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KingCo 4A Roundup: Woodinville makes stop
Special to The Seattle Times
Amanda Best has built her basketball reputation at the offensive end of the court.
But Wednesday night, when the Woodinville High School girls basketball team needed someone to step up and play tough defense on Roosevelt's 6-foot-3 Mackenzie Argens, it was Best who stepped forward and volunteered.
The 6-foot Best scored just two points, but did a lockdown job on UW commit Argens in the second half as 10th-ranked Woodinville dug out of a first-half hole for a 68-66 victory over host Roosevelt in a KingCo 4A game at old Lincoln High School.
"Amanda came and said she could take (Argens) at the end of the second quarter," said Woodinville senior point guard LeeAnn Palo. "It's hard for someone who scores a lot to come do that on defense. But we were giving (Argens) a lot of easy looks and rebounds.
"It takes a big sacrifice for Amanda to do that, but it helped us in the second half. This year, she just wants to help us get as far as we can, and that means a lot to me as a senior."
Palo, a Utah State commit, drained a pair of clinching free throws with 8.6 seconds remaining to give the Falcons (15-1 overall, 9-1 Central Division) a four-point cushion at 68-64. Ariel Evans drove to cut the lead to 68-66 with 3.7 seconds left, but Woodinville's Megan Lombard held the ball on the inbounds play as time ran out.
Palo finished with 17 points and a school-record 11 assists and teammate Amanda Fleischman scored a career-high 19 points. Best, a junior who has already verbally committed to New Mexico, did the dirty work in the post on defense.
Best played for Snohomish, the Class 4A state runner-up last season, before transferring to Woodinville this school year. She came into Wednesday night's game averaging 15.7 points, but her focus was solely on defense and it turned the tide for the Falcons.
"It feels good to come win a game in their gym," Woodinville coach Steve Segadelli said. "We got off to such a rough start, but I felt we came back and played some pretty good defense in the second half.
"In the second half, Amanda Best did a good job on Argens. Amanda wanted that challenge and accepted that challenge."
"Best at the defensive end, that was the difference," Segadelli said. "She sacrificed her offense to concentrate on defense to help us get this win."
Roosevelt had an eight-game winning streak snapped.
At Inglemoor 61, Ballard 45
Ashley Brown, a 6-foot senior forward, poured in 30 points — 10 below her career best — and grabbed eight rebounds to power the Vikings (14-2, 8-2). Brown hit 10 of 12 free throws. Gillian Huggins led the Beavers (10-6, 5-5) with 14 points.
Skyline 57, at Juanita 27
Junior guard Lauren Mathews broke loose for 17 points in the first half and finished with a season-high 23 for the Spartans (7-8, 5-5). Skyline led 32-11 at the half. Jolayna Jacobsen had 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Rebels (1-15, 0-10).
At Redmond 61, Franklin 33
Christine Isherwood scored 16 and Erika Edwards had 10 points and five assists as the Mustangs (9-7, 6-4) maintained their hold on first place in the East Division. Hannah Leuning had four steals for Redmond. Kayce Kirihara's 10 points led Franklin (7-8, 4-6).
At Garfield 77, Lake Washington 39
Chanieka Williams and LaCale Pringle-Buchanan just missed triple-doubles as the No. 6 Bulldogs (13-3, 10-0) breezed. Williams had 13 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals. Pringle-Buchanan had 18 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Vivian Frieson (19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals) and Jazmyne Kendricks (13 points) also scored in double digits for Garfield. Meagan Ferguson led the Kangs (1-15, 1-9) with 17 points.
Bothell 48, at Eastlake 31
Kaitlin McBride, a 5-8 junior guard, got 15 of her 22 points in the first half as the Cougars (6-10, 3-7) got off to a blazing start. Alex Zennan led the Wolves (4-12, 1-9) with 14 points.
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