Junior Taya Corosdale scored 17 points, had six rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals as fifth-ranked Bothell built a 19-point second-half lead before a slow finish yielded a 45-37 decision over Curtis on Friday night in a regional playoff game at Bellevue College.

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BELLEVUE – So much for fantastic finishes for the Bothell High School girls basketball team.

The Cougars hopefully saved that for next week’s Class 4A state tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

Junior Taya Corosdale scored 17 points, had six rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals as fifth-ranked Bothell built a 19-point second-half lead before a slow finish yielded a 45-37 decision over Curtis on Friday night in a regional playoff game at Bellevue College.

Last season, the Cougars ventured to 4A state and exited quickly by dropping two games, including a state opener to eventual champion Gonzaga Prep 54-29. Next week, they hope to erase that bad taste.

“Unfortunately, we were paired up with Gonzaga Prep first round and they won it last year, so we got a hard pick into it and we didn’t do very well cause we were a little nervous,” Bothell senior point guard Erin Burns said. “It was the first time in a long time that Bothell’s been to the Tacoma Dome. So hopefully, this year, we’ll have the hang of it already and not have the nerves we did last year.”

It looked like the Cougars (23-1) would cruise to an easy victory once they built a 38-19 lead after a 13-2 burst late in the third quarter, but missed shots and turnovers came more frequently. That let Curtis (19-8) get the confidence it needed to go on a late 16-3 run and close within 41-35 on a power layin by CeDrice Howard with 3:05 left in the game.

“We just didn’t play our game,” said Burns, who had six points. “We were really rushed. They have really good defense and we kept rushing ourselves and not playing calm and collected like we usually play. Props to Curtis for [having] a really good defense.”

It wasn’t pretty, but ultimately, Bothell won its 12th game in a row since suffering its only loss of the season on Jan. 6, a 54-50 decision to Issaquah. The win pushed the program into the state quarterfinals for the second time since 2007 and gave it just the second state berth in the last 10 seasons.

“We went last year and lost two games there and our girls thought they were better than they were,” Bothell coach Kent Schaefer said.

“This year, they’ve been a lot more focused and determined, knowing what it takes and what those teams are like. They’ve wanted to get there, but we focused on one goal at a time.