Girls hoopsters win another division title

Ariel Fountain fights her way out of a Rainier Beach double team Wednesday night at Paski Gymnasium. The sophomore post scored eight points in the Spartans’ 56-28 win.  - John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo
Ariel Fountain fights her way out of a Rainier Beach double team Wednesday night at Paski Gymnasium. The sophomore post scored eight points in the Spartans’ 56-28 win.
— image credit: John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo

After the loss of its standout guard Davi Gonzales to a season-ending injury, the Bainbridge girls’ basketball team could have sat back and folded.

Instead, they regrouped and compiled a 7-1 record to take home its second straight Metro League Sound Division title.

They’ve won six straight since its 70-23 loss Jan. 14 to the defending state champs in Cleveland, culminating in its 56-28 win over Rainier Beach Wednesday.

The Spartans took a 21-8 lead after the first quarter, but both sides had trouble scoring in the second and third periods.

Bainbridge got back on track in the fourth, as Grace Kenyon scored seven of her 15 points in the quarter while Wesley Nottingham contributed with a three pointer. Nottingham finished with 13 points while Kenyon added 11 rebounds. Micki Johns had eight points and seven rebounds while Morgan Moniz had nine assists.

Head coach Terry Lande said the team has responded well to the loss of its star player.

“The kids are definitely taking the challenge to play as hard as they can,” he said. “She help set a standard and they’re trying to reach that standard.

“It’s been hard at times, but when things aren’t going well, now we’re getting kids to try and take over,” Lande continued. “Before, we were looking for someone to take over. Now, someone is always stepping up and taking over.”

Lande gave credit to an eight-person rotation that has led the way during the winning streak.

“It’s been a different kid at different times,” he said. “One night it was Grace – Wesley hit some shots tonight and she’s hit some shots that have helped us out. Ariel (Fountain) and Chase (McMahon) have come off the bench and given us good minutes and played good defense. They’ve all collectively picked it up.”

Against the Vikings Friday, the Spartans defeated them 65-46. Bainbridge outscored Beach 39-13 in the first half and cruised the rest of the way.

Moniz and Hannah Depew led the way with 18 points each. Depew had five rebounds, five steals and four assists while Moniz had four assists.

Kenyon had nine points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

Against Chief Sealth Saturday, Bainbridge was up by only eight going into halftime, but held the Seahawks to 11 points in the second half.

Kenyon had another double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds while Johns had three points and nine rebounds.

Bainbridge wraps up the regular season at 8 p.m. Friday at West Seattle.

The Spartans move on to the Metro tournament as the fourth seed and head to Holy Names Tuesday at 7 p.m.

If Bainbridge wins, they will play either Cleveland, Lakeside or Seattle Prep for the Metro League title at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Seattle Pacific University.

If they lose, they will play either Seattle Prep, Cleveland or Lakeside at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Win or lose, the Spartans are assured of at least a fourth seed into the 3A Sea-King District tournament.

They would host the fourth seed from 3A Kingco Feb. 12. A game time has yet to be determined. The top five make it to state.

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