Newport beat Eastlake 42-37 in overtime Thursday in a loser-out game at Juanita High.
KIRKLAND — The Newport girls basketball team kept its season alive by doing two things.
The first came at the free-throw line, where the Knights knocked down 6 of 8 free throws in overtime. And the second came in the turnover department, where the Knights struggled mightily in the first half but settled down late.
In doing both, Newport beat Eastlake 42-37 in overtime Thursday in a loser-out game at Juanita High. Newport will now play a crossover game against a team from WesCo 4A, and the winner of that game advances to regionals.
Newport jumped out to a quick start, leading 14-4 at the end of the first quarter. But the Knights struggled to take care of the ball — they committed 20 turnovers in the first half alone — and Eastlake rallied to take a lead as large as seven in the second half.
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But as the second half wore on, Newport buckled down. Abbi Gobel’s layup and free throw with 2:18 left in the game gave the Knights their first lead since the second quarter.
Eastlake junior Maggie Douglas’ two free throws with 1:18 left tied the game at 36, and neither team would score again in regulation.
In overtime, Gobel, Anna Crabtree and Kaitlin Sahlinger each knocked down two free throws.
Marikah Wright led Newport with 11 points, while Casey Schoenlein added seven points, 14 rebounds and 14 blocks, including three in overtime.
Ellie Woerner led Eastlake with 12 points.
Newport 65, Inglemoor 57
After Newport held off a late Inglemoor rally in a loser-out game Thursday, the Knights were able to feel a sense of relief — sort of. Two years ago, Newport coach Steve Haizlip and his team lost a loser-out, winner-to-regional game against Arlington that ended the Knights season. By beating Inglemoor, Haizlip’s group is right back in the same position: The Knights play the winner of a WesCo 4A game featuring Mount Vernon and Edmonds-Woodway on Tuesday.
The winner advances to regionals.
“Their goal has always been to go to state,” Haizlip said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re almost there.”
Newport led throughout the game, and the Knights extended that lead to double digits in the third quarter.
Newport pounded Inglemoor inside, relying on Calvin Throckmorton (19 points) and Isaac Dotson (eight, 11 rebounds). Will Ferris also added 12 points for the Knights.
But Inglemoor rallied in the fourth quarter. The Vikings’ Chandler Edlin hit a three-pointer with 1:37 left that capped a 13-3 run and cut Newport’s lead to three. But Miles Fowler answered with two of his 11 points, and Ferris and Throckmorton each hit two free throws.
Chris Bryant led Inglemoor with 20 points.