BELLEVUE – Girls basketball banners are scarce at Eastlake High School.
The Wolves’ lone KingCo 4A championship came in 1996, when now-coach Sara Goldie was a junior guard on a team that went on to finish fifth at state.
This year’s team wants another one, for starters.
“From the beginning of the season, we’ve always been saying, ‘state or bust,’ that’s our goal, because we have eight seniors on our team,” Maggie Douglas said.
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The eighth-ranked Wolves stayed on track Wednesday night with a 42-36 victory over Newport in a battle between division leaders. At 10-1 in the Crest Division (14-2 overall), they maintained a game lead over No. 7 Inglemoor.
Newport, which also has just one girls basketball banner in the gym, dated 1989, still sits atop the Crown Division at 8-2 and is 10-5 overall.
The Knights trailed by 15 early in the final quarter before putting together a 15-2 run once 6-foot-4 Casey Schoenlein returned to the floor after sitting out with four fouls. Just her presence made a difference for Newport. She scored just seven points, but had 13 rebounds, three blocks and three assists.
Schoenlein and Eastlake’s 6-4 Marijke Vanderschaaf more or less X’d each other out. Vanderschaaf had just five points, matching her season low, and 11 rebounds.
The 5-9 Douglas was the difference as she poured in 16 points, matching her season best, hitting an assortment of shots inside and out.
Douglas’ final two points came at the free-throw line with 33.2 seconds left, stretching Eastlake’s lead to 40-36. She also had a key offensive rebound after a missed free throw with 12 seconds to go.
“She was huge,” Goldie said.
Ellie Woerner added 11 points as the Wolves were held to their lowest point total of the season.
Chiara Victor led the Knights with 11 points.