Camariah King is undoubtedly the queen of the court for the 10th-ranked Holy Names girls basketball team.
King buried five three-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points as the Cougars rallied from five points down to beat host Seattle Prep 48-42 on Friday night in a Class 3A Metro League Mountain Division showdown.
King, one of two three-year starters for Holy Names along with Janessa Willie, ignited the Cougars (8-1 overall, 4-1 Mountain) with a trio of three-pointers in a third-quarter span of four minutes. She also finished with six assists.
“She’s our team captain, one of them, and really she’s the catalyst for whatever it is we’re going to do,” said Holy Names first-year coach Rhonda Smith.
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King hit a driving basket and two of her three-pointers to complete a 16-2 run that gave Holy Names a 39-30 lead late in the third quarter. All the while, the Panthers were scoreless during a stretch of 6:14 in the third.
It was Holy Names’ first win on Prep’s home floor sine the 2011-12 season.
“Getting this win was significant because of our rivalry with Prep,” said King. “I was just trying to go and trying to get my team a win.”
Mary Ann Santucci, who has committed to play basketball at Yale, scored 16 of her team-high 20 points in the first half for the Panthers (4-5 overall, 3-3 Mountain). The Cougars made things tougher defensively in the second half and got hot at the right time.
“Camariah was just nailing deep threes, and that’s hard to stop,” Santucci said.
The Cougars sewed up the victory as Willie hit 1 of 2 free throws with 3:45 left, Cici West hit 2 of 2 from the line with 2:49 showing and Willie added fastbreak layin off a pass from King with 2:13 remaining for the final margin.
Willie finished with 10 points for the Cougars.