Woodinville, Eastlake in KingCo 4A final | Girls Basketball
Sixth-ranked Woodinville erased a nine-point deficit in the final 2:43 to beat Issaquah 51-50, and Eastlake beat Skyline 54-49 to reach the conference title game.
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KIRKLAND — It almost seemed as if there was some divine intervention for the Woodinville High School girls basketball team.
The sixth-ranked Falcons looked down and out, trailing Issaquah by eight points with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining.
Kim Frost got a fortunate roll on the game-winning 14-foot jumper with 10.6 seconds remaining as Woodinville charged back for a 51-50 win in Saturday's KingCo 4A winner-to-regionals semifinals at Juanita High School.
The Falcons (20-2) turned up full-court pressure defense as Issaquah (16-6) scored just one field in the final 4:23.
"For two and half minutes, we put tremendous pressure on them. We had to, with our backs to the wall, and we made magic happen," said Woodinville coach Scott Bullock. "You can't sustain that kind of intensity for 32 minutes. If you do that the whole game, they'll find a way to get into a rhythm and a flow.
"I didn't think Frost's shot was going in."
Frost's winning shot from the left baseline hit the inside of the front rim and bounced off the backboard and through the net. Her wide-open shot was set up by a pass from the lane by Ali Forde.
Sophomore Mackenzie Campbell, in her first varsity season after a back injury kept her out of action, scored a career-high 20 points and added three steals for Woodinville. Forde, a senior headed to play volleyball and basketball at the University of Idaho, supplied eight points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots.
"Not a lot of people know about (Campbell), because she didn't play the last two years with a stress fracture in her back," Bullock said. "The girl is flat-out quick. Man, she can get to the rim and she can finish. We run a special play for her, and get a little misdirection, and she just slashes."
The Falcons meet Eastlake for the KingCo 4A title at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Juanita.
Mackenzie Wieburg, a sophomore guard, led Issaquah with 14 points, including 10 in the second half. She also had five rebounds. Wieburg scored on a driving layin with 2:32 left for her team's last basket.
Woodinville pulled within 50-49 Campbell's fastbreak layin with 36 seconds left. The Falcons finished the game on a 9-0 run.
Issaquah drew up an inbounds play with 1.5 seconds left and lobbed the ball near the hoop, but the Eagles' Monica Landdeck had her shot blocked by Erin Hamilton at the buzzer.
"We just kind of came together and said, 'We don't give up,'" Campbell said. "We were thinking if, 'We don't give our all now, we're going to lose.'"
Issaquah faces Inglemoor, a 51-47 winner over Garfield, in a loser-out game Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. at Juanita.
Mandie Hill added 13 points for the Eagles.
Eastlake 54, Skyline 49
Kendra Morrison made a pair of three-pointers and Ellie Mortenson added another in a one-minute span late in the fourth quarter as the Wolves (14-8) took charge to reach the KingCo 4A championship game. Morrison's 14-footer with 38 seconds left gave the Wolves a 53-49 cushion. Morrison led Eastlake with 18 points, including 12 in the final 5:37.
Skyline, which got 17 from Megan Wiedeman, led by as many as seven in the third quarter. Skyline (15-7) faces Newport Tuesday in a loser-out game at Juanita.