Ali Forde had a big game as No. 3 Woodinville survived an Emerald Ridge comeback to win 59-47, and Eastlake drained 11 three-pointers in a 75-35 romp.
KIRKLAND — Emerald Ridge sharpshooter Taylor Buie exploded for 24 of her 27 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Woodinville held on for a 59-47 victory in a Class 4A girls basketball regional contest at Juanita High School Saturday night.
Third-ranked Woodinville (22-2) will play for the second straight year in the state tournament, which begins Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
The Falcons led 50-30 and needed nearly every bit of the advantage.
Emerald Ridge had cut the lead to 50-38 with 2:39 to play when Falcons forward Ali Forde fouled out with 12 points, 18 rebounds and eight blocks. Forde had dominated the game physically, and her absence allowed Buie to shine late in the game. The SPSL South co-player of the year buried shot after shot to pull the Jaguars to within 53-46 with 56 seconds to play.
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“I think we all felt pretty good with that lead, including myself,” said Woodinville coach Scott Bullock. “But Taylor hits a three and Ali fouls out, then Taylor hits another three and they’re right back in it.”
Free throws sealed the deal for the Falcons, who went 9 of 12 from the stripe in the final moments. Deidra Miller added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Woodinville, while Mackenzie Campbell had 13 points.
“We didn’t play our best game tonight, so it’s kind of bittersweet,” Bullock said. “But it’s a win, and we’re excited to be going back (to state).”
Falcons senior Alexis McLeod was more upbeat about the team’s return to the Tacoma Dome.
“I’m not going to sleep tonight,” she said with a smile.
For Emerald Ridge (19-6), the season ended one game shy of the school’s first trip to Tacoma. Buie, who averaged more than 25 points this season, made the most of her final game.
“There’s not a lot of kids like Taylor,” Jaguars coach GC Hillburn said. “She’s an unbelievable leader and is everything a coach wants in a player.”
Eastlake 75, Rogers 35
Eastlake hit four three-pointers in the first quarter and torched Rogers for 11 long balls in a blowout victory. The Wolves (15-9) advance to the quarterfinals Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
“They played like it was their last chance,” said Eastlake coach Sara Goldie, who was a guard on the Wolves’ first state-tournament team in 1996. “They played carefree and with a sense of urgency.”
Bella Zennan and Caleigh McCabe led Eastlake with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Jordan Asher scored 10 points to pace Rogers (13-12).