Senior wing Shelby Cansler led the Wolverines’ offensive fireworks with 26 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists as they passed their biggest KingCo 3A/2A test with a decisive 78-56 triumph over seventh-ranked Mercer Island on Wednesday night.

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BELLEVUE – The transfer of Anna Wilson from Virginia to Bellevue High School has brought more talent to an already loaded Wolverines girls basketball team.

And with Wilson’s addition, it has brought many sightings of her brother, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback. In turn, there are more seats filling up this season in the Wolverines’ gymnasium.

Fans are getting to see Class 3A No. 1 Bellevue fill up the hoop with regularity as well.

Senior wing Shelby Cansler led the Wolverines’ offensive fireworks with 26 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists as they passed their biggest KingCo 3A/2A test with a decisive 78-56 triumph over seventh-ranked Mercer Island on Wednesday night.

“We try to be an aggressive team and cause chaos,” said Bellevue coach Leah Krautter. “That’s our go-to. One of the things we were frustrated with in the first half, and the pressure wasn’t quite what we wanted. So, we tried to turn that up a little bit.”

Krautter was pleased with her team’s effort, but felt her team can afford to make some improvements. The one constant was the 6-foot-1 Cansler, who ran the floor well.

Bellevue (13-0 overall, 6-0 league) entertained the home fans, frustrated another opponent and another opposing coach. The Wolverines broke open a nine-point game with a 15-2 surge that finished late in the third quarter and put them ahead 59-37.

Wilson, who committed to play for Stanford prior to her sophomore year, transferred to Bellevue for her senior season from Collegiate School in Richmond, Va. There, she averaged 13.1 points, 4.9 assists, 4.4 steals and 3.7 rebounds last season for the Collegiate Cougars.

With her brother, Russell, watching just three rows up by the scorer’s table, Wilson finished with 11 points, four assists and two steals.

“It’s been a lot of fun, and I was able to transition to a really great school with really great academics, but also a really family-oriented team,” Wilson said. “That’s been the best part about it, getting to know my teammates. I’ve been really blessed.”

Mercer Island (11-1, 5-1) stayed within striking distance until Bellevue used full-court defensive pressure to turn turnovers into fastbreak points midway through the third quarter.

The Islanders were without second-leading scorer Jessica Blakeslee (16.4 points per game), who was still nursing a sprained ankle, for the third game in a row.

“We knew it was going to be the biggest test we’ve had yet in general,” MI first-year coach Gillian d’Hondt said. “We knew a couple players would go off, but we can’t let the rest of them do that. We showed for a while that we could hang with them.”

Junior center Anna Luce led the Islanders with 20 points and Taylor Krause added 10.

Wilson has helped elevate the Bellevue program into elite status. The Wolverines are ranked No. 15 in the MaxPreps national rankings and No. 18 in the MaxPreps Xcellent25 writers’ poll.

Wilson has taken her game to a new level with Bellevue, leading the Wolverines prior to Wednesday with 17.8 points per game, 4.7 assists, 3.8 steals and 4.0 rebounds.