The Snohomish girls basketball team hasn't solved its issue with slow starts. But the Panthers sure know how to finish. Seventh-ranked Snohomish erased a series of double-digit...

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The Snohomish girls basketball team hasn’t solved its issue with slow starts. But the Panthers sure know how to finish.



Seventh-ranked Snohomish erased a series of double-digit deficits to post a 50-49 win over 10th-ranked Redmond in the girls championship of the Oh Boy! Oberto Christmas Classic at Edmundson Pavilion.



The win was the seventh straight for the Panthers (7-1), who found themselves behind 17-5 barely five minutes into the game and trailed by 10 midway through the third quarter.



“We kind of tend to do that,” said Daesha Henderson, a junior guard who scored 12 points and added six rebounds for Snohomish. “It’s not a good habit, but, honestly, the whole time I was thinking, ‘We can do it.’ ”



The Panthers did it by holding Redmond (4-3) to just five points in the fourth quarter.



After chipping away at the Mustangs’ lead for most of the night, Snohomish went ahead for the first time when senior post Emily Cassidy scored the last of her game-high 19 points with 2:35 left.



Redmond had one last chance with an in-bound play under its basket with 1.6 seconds to go, but a 14-foot jumper by Colleen Betteridge caromed off the rim as the buzzer sounded.













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“I think we got a little tired in the fourth quarter,” Redmond coach Pat Bangasser said. “I called a couple of timeouts just to get them some rest.”



Mackenzie Flynn, who led the Mustangs with 15 points, and teammate Erika Edwards (12 points) both played all 32 minutes yesterday after going all the way in Wednesday’s win over Gig Harbor.



The freshest player on the floor may have been Henderson, who sat out much of the Panthers’ win over Issaquah on Wednesday with foul trouble.



Henderson, a junior guard, had enough energy left to carry coach Ken Roberts’ 6-year-old daughter, Annika, on her back while also toting the championship trophy in one hand.



“I was just thinking I’ve got to play hard but not be too aggressive,” said Henderson, who played every minute against Redmond.



Senior post Sydney Benson added 10 points for Snohomish.





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Issaquah 49, Gig Harbor 48 OT



Lauren Dascenzo’s driving layin at the end of regulation forced overtime and Issaquah (6-4) went 4 for 4 from the foul line in the extra period to stay one step in front of Gig Harbor (4-3) in the game for third and fourth places.



Dascenzo, a 5-8 senior, finished with 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Melissa Richardson added 12 points, and sophomore Amanda Harms had nine points and eight rebounds. Harms’ jumper with 2:43 left in overtime gave the Eagles the lead for good, 45-44.



Gig Harbor’s Jenette North and Nikki Scott each scored 11.



Times staff reporter Matt Peterson contributed to this report.