Plan A has been very good to the Snohomish girls basketball team. When the going got tough in the first round of the Oh Boy! Oberto Classic last night, the Panthers made Plan B...
REDMOND — Plan A has been very good to the Snohomish girls basketball team. When the going got tough in the first round of the Oh Boy! Oberto Classic last night, the Panthers made Plan B work just as well.
Snohomish, ranked seventh among Class 4A teams, raced to a deceptive 68-40 win over 3A Issaquah by outscoring the Eagles 30-9 in the fourth quarter at Redmond High.
Snohomish will play in today’s 6:30 p.m. championship final at Edmundson Pavilion against Redmond.
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It was the sixth straight win for the Panthers (6-1), who had defeated their previous five foes by an average score of 72-29. Against Issaquah (5-4), they found themselves clinging to a 33-29 lead midway through the third quarter.
“We have one offense where the girls have a lot of freedom, and one offense where they have no freedom,” Snohomish coach Ken Roberts said. “They haven’t had to run an offense with more than two or three passes the last few games, but Issaquah did a great job out there.
“At halftime, I had to make them run the offense with the set plays.”
Sophomore Amanda Best scored 17 points and 6-foot-1 senior post Sydney Benson had 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Panthers. Fellow senior Emily Cassidy added 14 points and nine rebounds, helping Snohomish to a 47-27 advantage on the boards.
“The second half is when we usually pull away from people,” said Cassidy, whose team was sixth in the Class 4A state tournament last season. “That’s supposed to be the (Snohomish) team you see the whole game.”
Sophomore guard Amanda Harms scored 12 points and four steals for Issaquah, the only 3A entry in the four-team, two-day tournament.
The Eagles play at 2:30 p.m. at Edmundson Pavilion today against Gig Harbor in the third-place game.
Redmond 54, Gig Harbor 43
Erika Edwards scored 20 points to lead three players in double figures as the 10th-ranked Mustangs broke open a close game in the second half.
Colleen Betteridge added 12 points, and Mackenzie Flynn 10 for Redmond (4-2), which trailed 13-9 after one quarter and led just 23-22 at halftime.
Holly Rubert scored 16 points to lead Gig Harbor (4-2), which was denied a second straight berth in the Oh Boy! Oberto title game. The Tides placed second last season.