Lake Washington executes down stretch, eliminates Spartans

Girls Basketball: Kangaroos clinch berth at Class 2A state tournament in Yakima

of the HeraldMarch 5, 2014 

Sumner defenders swarm Lake Washington sophomore forward Hanna Brender in the paint during the first half of Friday night’s 51-44 Kangaroos victory against the Spartans in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

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The Lake Washington Kangaroos beat Sumner’s pressure Friday night and erased a one-point halftime deficit to beat the Spartans 51-44 in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at Puyallup High School.

Sumner (23-4) saw its memorable season come to an abrupt halt when Lake Washington (13-12) started to make pinpoint passes to create scoring opportunities out of the Spartans’ trapping defensive style. The Kangaroos advanced to play in the Class 2A state tournament at the Yakima SunDome.

“I came down and watched them play White River, and they sat in that trap the whole game,” Lake Washington head coach Cory Shepard said. “I thought, ‘If they’re doing that to White River, and they have seen them four times this year, then that’s probably something they do all the time.’ We spent a lot of time working on breaking that pressure at practice. Their trap really didn’t hurt us tonight. We got good shots out of it.”

The Kangaroos got their first lead at 23-21 on a Carly Rataushk layup with 6:18 left in the third quarter, and they never trailed again.

Junior center Jamie Lange finished with a team-high 14 points for Sumner, which scored 13 of its 25 second-half points from the free-throw line. But the Spartans made just six field goals after halftime.

“She played a whale of a game and kept them in the game,” Shepard said of Lange.

Shepard said post Sydney Shepard made four or five great plays late in the contest to put the game away. She scored seven of her 12 points in the final six minutes for Lake Washington.

“Sydney carried us down the stretch,” Shepard said.

Sumner head coach Shane Patrick was proud of his team for winning 23 games.

“We had a great season,” he said. “We played hard all year long and overcame a lot of adversity.”

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