Bothell held on against a tough Bellevue defense to come out on top 70-58 in the Juanita tournament.
4A No. 8 Bothell kept its undefeated status (8-0, 5-0), and Bothell coach Kent Schaefer said the win was big, especially since it came against a bigger, older team.
“We played a more experienced team. It’s big for us to hang in and fight until the end and win close games,” Schaefer said.
After a first quarter blow-out where Bothell outscored 3A No. 3 Bellevue 21-10, Bellevue (5-2, 4-0) closed the gap in the second quarter with 16 consecutive points.
“We’re usually a pressing team,” said Bellevue coach Leah Krautter. “Bothell’s pretty quick, so it kind of took us away from our press. We had to play a little half court.”
That up-tempo style gave Bellevue the edge for the rest of the game with Bellevue pulling ahead just one other time in the third quarter.
Bellevue plays strong defensive game, with hefty blocks from tall and long players – three of its starters are at least 6-foot. But Bellevue was unable to generate as many points from its defense as it has before this season. However, the Wolverine defense was able to hold back Bothell’s lead scorer Taya Corosdale, who has been scoring about 20 per game, to just 13 points.
“It was tough, but we pulled it through,” said guard Keyonna Jones of the Bellevue defense. “Maybe they would have got an extra elbow in there, but we still kept our poise.”
Instead, the Cougars focused on their outside game, hitting ten threes, five of which came from guard Erin Burns. Jones led the team with 20 points.