I honestly don’t know where to start with the highlights from Wednesday night’s girls basketball games. There were some key contests in several conferences.
I’ll go with the featured WesCo 3A showdown that gave Scorecrest a share of the WesCo 3A title with Lynnwood and the No. 1 seed into the district tourney, based on the Scot’s two victories over the Royals. Shorecrest beat Everett, 58-51, to close out the regular season and nab the top spot.
Mind you, Lynnwood — which was idle Wednesday — is the co-champion, clinching that honor with Monday’s victory over Shorewood. I mentioned in Tuesday’s blog that Mokun Fajemisin had 24 points in that game, but what I didn’t know at the time is that the performance put her over 1,000 points in her prep career. She has 1,001 points — and just’s just a junior.
Shorecrest, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, bolted to a 16-5 lead over Everett thanks largely to a trio of three-pointers from Janie Uppinghouse. She wound up with five treys on the night and 22 points. Brianne Lasconia also scored 22 and grabbed 11 rebounds as well. Everett had three players reach double figures — Aliyah Davis (13), Emily Liger (12) and Jody Barhanovich (10).
Here are highlights from some other Wednesday games, starting with two more WesCo 3A bouts:
Meadowdale 63, Shorewood 32
Seven players contributed five points or more for the Mavs, led by Julianne Kossian (12) and Margreet Barhoum (11). Shorewood’s Lisa Echert topped all scorers with 14.
Glacier Peak 56, Oak Harbor 23
The Grizzlies broke out to a 39-9 hafltime lead and cruised from there with 10 players finding the scoring list (none with more than nine). Oak Harbor’s Clarissa Abadesco finished with a game-high 12.
Holy Names 49, Seattle Prep 45
The top-ranked Cougars (19-0), who trailed 14-8 after one quarter, moved closer to an unbeaten regular season with the Metro Mountain victory. Their big three — Claire Conricode (18), Erika Johnson (14) and Sophie Reichelt (10) — set the pace. Reichelt returned after sitting out last Friday’s game to rest a sore knee. Prep’s Kari Luttinen poured in 23 points, while Michaela Carew had 10.
Cleveland 72, Franklin 60
Welcome back Calah Scott! She suffered a concussion back in the second game of the season and only recently returned to the lineup. She played sparingly in three lopsided victories last week, then went off for 19 points in this one. The fourth-ranked Eagles had three others in double digits, too — Makayla Roper (17), Cheyenne Wilson (14) and Myzhanique Ladd (12). For Franklin, Qiara Norwood and Patrice Toston scored 14 apiece.
Lakeside 51, Bishop Blanchet 39
Jade Blake-Whitney (13) and Danielle Estell (12) set the tone for the Lions, while Blanchet was led by Micah Lussier (12).
Nathan Hale 58, Ingraham 28
The Raiders opened with a 12-0 first quarter and got a game-high 20 points from Gabby Evans. Shawna Ferguson-Hill added 11. Ingraham’s Nimco Khalif scored 10.
Bainbridge 56, Rainier Beach 28
Grace Kenyon tossed in 15 points and Wesley Nottingham had 13 to spark the Spartans.
Issaquah 56, Skyline 44
Coach Kathy Gibson called this the No. 8 Eagles’ best overall outing since losing star guard Blaire Brady to a season-ending knee injury — and it clinches at least a share of the KingCo 4A Crest Division title with one game remaining. The trio of Mackenzie Schiltz (16), Maddey Pflaumer (15) and Sabrina Norton (10) spearheaded the victory. Skyline, wich had won four in a row, got matching 10s from Megan Wiedeman and Allie Wyszynski.
Newport 60, Redmond 40
A 25-7 first quarter propelled the Knights, who got 12 points from Marikah Wright and five or more from six others. Redmond’s Stacey Kimball also had 12.
Woodinville 65, Roosevelt 47
Melissa Gilkey made sure the Falcons extened their win streak to seven games and avenged their last loss — even though they were without one of their top players, 6-foot 1 Ali Forde (resting a sore knee). Gilkey celebrated senior night with 28 points (9-of-12 field goales, 10-of-14 free throws), 16 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Junior Deidre Miller, who missed the past two seasons with ACL injuries, continued her recent surge with 16 points, including four three-pointers in eight attempts. She also had four steals. Miller is averaging 15 points over the last four games (hitting 14-of-27 treys). Roosevelt’s Jessica Gahan and Catherine Killian put up 11 points each.
Garfield 54, Ballard 42
Nyasha Sarju, KingCo 4A’s leading scorer, led a trio of Bulldogs in double digits with 16. Cora McManus and Alicia Williams followed with 13 each. Ballard’s Elena DeWeese also hit for 13.
Inglemoor 49, Bothell 40
Kelly Conroy (17) and Taylor Peacocke (13) led the way for the Vikings, while Bothell’s top point producers was Kareena Dahl (15).
Liberty 34, Lake Washington 30
The Patriots used a 19-9 second half to take sole possession of third place in KingCo 3A/2A as Aspen Winegar scored 11 and halie Ericksen 10.
Foster 66, Hazen 57
I was interested to see how the scoring duel would go between Hazen’s Arishay Rogers and Foster’s Sahara Hill. Turns out it was a push as both piled up 28 points in the Seamount League showdown. The difference was the 21 from Foster’s Shantell Jackson, plus Chris Balansang added 10. Hazen’s only other player in double figures — Michelle Wnek (16).
Tyee 45, Highline 42 (OT)
Arneshia Smith (17) and Kelly Marlow (16) combined for the bulk of Tyee’s points. Highline got 15 from Darshell Walker and 11 from Marisa Munoz.
King’s 60, Granite Falls 46
The Knights rolled out to a 55-25 lead through three quarters and survived the comeback attempt in the Cascade Conference game. Joclyn Kirton and Karlie Storkson put up 14 apiece. Granite Falls got 15 from Rhiannon Alexander and 10 each from Jamie Alexander and Breanna White.
Archbishop Murphy 53, South Whidbey 32
Beth Carlson (13) and Kelsy Rasmussen (12) paced the Wildcats, while South Whidbey’s Hayley Newman finished with a game-high 16.
Cedarcrest 54, Sultan 44
Kailyn Campbell led four Cedarcrest players in double figures with 14 and was followed by Susan Kenney (11), Kendall Kramer (11) and Sarah Stauffer (10). Sultan’s Brandi Johnson scored 14.
Lakewood 46, Coupeville 37
Kaylee Diggs (16), Kayley Mizell (11) and Jordan Wessell (10) keyed the victory.
Bellevue Christian 64, Forest Ridge 15
Alina Valle earned scoring honors in the Emerald City game with 13, but just barely as teammate Lauren Mortier had 12. Maren Haines chipped in 10.
Bush 43, Seattle Academy 42
Both teams had two players in double figures. For Bush it was Melissa Daniels (14) and Elise Wilcox (13). Seattle Academy’s pair was Campbell Reynolds (13) and Lindsay Pickering (10).
Tacoma Baptist 57, Chief Leschi 7
Jordyn Wintersole (15) and Alyssa Wolf (11) were the standouts in the Sea-Tac 2B outing.