Garfield showed great balance with three players in double figures — Kyasha Sarju (15), DeAundreney Dillard-Brown (14) and Kiana Cheg (10). Sarju added 10 boards. Betsy Kingma led Newport with 14 points. The Knights shot just 28.6 percent from the field in the second half.
Back with some final stats when they get here. This was the most exciting girls game of the day thus far. The Bulldogs are so young (two freshmen and two sophomores start). We’ll be seeing more of them at state the next few years, I’m betting.
1:20 4th quarter — Garfield 52, Newport 45. Nyasha Sarju must have been listening. She just sank two free throws to stretch Garfield’s lead.
2:35 4th quarter — Garfield 48, Newport 44. Garfield has made just 2 of 6 free throws during the last 4 minutes, and that could hurt in the end.
5:14 4th quarter — Garfield 47, Newport 42. The Bulldogs have turned up the pressure, Newport is turning it over and momentum’s on Garfield’s side.
6:30 4th quarter — Newport 42, Garfield 42. A three-point play by Dillard-Brown pulls the Bulldogs even.
End of 3rd quarter — Newport 40, Garfield 39. A late 6-2 spurt keeps the Bulldogs close heading into the final eight minutes. The winner gets an impressive Snohomish squad.
2:52 3rd quarter — Newport 38, Garfield 33. Back and forth, back and forth. It was 33-all when Kingma hit two big shots, including another three. Time out Garfield.
5:00 3rd quarter — Newport 30, Garfield 29. Newport gets another three, this one from Nazlee Ghoreishi, but Garfield is hanging tough.
Girls halftime stats — The scoring is spread around for both teams. Kingma leads them all with seven. Garfield’s Cora McManus has a game-high seven rebounds.
Boys halftime update — Walla Walla 27, Beamer 21.
At the half — Newport 25, Garfield 22 . Kingma scores two buckets in the final minute to give Newport an edge at the break. Back with some halftime stats in a few.
2:00 2nd quarter — Newport 21, Garfield 19. Not much offense in the last three minutes, thanks to several turnovers and missed shots.
5:00 2nd quarter — Newport 19, Garfield 17. Another three-pointer by Cambronero has Newport back on top. After three earlier blowouts, it’s nice to see a tight game.
5:45 2nd quarter — Garfield 17, Newport 16. This one is as close as you’d expect from these two teams.
End of 1st — Garfield 15, Newport 14. DeAundreney Dillard-Brown has six of the Bulldogs’ first-quarter points.
1:08 1st quarter — Newport 14, Garfield 13. Back-to-back three-pointers by Chanel Cambronero and Betsy Kingma have Knights in the lead.
3:23 1st quarter — Garfield 11, Newport 8. These two KingCo 4A Crest Division teams are no strangers, meeting for the fourth time. Newport won the first two and Garfield the third.
5:30 1st quarter — Garfield jumped up 5-0 early, but Newport has cut it to 5-4.