Girls tame Lions, boys fight for survival

Emily Farrar punctuates a fast break with a layup during fourth-quarter play in the Spartans’ 53-25 win over Lakeside at Paski Gym Wednesday. Next up: Prep. - DOUGLAS CRIST/Staff Photo
Emily Farrar punctuates a fast break with a layup during fourth-quarter play in the Spartans’ 53-25 win over Lakeside at Paski Gym Wednesday. Next up: Prep.
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The Spartan boys need a win today over Sealth to advance to the district tournament.

The Spartan basketball teams split a pair in Metro League tournament play this week, with the boys’ and girls’ next postseason tests coming this afternoon in Seattle.

The boys face Chief Sealth in a 12:15 p.m. contest at Ingraham High School, while the girls tip off against Seattle Prep at 2 p.m. at the same venue.

At stake are berths and seedings in the upcoming district tournament.

Wednesday, the girls took the Paski Gym hardwood against Lakeside, a team they’d beaten by 43 points just 10 days earlier.

The Spartans (13-8) overcame a listless first half, digging in behind Allie Picha’s 19 points – eight in the first quarter – to down the Lions once again, this time by a comparatively benign 53-25 margin.

Neither team could score for several minutes to open the contest, although Bainbridge finally opened up a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and coasted to a 28-16 advantage at the half.

Assistant coach Terry Lande cited the Spartans’ aggressive play after the intermission.

“When we attack, we’re in better shape,” Lande said. “When we stand around, we’re in trouble.”

Jocelyn Moody came off the pines to provide a second-half spark, scoring back-to-back buckets at one point after the action bogged down amidst turnovers.

Two Picha baskets rounded out the run after a Lakeside turnover and a steal, putting the Spartans up 40-19 at the end of three and putting the contest out of doubt.

Reserves took the court for the final few minutes, earning a spirited reception from the stands for their play.

The win assured the Spartans a berth in the upcoming district tournament, which begins Tuesday wth games at both Mercer Island and Ingraham high schools. Saturday’s action determines whether the Spartans will have a fifth or sixth seed as they look to move on to the state tournament.

The boys took a more tenuous route through the postseason, falling in their road contest against Cleveland Tuesday (54-53).

The Spartans ran into a team of sprinters whom coach Scott Orness described as “the quickest team in the league.”

Bainbridge turnovers showed up as debits on the scoreboard throughout the first half.

Nevertheless, the Spartans rallied from 14 down going into the final frame, and had a chance to eke out a win.

Bainbridge had the ball with under 10 seconds to play, but failed to convert several shots from the floor.

Theo Miller led the Spartans with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Grant Leslie scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter to pace the late rally.

Today’s contest against Chief Sealth will determine the Metro League’s final district tournament berth.

A win would give the Spartans the No. 7 seed and a likely date against O’Dea at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at Ingraham.

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