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Originally published Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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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.

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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,

Woodinville 40

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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