TACOMA – Seattle Prep sophomore shooter Jack Stewart is no longer a secret. He’s even getting a little of the treatment usually reserved for Prep leading scorer D.J. Fenner.
“Matter of fact, when we went to Shadle Park last week they face-guarded him,” Prep coach Mike Kelly said. “They let D.J. catch, but they face-guarded Jack, so we joke about that with him.”
Stewart showed why teams don’t want him touching the ball in space by knocking down five three-pointers and scoring 15 points in Prep’s 56-52 win against Timberline in a Class 3A consolation game. He had 12 of those points after halftime and three of his three-pointers broke ties.
The Panthers needed it all as Timberline kept nipping at their heels. The two teams were tied at 26 at halftime, and it was back-and-forth the rest of the way. After Timberline star Donaven Dorsey’s two free throws cut Prep’s lead to three with 2:30 left, Stewart answered with a three 20 seconds later.
“Today is a really hard day to play when you lose,” Kelly said. “It’s hard to regroup and recharge, and in the first half we had energy that reflected that.”
Fenner, who entered averaging 28 points, also helped extend Prep’s season. He wasn’t as efficient as he was down the stretch of the season – he made just 9 of his 26 shots – but Fenner kept attacking the basket and made enough big plays to keep Prep in front.
He finished with 26 points, two more than he had in a loss to Rainier Beach in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Dorsey, a junior with multiple Division-I offers, scored 21 points on 6 of 15 shooting.
Prep will play the winner of No. 6 Mountlake Terrace and No. 9 University at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in the fourth-place game.
“Every coach in the state will tell you to play on Saturday on the very last day that winter sports are eligible is a huge deal,” Kelly said.
And now Prep gets to do that for the second straight year.