Ninth-ranked Newport takes down No. 2 Woodinville | Prep Girls Basketball
Hustle and three-point shooting helped Newport take down second-ranked Woodinville, 50-41, in a KingCo 4A girls basketball showdown.
Special to The Seattle Times
BELLEVUE — Even Newport girls basketball coach Travis Whitaker, after looking at the stat sheet, wondered how his team got it done.
But the numbers were full lies and myths, not adding up and not touching the visceral.
The Knights shots 28.6 percent from the floor. They were out-rebounded 50-36. They were outsized across the board.
That didn't seem to matter.
Guard play ruled the night as backcourt mates Betsy Kingma and Chanel Cambronero scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, leading ninth-ranked Newport past No. 2 Woodinville 50-41 Wednesday night in a clash of top KingCo 4A teams at Newport High School.
The contest came down to fight or flight as the smaller Knights stared down the Falcons, who measure 6 feet 1, 6-1 and 5-11 across the front line.
"I'd say that we're special in the way, in that every girl on our team knows what it takes to win and wants to win," said Kingma, a senior and cousin of UW player Kristi Kingma and Jackson standout Brett Kingma. "We found a way to win even though maybe we weren't playing our best statistical game. Hustle and desire is definitely who we are."
Kingma, who came in averaging 19.7 points, was proud of her teammates for never letting up and banding together.
"I thought every girl stepped up," she said. "They (the Falcons) have some really good bigs. Our girls that are posts, who were undermatched in size, really stepped up.
"We played really different styles. It was nice to see us rise to the occasion playing their style."
The Knights (12-1 overall, 8-1 KingCo Crest) hit 7 of 17 three-point shots. Kingma sank 4 of 6 and Cambronero 3 of 7 over the taller Falcons (12-1, 8-1 KingCo Crown).
Newport won its third game in a row since a 56-34 loss at Issaquah on Jan. 8, mainly by forcing the tempo and harassing Woodinville into 20 turnovers.
"We're obviously a very undersized group, so for us to be able to hang in there was great," said Whitaker. "I just liked the way we worked. We worked really, really hard in that game and reaped the benefits of it."
The Knights jumped to a 9-4 lead and trailed only four times before regaining the lead at 39-34 after a 12-1 run. That was the winning response after Woodinville went ahead 34-31 on the strength of an 8-0 surge.
"They're a huge team," said Newport senior guard Randi Boseman, who made one free throw as the Knights hit 5 of 7 foul shots in the final 39.9 seconds to build on a 45-41 lead.
"Mostly, it was our hustle and our attitude," Boseman said. "We're a fast team and we like getting in the lanes and going up for open layups. Mentally, we felt like we got this game under control.
"This was a big, big, big win."
After Newport opened an eight-point lead, the Falcons scratched back within 45-41 on a Melissa Gilkey putback with 1:35 to play.
Woodinville opened the game with three regulars on the bench for the first 4:13. Top scorers Ali Forde (15.8 ppg) and Gilkey (13.1) and guard Carmen Vasilatos were benched to start the game.
Gilkey, a 6-1 forward, finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots while the 6-1 Forde, a force in the post, managed 11 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.