Woodinville girls, Garfield boys, claim titles | KingCo 4A Basketball
Woodinville repeated as KingCo 4A girls champ by beating Eastlake 54-48, and Garfield stopped Issaquah 62-51 for the boys championship.
Special to The Seattle Times
KIRKLAND — With Woodinville down by 10 just seconds into the fourth quarter of Friday's KingCo 4A girls championship game against Eastlake, Falcons coach Scott Bullock called a timeout to gather his players. Senior Ali Forde asked if she could say a few words.
Who was Bullock to say no?
"She just stared the team down and said, 'We're not going to lose this game,' " Bullock said. "From then on, it was a different game."
No. 5 Woodinville emerged from the timeout a different club, firing off a 10-0 run en route to a 54-48 victory at Juanita High School that earned the Falcons their second straight league championship.
"We knew we had a run left in us," Bullock said. "We just had to get it going because time was running out fast."
Both Woodinville (21-2) and Eastlake (14-9) will play in the regional round of state playoffs next Saturday at Juanita. Woodinville is the conference's No. 1 seed, and the Wolves will be No. 2.
Sophomore Mackenzie Campbell had a game-high 19 points and five rebounds to lead the Falcons against Eastlake.
"This is really what we wanted to win," she said. "Whatever happens from here is just added success."
Woodinville jumped to a 10-point lead early, but the Wolves stormed back to take a 25-24 lead into the locker room. Eastlake kept the pressure on in the third period and hit basket after basket with a hand in their face.
Everything was falling, and the Wolves extended their lead to 43-35 heading into the final quarter. A quick basket to start the fourth quarter pushed the Wolves' lead to double digits for the first time.
That's when Bullock called for the timeout and Forde, one of the conference's leading scorers who dominated the game physically despite scoring only seven points, stood in front of her teammates and told them it was going to be different when they walked back onto the court.
"We just played with heart from then on," Campbell said.
Kendra Morrison's 14 points led the Wolves.
Garfield 62, Issaquah 51 (1st-2nd)
No. 4 Garfield (18-5) outscored Issaquah 19-8 in the second quarter and frustrated the Eagles with a frenetic pace on both ends of the floor.
"Our kids came to play tonight," Garfield coach Ed Haskins said. "Demario Hall ran our team like a general; like Mateen Cleaves at Michigan State."
Two Bulldogs posted double-doubles, as Tre'Vaunte Williams had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Tucker Haymond and 18 points and 10 boards. Sharpshooter Nick Price led the Eagles (14-9) with 14 points but was hampered by foul trouble.
Both squads play in the regional round next Friday at Juanita.