KingCo 4A Girls | Ballard roughs up 'Riders
Ballard's girls basketball team wanted to make a statement Friday night. The undefeated Beavers wanted to be recognized as the best team...
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Ballard's girls basketball team wanted to make a statement Friday night. The undefeated Beavers wanted to be recognized as the best team in KingCo 4A with a big win over fifth-ranked Roosevelt.
The statement they made sounds even better in Danish.
Jeanette Hansen, a 6-foot-5 foreign-exchange student from Denmark, scored 10 points and put on an intimidating defensive performance as Ballard handed the Roughriders their first loss, 50-26.
"It was really big," Hansen said. "A lot of people didn't think we could beat Roosevelt, but we beat them pretty well."
Hansen scored all of the Beavers' field goals in a breakout third quarter, and threw down a punishing block against Roosevelt (5-1 overall, 3-1 league) as time expired in the quarter.
"They were easy points," Hansen said, praising her teammates.
Everything looked easy for Ballard (6-0, 4-0). That's a departure for third-year coach Karen Blair, who had a 255-39 record and won two state championships at Meadowdale of Lynnwood but has yet to finish with a winning record at Ballard. The Beavers finished 10-13 last season.
"It's been a long journey for them to buy into my philosophy," Blair said. "It's taught me a lot of life lessons."
Team scoring leader Evangeline Spracklin had 14 points, while the Beavers limited the Roughriders to single digits in each quarter.
"We got out-coached. We got out-everythinged," first-year Roosevelt coach Gregg Kalina said. "They [the Beavers] did a good job. They beat us in every single facet of the game."
Junior guard Hannah Judd led Roosevelt with 13 points.
Inglemoor 47, at Franklin 36
The Vikings (4-1, 3-0) closed the game with an 11-4 run against the Quakers (2-2, 1-2). Senior forward Sally Blackner's 17 points for Inglemoor led all scorers.
Juanita 63, at Bothell 51
Brianna Rinehart-Young, a 6-1 senior, got 15 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Rebels (4-2, 2-2) secure a win. Whitney Anderson scored 20 for Bothell (1-6, 0-4), which was without its top two post players.
At Redmond 50,
Marissa Pratt, a 6-3 sophomore, blocked nine shots and Mary Petrie led three Mustangs in double figures with 15 points as Redmond (3-2, 2-2) stopped Woodinville (3-3, 1-3).
At Lake Washington 68, Garfield 55
Erika Wilson scored 22 points for Lake Washington (3-2, 2-2), which was in total control after trailing 16-5 going into the second quarter against the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-3). Wilson, a 5-7 guard, drained 11 of 12 free throws. Athletic director Terry Johnson coached the Kangs for the first time, following the departure of coach Bernard Thomas.
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