Cameron Tyson wasn’t going to be denied, even by another big effort from Tony Miller. Tyson scored 25 points in the second half, the last two deciding free throws with with 10.3 seconds left as the Cougars earned a season split against rival Woodinville with a 73-71 victory.

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BOTHELL – Cameron Tyson wasn’t going to be denied, even by another big effort from Tony Miller.

Tyson scored 25 points in the second half, the last two deciding free throws with with 10.3 seconds to play as the host Cougars earned a season split against rival Woodinville with a 73-71 Kingco 4A victory.

“I was just trying to do whatever to get my team the win,” said Tyson, whose 17 third-quarter points led to a team-high 36 overall.

Tyson’s big third quarter was offset, to an extent, by Miller, who scored 12 in the quarter on his way to a game-high 42 points and 13 rebounds. But it was the Cougars (11-5, 9-4 KingCo) who extended a one-point halftime lead to six, 56-50, heading into the final eight minutes.

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Bothell then opened the fourth quarter by scoring the first five and suddenly the lead was 11, 61-50. Miller and the Falcons (12-3, 9-3) weren’t going away, though.

Miller scored 14 in the final quarter.

In making the second of two free throws with 12 seconds to go, he hit the 40-point mark for the game and pulled Woodinville as close it had been since halftime at 71-69.

But just two seconds later, forced to foul, the Falcons put Tyson at the line. The 6-foot-2 sophomore stepped up and made both to render Miller’s final dunk with four seconds to go moot.

“That’s a really big win,” Bothell coach Ron Bollinger said. “They’re probably not going to stumble again down the stretch. We needed that to secure our position in third place.”

Bothell and Woodinville split the season series for the third year in a row. Both have nine KingCo victories, but the Falcons have one less loss (they have one more league game left than the Cougars) and they hold the tiebreaker over Bothell thanks to a victory against KingCo-leading Issaquah.

Kingco 4A girls

Bothell 59, Woodinville 55

The Kingco 4A-leading Cougars (16-1 overall, 12-1 Kingco) completed the season sweep of the Falcons (13-4, 8-4), who began the night tied with Inglemoor for second place. Bothell used a 9-0 run in the middle of the third quarter to turn a one-point deficit, 39-38, into a 47-39 lead with 2:11 left in the quarter.

Woodinville got as close as two, 57-55, on Gabby Whalen’s layup with 1:51 to play. But the Falcons turned the ball over on their next three possessions. Despite missing seven of their final 12 free throws, the Cougars maintained the lead.

Keyonna Jones led all scorers for Bothell with 21 points. Taya Corosdale added 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Emily Spencer scored 14 of her team-leading 17 points in the first half for Woodinville.