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Thursday, February 16, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM



Roundup: Falcons claim Central crown

Special to The Seattle Times

KENMORE — Steve Segadelli shot skyward off the bench like a missile, his hands in the air just waiting to hug the first player he could find.

The Woodinville High School girls basketball coach simply couldn't contain his joy.

LeeAnn Palo, a senior guard headed to Utah State, poured in 20 points and junior Amanda Best added 18 points as seventh-ranked Woodinville beat host Inglemoor 68-64 on Wednesday in a regular-season finale that decided the KingCo 4A Central Division title.

The Falcons (19-1 overall, 13-1 Central Division) backed up last year's memorable return to state after a 12-year absence with an encore regular season and appear headed back on the trail to state.

Best added the icing on a sweet win over Inglemoor (17-3, 11-3) with a running five-footer with 13 seconds showing for the final margin. When Viking Ashley Brown, who led her team with 15 points along with Rachel Williamson, missed a three-pointer with five seconds left, Segadelli sprung to life from the Falcons' bench.

"That was pretty awesome," said Woodinville forward Megan Lombard, one of six seniors. "He's got some hops."

Lombard said her team was pumped up to pay back the Vikings for coming to the Woodinville gymnasium and keeping the Falcons from the division title in last season's finale.

"There was a revenge factor," Lombard said. "We knew we could do it."

Woodinville won the first meeting with Inglemoor, scoring a 49-43 home-court decision on Dec. 16.

The pride showed in Segadelli's emotions after the game. He beamed when talking about securing the division title after his high-rise act off the bench.

"I probably could've gotten the net," said Segadelli, the second-year coach who led the Falcons boys program from 1987-92. "I'm just proud of my girls. This season has brought new pressures. I felt like last year we turned the corner.

"It's satisfying to win the school's first division title. The girls just keep bringing their best game."

Other girls games

Redmond 63,

at Lake Washington 56

Christine Isherwood came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points, and the Mustangs (11-9, 8-6) made 13 of 14 free-throws attempts in the second half of their KingCo 4A win over the Kangaroos (3-17, 3-11)

Skyline 53, at Eastlake 31

Madison Maloney scored 15 of her 20 points in the first quarter, and the Spartans (10-9, 8-6) cruised past the Wolves (5-15, 2-12) in a KingCo 4A game.

At Garfield 60, Franklin 30

Vivian Frieson scored a game-high 18 points as the eighth-ranked Bulldogs (16-1, 13-4) beat the Quakers (7-13, 4-10) in a KingCo 4A matchup.

At Roosevelt 63, Ballard 42

Mackenzie Argens had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Roughriders (16-4, 11-3) won a KingCo 4A game against the Beavers (11-9, 6-8), who were led by Gillian Huggins' 19.

Boys games

At Lynnwood 54, Sehome 47

Nathan Rudd had 19 points, and the second-seeded Royals beat the Mariners in the first round of the Northwest 3A District tournament. Lynnwood (15-6)) next plays Bellingham on Saturday at Squalicum High in Bellingham at 8 p.m. in a semifinal. Sehome also plays Saturday at Squalicum, at 4 p.m. in a loser-out game against Cedarcrest.

At Lynden 64, Shorecrest 40

The eighth-seeded Scots lost to the top-seeded Lions in the first round of the Northwest 3A tournament. Shorecrest next plays at Squalicum on Saturday in a 2 p.m. loser-out game. Sixth-ranked Lynden also plays Saturday at Squalicum. The Lions will face Burlington-Edison in a 6 p.m. semifinal.

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