Neither a case of the flu nor a layer of rust did much to slow Malia O'Neal and the top-ranked Garfield girls basketball team last night in the final game of the Washington vs...
Neither a case of the flu nor a layer of rust did much to slow Malia O’Neal and the top-ranked Garfield girls basketball team last night in the final game of the Washington vs. Oregon Challenge.
O’Neal, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, posted a quadruple-double and the Bulldogs overcame a cold-shooting first half to romp to a 92-29 win over Jefferson High of Portland, Ore., at Garfield High.
O’Neal finished with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 steals for the Bulldogs (3-0), who in their first game in 11 days capped a sweep of three games between Seattle-area teams and their Portland Interscholastic League counterparts.
“Malia’s our general, period,” said Garfield coach Joyce Walker, who worked the bench while under the influence of a flu virus that sidelined junior standout Samantha Tinned. “I think our general will always give us everything she has.”
A fourth game, between Garfield and Lakes of Tacoma earlier in the day, was postponed and rescheduled for Jan. 10 at Lakes.
Garfield (3-0) made just three of its first 13 shots and started the second quarter 1 for 10.
Thanks to a suffocating defense that helped force 29 Jefferson turnovers in the half, the Bulldogs still led 39-19 at intermission. But they weren’t necessarily happy about the margin.
“We were getting good shots, but they just weren’t falling,” said O’Neal, who made six of seven three-pointers. “Coach Walker challenged us to bring our ‘A’ game in the second half. I think we delivered.”
Garfield outscored Jefferson (4-6) 28-0 in the third quarter while playing turnover-free. That was part of a 40-0 run. .
Vivian Frieson added 14 points for Garfield, and LaCale Pringle had 12 points and eight steals.
Lincoln (Tacoma) 85, Benson Tech (Portland) 35
Junior guard Vanessa Baines scored 29 points as Lincoln of Tacoma wrapped up an impressive two-day challenge showing.
On Monday, Lincoln won 73-40 over Jefferson of Portland. Brea Douglas scored nine to lead Benson (4-5).
Franklin (Seattle) 67, Franklin (Portland) 57
Tied 41-41 through three quarters, Franklin of Seattle opened the fourth period with a 12-0 run to take control. Sophomore guard Shayneya Valdez scored eight straight points in the outburst and finished with a game-high 20.
Seattle’s Quakers (3-2) finished with two wins in as many challenge games. Franklin of Portland (6-4), which on Monday collected the only win by an Oregon team in the tourney, was led by 17 points from Joyce Oniah.