo took an assertive role on offense, scoring 12 points as the Falcons led by as many as 13 before taking a 25-20 lead into halftime. Palo aggressively attacked the basket.

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"In my opinion, she's the best point guard in the state," Segadelli said. "LeeAnn Palo. She's as good as it gets. Plus, she's our leader.

"We needed her after leaving 16 points at home [with Best]."

Madison Maloney tallied 10 points before the break for Skyline (6-6, 4-3 East) and finished with 18 despite a box-and-one defense from Woodinville in the second half.

Other games

At Inglemoor 68, Eastlake 43

The No. 10 Vikings got a double-double from Ashley Brown (20 points, 12 rebounds) and took a 27-point lead into the fourth quarter of a win over the Wolves (4-9, 1-6). Sarah Ena added 15 points and Danika Brace had 12 points and six assists for Inglemoor (11-2, 5-2).

Franklin 48, at Bothell 41

Junior guard Kayce Kirihara scored a season-best 17 points and Jocelyn Jones added 14 as the Quakers (5-6, 2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Cougars (5-8, 2-5). Kaitlin McBride's 13 points paced Bothell.

At Redmond 46, Ballard 36

Sophomore guard Mary Petrie scored all of her points at the foul line, where she was 9 of 10, helping the Mustangs (8-5, 5-2) hold off the Beavers (8-5, 3-4). Erika Edwards grabbed 10 rebounds and Lina Perugini had five assists for Redmond, which took over the East Division lead after Skyline's loss to Woodinville.

Roosevelt 60, Lake Washington 41

At old Lincoln High School, 5-8 junior Ariel Evans grabbed 14 rebounds in only 18 minutes and senior guard Alex Capeloto scored 13 points and was 6 of 6 at the free-throw line as the Roughriders (11-2, 6-1) won their sixth straight. Mackenzie Argens also scored 13 for Roosevelt. Meagan Ferguson led the Kangs (1-12, 1-6) with 11.

At Garfield 60, Juanita 33

Junior Chanieka Williams keyed a big run by the sixth-ranked Bulldogs in the second quarter. Williams scored 10 of her season-high 29 points in the second quarter, when Garfield outscored Juanita 24-11. She also finished with 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and four blocks. LaCale Pringle-Buchanan added 21 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and five steals for West Division-leading Garfield (10-3, 7-0). Jolayna Jacobsen's 13 points were tops for the Rebels (1-12, 0-7).

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