Payback time for Rogers' Dane Looker | 4A Girls Notebook
Dane Looker, a former Husky and NFL football player, is on the Rogers bench, helping his wife coach the Rams' girls basketball team.
Seattle Times staff reporter
TACOMA — Maybe Dane Looker feels he owes the Rogers girls basketball team a little something.
After all, it was his NFL career with St. Louis that took his wife, Amy, away from the program after her two seasons as head coach in 2002 and '03.
She's back at the helm, and Dane helps keep the scorebook and stats. He's even listed as an assistant coach.
"He does a little of everything," Amy said after the Rams' loss to Lake Stevens Wednesday at the Class 4A state tournament.
Dane Looker played basketball and football at Puyallup High School, and football at Washington.
Amy (Clancy) Looker was a senior on the Rogers basketball team that went to state in 1995. Assistant coach Jessie (Farias) DeForrest also was on that team.
Amy was a late addition as interim head coach last November after Becky Binger made a late decision to take the year off with the impending birth of her son, born in December.
Kylie Huerta of Kentwood knew she would have to work for her points against Newport's Chanel Cambronero. They are former AAU teammates.
"She's always been a lockdown defender," Huerta said. "I can definitely say she had me a little frustrated."
Huerta made only 2 of 9 shots in the first half, but heated up late in the third quarter with a key three-pointer, then went off for 11 points in the fourth. She finished with 19 points in Kentwood's 57-53 victory.
They posed for a picture together after the game.
"She's like my best friend," Huerta said.
Issaquah's No. 1 fan
Maddey Pflaumer was greeted by the nephew of Issaquah teammate Dominique Mendezona, moments after she hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds to defeat Lewis and Clark 51-49.
Three-year-old Jaden sprinted up to the junior forward, who hoisted him onto her shoulders.
"He's like our No. 1 fan," Pflaumer said. "We love him."
Bad time for a timeout
With the score tied at 49 and 20 seconds left, Lewis and Clark appeared to be headed to the foul line for two free throws after an Issaquah foul. Before the play, though, Tigers coach Jim Redmon called a timeout to draw up a final play.
Redmon was incensed that his team did not take more time off the clock before guard Daisy Burke missed a four-foot hook. Issaquah had enough time left to drive down the court, and made free throws with 0.6 seconds.
"Our idea would have been to wait to take that shot," Redmon said. "We had control over it. We had a play and we said if we had the quick hit, we'd go for the two. That didn't happen."
Back to school
With as many turnovers (14) as points in the first half, Chiawana of Pasco had one of its worst halves of the season against Federal Way.
At halftime, coach Steve Davis told his team not to panic. It worked. The Riverhawks took better care of the basketball and outscored the Eagles 18-10 in the fourth quarter to win 43-40.
"We came out and started the game like we were in a middle-school game," Davis said.