Until Wednesday night, the King's girls basketball team wasn't making too much of its early-season success. First, the Class 2A high school from Shoreline made a splash by blowing...
Until Wednesday night, the King’s girls basketball team wasn’t making too much of its early-season success.
First, the Class 2A high school from Shoreline made a splash by blowing out 4A Bothell on Dec. 6. Two nights later, another 4A school, Port Angeles, fell to the Knights by 29 points.
Even after a third consecutive one-sided win over a big school (Class 3A Mount Rainier), the Knights were unsure how good they really were.
“We still have Kennedy. That’ll tell us a lot more about where we are as a team,” said King’s coach Eric Rasmussen after Monday’s win over Mount Rainier. “That should be a good test for us, so we’ll see.”
Turns out it was a test they passed with ease, beating the Lancers, ranked fifth in Class 3A, 69-40. Now there’s no doubting that the Knights, a 1A school before this season, are for real.
“That was really exciting for us because we’ve been looking forward to playing them for three weeks,” said senior forward Hayley Zevenbergen, one of five starters back from last year’s fourth-place 1A state-tournament team. “After each game we’d say, ‘We did good, but we still have Kennedy to play.’ “
Leading the early season charge for the Knights (5-0) is Sara Mosiman. The 5-foot-9 junior guard averages 18 points after a 25-point, 10-rebound, eight-steal effort Wednesday.
A three-sport star, Mosiman also excels in volleyball and won the 1A javelin state championship last spring. She has received recruiting interest from Notre Dame, Duke, LSU, Washington and Washington State for track and field, and from Arizona State, Santa Clara and Pepperdine for basketball.
“I’m a little surprised,” said Mosiman of her team’s hot start. “We just moved up to 2A and we scheduled what we thought was a really competitive nonleague schedule. I have a lot of confidence in this team, though, so I know we can beat good teams.”
The Knights open Cascade Conference play tonight, hosting Sultan at 5:15. They’ll face tough competition when they travel to San Diego for the Surf and Slam Tournament Dec. 27-30.
Last night’s girls games
Archbishop Murphy 70, Spectrum (Victoria, B.C.) 57
Krista Eknes and Ashley Reinig scored 17 points apiece and Alex Zitnik had 15 as the Wildcats (6-0) stayed unbeaten with a win in the Can-Am Santa Slam in Victoria, B.C.
Evergreen Lutheran 58, at Christian Faith 42
Ashley Poetter had 17 points and Rachel Hansen 16 for Evergreen Lutheran (3-1) in a nonleague win.
Bear Creek 49, at Northwest Yeshiva 37
Bear Creek raced to a 17-3 first-quarter lead and Kimi Pohlman scored 19 points for the Grizzlies (3-2) in a nonleague win. Daniella Barber led Northwest Yeshiva (3-3) with 16 points.
Last night’s boys games
At Washington 57, Lakes 54
Washington let a 10-point lead dwindle to one with 50 seconds left before holding on for a Seamount League Pierce Division victory over Lakes (1-7, 0-3). Paul Abel of the Patriots (2-5, 1-1) scored 20 points.
Vashon Island 72, Stelly’s (B.C.) 58
In a tournament in Atascadero, Calif., sophomore guard Shane Davis got 19 of his 23 points in the second half and had four rebounds and four assists for the Pirates (3-1). Clay Gleb added 14 points and 15 rebounds for Vashon.
At Spectrum (Victoria, B.C.) 62, Archbishop Murphy 61 (OT)
In Victoria, B.C., Raja Banga’s basket with 12 seconds left in overtime gave the Victoria school a victory in the Can-Am Santa Slam Tournament. Senior center Chris Mitchell of Archbishop Murphy had only five points at halftime, but finished with 26 points on 12-of-22 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.
At Christian Faith 55, Evergreen Lutheran 54
Junior forward Darwitt Kindane hit the winning basket with three seconds left to give Christian Faith (3-2) a nonleague victory. Philip Holter of Evergreen Lutheran (2-3) had 19 points to lead all scorers. Karamveer Tiwana scored 18 for Christian Faith.