The code word was "bingo" and the secret message was to simply calm down. Sarah Toeaina called bingo several times during regulation and...
MILL CREEK — The code word was “bingo” and the secret message was to simply calm down.
Sarah Toeaina called bingo several times during regulation and two wrenching overtimes and it was instrumental during Kentwood’s 61-60 double-overtime upset win over third-ranked Lynnwood Friday night in a winner-to-state, loser-out regional playoff game.
Toeaina scored 13 points, including all seven of her team’s points in the first overtime. She said it was just the first word that popped into her head as they prepared to handle Lynnwood’s pressure defense.
“I had to use it quite a bit,” she said with a grin after her three clutch free throws extended the game to double overtime. “We’re good in these type of situations, but we tend to get going too fast. That helped slow us down. It really calmed us down.”
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Despite her bingo call, Toeainia admitted she still felt the pressure in a game that featured 15 lead changes.
“I was shaking, but it was fun,” Toeainia said. “Everything we have worked for is paying off.”
In a game with many turning points, the final one came with Lynnwood leading 58-57 with 1:18 left in the second overtime. Kentwood guard Ashley Rolsma drove into the lane and had her shot blocked, but a foul was called.
“It changed the whole momentum of the game, in my opinion,” Lynnwood coach Everett Edwards said. “To foul out Linda Wilson on a call I vehemently disagree and then not get a call seconds later, that was the difference.
“That being said, Kentwood made the plays and you can’t take any credit away from them. They played very well.”
Rolsma made both free throws and Jenny Johnson added two more as Kentwood (19-6) held on to win.
Lynnwood (22-2) forced Kentwood into 28 turnovers, but Conks coach Lisa Ashley said that didn’t matter.
“I thought we handled their pressure very well,” she said. “They’re a very good team and we were able to just slow down and take that deep breath. In our shootaround, we were able to come up with a word to settle down.”
Jasmin Edwards led Lynnwood with 23 points.
Bellarmine Prep 42
Fifth-ranked Inglemoor (21-2) used its full-court press to pull away from Bellarmine Prep (18-7) and earn a trip to the state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. The Vikings capitalized on 30 Bellarmine Prep turnovers.
Kelly Conroy and Deja Strother both had 20 points for Inglemoor.