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Buzzer beater cages Lakeside Lions

Spartan junior Alice Russell sent the Bainbridge High girls into the holidays with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to defeat the Lakeside Lions, 48-47, Friday night on the Spartan home court.

Russell, coming off a season breakout game with 20 points in the Bainbridge 53-49 victory at Holy Names Wednesday, struggled in the shooting department through much of Friday night’s contest.

Lakeside took control in the first quarter, and had pushed the lead to 16-10 early in the second quarter when the Bainbridge offense seemed to step into a higher gear against the state-ranked Lions.

Led by junior guard Morgan Zajonc, Bainbridge rallied to take a 25-24 lead into the locker room at the half. Zajonc, scored 19 points in the first half – 12 in the second-quarter alone, including four three point buckets.

The second half proved to be a back-and-forth battle, with the Lions holding a 33-31 edge at the end of the third quarter. Foul trouble hit the Sparts hard in the third quarter, threatening to decimate the Bainbridge roster. Russell, Allie Picha and Lee Maloney picked up their fourth personal fouls in the quarter.

Picha earned her fifth foul early in the fourth quarter, and when Maloney finally fouled out at the 5:09 mark of the final stanza, Lakeside’s Maggie Wilkens hit one from the line to break a 37-37 deadlock and give the visitors a 38-39 lead.

Range finder

It was at that point that Russell appeared to find the range that was betraying her through much of the contest.

The Spartan junior took a pass at the top of the key, and buried a trey to push the blue and gold back out on top, 40-38. Lakeside’s Glenna Wiley quickly responded with a three-pointer of her own to put the Lions up 41-40 with about four minutes to play.

After a time-out with 2:40 left, Russell flipped a quick assist to teammate Tiana Gallagher to tip the lead back to the Bainbridge side of the scoreboard. A bucket and free throw put Lakeside ahead 44-42 at the 1:28 mark.

With the clock ticking under 20 seconds and Lakeside sitting on the ball, Bainbridge was forced to foul. Unfortunately, Lakeside’s Eleanor Miller was up to the challenge as she canned both freebies from the charity stripe, to give the visitors a 46-42 lead with 17.2 seconds to play.

Bainbridge hustled the ball back down the court, and Russell found the bottom of the net for a trey with just eight seconds left on the clock to narrow the Lakeside lead to 46-45. Spartan coach Penny Gienger quickly used her final time-out to lay out the final strategy – steal the inbound or, if that didn’t pan out, foul someone as quickly as possible.

Bainbridge’s Haley Wiggins earned the quick foul with 7.3 seconds to play and Lakeside’s Mikaela Cowles went to the line for two free throws. She hit the front end, but the second bounced off the rim into the hands of a waiting Spartan.

With no time-outs left and the seconds ticking away, Bainbridge brought the ball down the court and got it into Russell’s hands near the top of the key.

She took a few dribbles to give herself some breathing room, and let fly with a low trajectory three-point shot that tickled the twine as the final buzzer was fading.

Zajonc finished the game with 21 points to lead Bainbridge, Russell had 13, Gallagher 6, Maloney 6, and Wiggins 2.

Wednesday, at Holy Names, Bainbridge had to power back from a 46-39 third-quarter deficit to win 53-49. Besides Russell’s 20 points, Zajonc had 15, Maloney 9, Wiggins 4, Picha 3, and Jocelyn Moody 2.

Cat-clawed

A strong final period by the Lakeside Lions gave the visiting boys a 53-48 victory over host Bainbridge in basketball action Friday evening.

The Spartans cruised out to a 13-9 first quarter lead, and held a 25-23 edge at the half. Senior Spencer Evans accounted for 15 Bainbridge points in the quarter as the Spartans took advantage of a pressure Lakeside defense to open up some quick backdoor and inside plays against the Lions.

The two teams played fairly even through the third quarter, ending at a 39-39 deadlock. Spartan Henry Guterson scored 9 of the Sparts’ 14 points in the quarter, including two three-point buckets.

Bainbridge would hold one more lead in the contest, 44-43, with about four minutes to play in the game. However, a basket and free throw by Lakeside’s Linus Chou at the 2:52 mark put the visitors up for good.

The Sparts made it interesting in the final minute of play. A Guterson trey with 13.5 seconds to play narrowed the Lion lead to 51-48, but those were the last points Bainbridge would tally for the evening.

Guterson led Bainbridge with 17 points for the game, while Evans was held scoreless in the second half and finished with 15. Also for Bainbridge, Mark Korsak had 4, James Toepel 4, Schuyler Boone 3, Grant Leslie 3, and Joe Picha 2.

Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Bainbridge took on a red-hot O’Dea squad, and were defeated on the Irish home court, 81-43.

Scoring for Bainbridge in the loss were Guterson with 22, Boone 8, Toepel 4, Kevin Hebner 3, Ross Maloney 2, Picha 2, Evans 1 and Korsak 1.

New Year

Friday’s match-ups with Lakeside mark the final home appearances of 2002 for both girls and boys hoops teams.

The Spartans girls play in the Cascade Classic Holiday tournament this Thursday through next Monday. Bainbridge boys will be at Puyallup for a non-league battle Saturday evening, 7:30 p.m. scheduled varsity start.

Spartan hardwood floor shows coming up in early January: Jan. 3: Boys v. Nathan Hale; Jan. 3: Girls vs. Newport JV; Jan. 7: Boys vs. Eastside Catholic; Jan. 8: Girls vs. Eastside Catholic.

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