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KingCo 4A: Woodinville stops Garfield; state next

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KIRKLAND — The Woodinville Falcons earned more than just their first Sea-King 4A District girls basketball championship Friday night. More than their first 4A state-tournament berth since 1993.

The sixth-ranked Falcons earned legitimacy.

Woodinville erased the sting of a two-point loss to Garfield in January by downing the defending state champs 61-49 at Juanita High School in the district title game.

Woodinville (22-1), riding a 12-game win streak, is going to state for only the second time in school history.

"Last year we turned things around by going 17-7, but got bumped out short of state," said second-year head coach Steve Segadelli. "It's so great to see this group of girls climb the mountain this year. We are a team to be contended with, and we are excited to be going to state."

Garfield (18-5) plays Roosevelt at 6 p.m. today at Juanita High School for the district's only other state berth. The Bulldogs have won two of three against Roosevelt this season.

Woodinville, which trailed Garfield by as many as nine, took its first lead on the final play of the third period and never trailed again.

Class 4A state qualifiers

Qualifiers for the state tournaments March 8-11 in Tacoma:

BOYS — Cascade (Everett), Snohomish, Jackson, Inglemoor, Prairie, Curtis, Kentwood, South Kitsap, Bellarmine Prep, Evergreen (Vancouver), Gig Harbor, Mount Tahoma, Central Valley, Ferris.

GIRLS — Lake Stevens, Meadowdale, Jackson, Woodinville, Prairie, Kentwood, Mount Tahoma, Lincoln, Auburn Riverside, Puyallup, Bellarmine Prep, Gig Harbor, University, Lewis and Clark.

LeeAnn Palo, a Utah State-bound senior, led a balanced Woodinville attack with 16 points and five assists. But it took awhile for her to find her rhythm. Palo, the Falcons' top scorer at 16.7 points per game, didn't score until 1:30 remained in the first half. But the 5-foot-8 guard scored 16 of her team's next 24 points, leading the comeback.

"We were really slow in the first half and couldn't put the ball in the basket," Palo said. "But we stayed enthusiastic and coach wanted us to attack more. Shots started to fall and then we put (Garfield away) in the fourth quarter. That was our best quarter."

Falcons junior Amanda Best had 15 points and five rebounds while Amanda Fleischman, who has committed to playing softball for Washington next year, added 14 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Garfield was led by Gonzaga-bound Vivian Frieson's 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. But when the Bulldogs lost senior point guard LaCale Pringle-Buchanan to her fifth foul on a controversial charging call with 4:17 to play, Woodinville took advantage by finishing on a 16-8 run.

"We really responded in clutch time and made big, big free throws down the stretch," Segadelli said.

Loser-out game

Roosevelt 45, Skyline 32

Alex Capeloto scored 10 points and 6-3 junior Mackenzie Argens clogged the middle defensively as the Roughriders knocked out the cold Spartans (12-11).

Skyline couldn't survive a scoreless stretch of 12:16 in the first half and trailed 17-7 at halftime. The Spartans managed just three field goals in the first half, one in the second quarter.

Roosevelt (19-5) plays Garfield in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 6 p.m. today at Juanita.

Madison Maloney scored 13 for Skyline. Argens had nine points and six blocked shots for Roosevelt.

Correspondent Matt Massey

contributed to this report.

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