Nikki Zuback’s steal and go-ahead layup propelled No. 5 Woodinville over KingCo 4A rival Eastlake 80-78 in the Class 4A state girls semifinals. The Falcons play Central Valley for the title.
TACOMA — Woodinville coach Scott Bullock couldn’t do anything but smirk and shake his head in disbelief as junior guard Katie Minnehan blurted out, “We have got to stop doing that.”
Those are the kind of reactions a team that’s won in overtime for the third game in a row tends to have.
Nikki Zaback’s steal and go-ahead layup propelled No. 5 Woodinville (22-4) over KingCo 4A rival Eastlake (23-2) 80-78 in the Class 4A state girls tournament semifinals on Friday at the Tacoma Dome.
“One of the words we write on our board every day before we play is ‘poise,’ ” Bullock said. “Our girls did show that today.”
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The Falcons beat Lewis and Clark 58-56 in overtime in their first-round game, then they downed defending state-champ Kentridge 55-54 on Madison Dubois’ game-winning three-pointer in the quarterfinals.
Woodinville led 68-59 with 2:07 left after a layup from Dubois, but Eastlake finished the game on a 12-3 run, with Burton sinking the tying free throws with 18 seconds left.
Regan Schenk had a look at the buzzer in regulation but it wasn’t close.
“I think just knowing that we’ve been in that situation before working our way up to this game gives us confidence against a team like Eastlake or any other team that hasn’t been in it as much as we have,” Schenk said. “We’re more comfortable with time management and running sets than the other team most often.”
Woodinville led by four with 2:22 remaining in overtime after a layup from Zaback. Eastlake responded with a three-pointer from Callie Lind and two free throws from Keeli Burton with 1:19 remaining to put the Wolves up one.
Mia Hughes’ layup with 50 seconds left went all the way into the net before tumbling out, but Hughes deflected a pass from Burton and Zaback rushed down the floor and laid it in to give the Falcons the lead.
“I was really nervous,” Zaback said. “I saw Mia (Hughes) deflect the ball and I just ran into it. I was going to slow down to pass it to Mia, but I just decided to go.”
Hughes, a freshman, led the Falcons with 31 points. Dubois chipped in 22 and was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.
Burton and Gina Marxen finished with double-doubles for Eastlake. Burton finished with 30 points and 21 rebounds and Marxen posted 14 points and 11 assists.
The Falcons advance to play top-seeded Central Valley for the state championship at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Eastlake plays Moses Lake at 11:15 a.m. in the third/fifth-place game.
Central Valley (26-0) limited Moses Lake to just 12 points in the second half of its 51-33 semifinal win over Moses Lake (24-1), handing the Chiefs their first loss. Lacie Hull led the Bears with 13.
Bullock acknowledges it will be a tough 32 minutes against the Bears’ vaunted defense. But what about if they play an extra four minutes?
“Hey, we want one more overtime game,” Bullock said. “We’d love to have it.”