The unranked Rebels closed the fourth quarter on an 11-3 burst before outscoring the seventh-ranked Wolverines 12-4 in overtime.
BELLEVUE — “Basketball,” Juanita girls coach Sam Lee said Friday night, “at all levels, is a game of runs.”
That truism was confirmed repeatedly by whipsaw momentum shifts witnessed during Juanita’s 68-60 overtime win over seventh-ranked, previously unbeaten Bellevue.
The Rebels led 17-6 after one quarter, trailed 37-36 after three quarters, then went up by three with six minutes remaining in the KingCo 3A/2A game.
Less than three minutes later they were down 53-45, but closed the fourth quarter on an 11-3 burst before outscoring Bellevue 12-4 in overtime.
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“I told them the key to this game was to go out and have some fun, laugh, smile and enjoy it,” Lee said. “But when we got down we started to revert to ‘Oh, woe is me,’ and I called time out.
“I said, ‘What got you here was playing hard and having a good time. So go out there and do it again.’ We hit a couple of shots and it was our turn. We had a nice run when it mattered in overtime.”
Juanita (6-2, 5-0 league) scored the first seven points in overtime, but the Wolverines (7-1, 4-1) narrowed the gap to 63-60 on a three-pointer by Kate Holmes and free throw by Tatiana Streun. The Rebels closed it out with a free throw by Jaisa Nunn, two more by Breanna Carter and late bucket in the paint by the 5-foot-8 Carter.
Nunn led Juanita with 15 points. Tayler Lloyd scored 12 and Carter and Jade Finau each finished with 10.
Freshman forward Shelby Cansler led the Wolverines with 26 points, four times turning steals into fast-break layups. Mandy Steward finished with 13 points and Streun had 12.
Bellevue, with no seniors on its roster, struggled to solve Juanita’s 2-3 zone, missing its first nine three-point attempts.
“It’s the first time we’ve played zone all year,” Lee said.
At the free-throw line, the Wolverines sank just 13 of 26. They had chance to win the game in regulation but missed two free throws with 1.2 seconds on the clock.
“That was the game,” Bellevue coach Leah Krautter said of missed free throws. “We’ve got to figure it out. Some of the teams we’ve played we’ve been blowing out, so we don’t always see situations where we’ve got to make clutch free throws.”