The Riverhawks fought to within a point in the final minute, but the Falcons, behind 14 points from Regan Schenck, won the regional matchup 49-44. Lynnwood is back at state for a fourth straight year.
The adversity started to pile up, first with early foul trouble for the Woodinville High girls basketball team.
Then, Chiawana kept pushing and attacking, but the Falcons certainly bristled at the thought of ending a still-promising season.
Junior guard Regan Schenck made sure the Falcons got the job done, providing 14 points and four assists in a hard-fought 49-44 win over Chiawana of Pasco on Saturday in a Class 4A loser-out regional game at Bothell High School.
Woodinville (19-4) sputtered early and finally gained control of the game late. The Falcons opened a 45-38 lead with 3 minutes, 35 seconds left in the game and fended off a late Riverhawks rally that got them within 45-44 with 27.8 seconds to play.
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“This game, I thought we did a good job of keeping our head, and we were all very optimistic about the game and that we’re very good,” Schenck said. “We knew how important this game was to us, so we came out with a lot of energy. We just kept pushing through, knowing it was eventually going to go our way and it did.
“I felt like we all brought it, because we knew this was our last game if we lost.”
The Falcons stay alive to play Bellarmine Prep in a Class 4A state first-round game on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome.
Chiawana (19-7), down seven points with 2:53 remaining, scrapped within 45-44 on Macy Morales’ fadeaway shot after a baseline drive.
It was a battle of two young teams — both with just one senior — sure to play meaningful games in the future. Woodinville is back in the Tacoma Dome for state for the first time since 2012.
“They’re a little deceptive, because they’re not the biggest, most physical-looking team, but their girls play hard,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “I’ve got to give Chiawana a lot of credit. They have a couple of girls who go to the rim hard and they got us in trouble. They never quit.”
Kenedy Cartwright led Chiawana with 15 points. Macey Morales added 13 for the Riverhawks, who haven’t won a state or regional contest since 2011.
Lynnwood’s inside senior duo of 6-foot-1 Kelsey Rogers (22 points) and 5-11 Kaprice Boston (19) was too much for Mount Spokane as the Royals got back to the Tacoma Dome for the fourth season in a row with a 57-46 Class 3A regional win.
The loser-out game pitted the sixth-ranked Royals (20-4), third in state last season, against the eighth-ranked Wildcats (19-6), who were fifth.
“We told the girls that (Mount Spokane) can shoot themselves back into a game, regardless of how far down they are, and they did that,” Lynnwood first-year coach Brent Hudson said. “Mount Spokane is tough, and our game plan was effective and they just kept fighting through it and took advantage somehow of what we were going to give them.
“But I feel like this took the pressure off for Tacoma.”
Lynnwood moves on and gets a first-round, loser-out game against Gig Harbor (21-3) on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Tacoma Dome.
Mount Spokane sophomore Aspyn Adams, who led the Greater Spokane League in scoring at 18.0 points per game, finished with 13. Miahna Waters had 17.