Woodinville, Jackson bounce back with wins | 4A Girls Consolation
Third-ranked Woodinville blew out Federal Way 73-36 and Jackson overcame 31 points by Eastlake's Kendra Morrison for a 62-57 victory.
Seattle Times staff reporter
State Hoops '12
TACOMA — First place is out of the question.
That chance came and went when third-ranked Woodinville fell in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state girls basketball tournament against Gonzaga Prep on Thursday.
So the Falcons regrouped Friday and set a new goal, one they kept alive with a decisive 73-46 victory over Federal Way in a loser-out game at the Tacoma Dome. Woodinville's seniors figured they had no other option.
"I thought, 'Man, we can't get first, but we can't stop now, we can still get fourth. There's more basketball to be played,' " Ali Forde said.
Forde put together 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Three other Woodinville players also scored in double figures: Kim Frost (12), Deidra Miller (10) and Mackenzie Campbell (10).
"It shows a lot about who you are as a team when you're able to come back," Miller said. "It shows true character, because you've still got to want it more than the other team."
Woodinville (23-3), which used a 16-3 run in the second quarter to take control, plays No. 5 Jackson at 8 a.m. Saturday to decide fourth and sixth places.
Federal Way (22-6) showed the lingering effects of Thursday's last-second, one-point loss to Skyview.
"Woodinville's great," Federal Way coach Danny Graham said. "They're one of the best teams in the state. They took it to us today. Our girls ... tried as hard as they could to get up today, but that was tough."
The Eagles, who lost in last year's championship game to Lewis and Clark of Spokane, got 12 points from junior Raven Benton and 11 from senior Darah Huertas-Vining. This was their fourth straight trip to the Tacoma Dome. They placed third in 2009.
"We had a fantastic four-year run," Graham said.
Jackson 62, Eastlake 57 (loser out)
In case there's any doubt how good this Jackson team is, the Timberwolves now have some tangible proof with a trophy.
And unfortunately for Eastlake, an appearance in the Elite Eight will have to be symbol enough of the kind of season those Wolves enjoyed. They went home empty-handed despite Kendra Morrison's 31 points, and finished 15-11. Morrison hit 10 of 16 shots, including 6 of 8 three-point attempts.
Jackson coach Jeannie Boyer, in her 10th year, was happy to see her team lock up some hardware.
"This is one of the most talented, well-rounded teams we've had," she said. "To be able to bring home the trophies that ... give them the visible, tangible proof to everybody, besides us, that we work really hard and that we are one of the best teams in the state, is such a good feeling.
"I'm so proud for my kids to be able to have this memory of knowing that they accomplished something tremendous, especially with the competition that's here at the Dome this year."
Eastlake coach Sara Goldie expressed equal pride in her team, which got off to a hot start but couldn't recover from a disastrous second quarter.
"I don't think there's a team that plays their hearts out like my kids do," Goldie said. "They just do. We get the most that we can get out of them. They play with so much passion and so much heart. They love the game and they love each other."
Eastlake led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter, then watched Jackson open the second on a 19-point run, with 10 points coming from freshman Faithaleen Lopez-Flores. The Wolves made just 1 of 5 field-goal tries and committed 10 turnovers in the period.
Sophomores Sierra Anderson (18 points) and Kelli Kingma (16) paced Jackson (21-5).