Garfield High School's tallest starter is 5-foot-10 freshman Demarea Caples. Against KingCo rival Roosevelt and its 6-3 Washington-bound post Mackenzie Argens, that weakness was glaring.
Argens, a senior, scored 21 points, dominated the paint with 14 rebounds (eight offensive) and set up teammates with nice interior passing to lead the fourth-ranked Roughriders to a 54-39 win Friday night over previously unbeaten and seventh-ranked Garfield.
Roosevelt outrebounded Garfield 36-20 in the KingCo 4A Conference game.
"Our size was the problem [for Garfield]," said coach Bill Resler of Roosevelt (9-0 overall, 5-0 conference). "When they came to trap us, we just threw over it. I think that's the difference in the game. They're quicker than we are."
Guard Ariel Evans added 11 points and seven rebounds for Roosevelt.
In the Roughriders' locker room after the game, a happy Resler looked for something to criticize, asking his players to quiet down while wondering how many turnovers his team had. But his team's mood was so exuberant, a player retorted, "Who cares?"
"This is a big win because Garfield's always been a rival, and we've always wanted to beat them," Argens said. "We came to play tonight."
The Bulldogs couldn't find their offense, settling for desperate outside shots in the first half. In the third quarter, Garfield's misery continued with 3-of-11 shooting and eight of the Bulldogs' 20 turnovers.
Chanieka Williams led Garfield (6-1, 2-1) with 18 points. Briana Lewis added 13, with four steals, four assists and three blocks.
At Woodinville 61, Eastlake 54, OT
Amanda Best capped a fourth-quarter comeback with a tying three-pointer at the buzzer, and Woodinville went on to beat the upset-minded Wolves in overtime. Eastlake (5-5, 1-4 Lake Division) led by eight going into the fourth quarter. Best scored 26 points and was 10 of 11 at the foul line. Ashley Tuiasosopo had 15 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore Bree Porter had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Woodinville (8-2, 3-2 Mountain). Alex Zennan scored 20 for Eastlake.
Inglemoor 53, at Ballard 47
Sarah Ena, a 6-foot senior, scored in double figures for the 10th consecutive game with 21 points as the Vikings (8-1, 3-0) stayed unbeaten in the Lake Division. Ena averages 17.2. Junior guard Kayla Williams led the Beavers (4-6, 2-3) with 18.
At Bothell 59, Lake Washington 50
Erin Barclay scored 19, Kaitlin McBride 14 and Mandy Saintz 13 to lead the Cougars (8-2, 4-1 Mountain) past the Kangs (4-5, 1-3 Lake). Saintz added nine rebounds and Barclay had seven assists. Amanda Juarez led LW with 14 points.
Franklin 50, at Juanita 40
Carol Howard, a 5-7 sophomore guard, had four steals and a season-high 19 points, and junior forward Jasmine Jones grabbed nine rebounds in a win by the Quakers (6-2, 2-2 Lake). Breezy Rinehart-Young had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Rebels (2-6, 0-4 Mountain).