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Spartan hoopsters fall to Seattle Prep
Bainbridge High School’s boys and girls basketball teams were edged by Seattle Prep this week, losing their road contests by a total of three points.
The 10th-ranked boys took on the fifth-ranked Panthers Tuesday and led 28-23 at the half.
The Spartans maintained the five-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but committed four of their 15 turnovers in the last three minutes of the game.
“We gave it away,” head coach Steve Henderson said. “We scored our last points with two minutes and 50 seconds left, and we just didn’t execute down the stretch. Everything that could have went wrong in the last three minutes kind of did.”
A combination of poor shot selection and turnovers gave the Panthers the 56-55 victory.
“We outplayed them in every facet of the game with the exception of the last two minutes,” Henderson. “You don’t get better without making mistakes, and what I told the guys was it was good it happened early and it can be a positive.”
Bainbridge out-rebounded the Panthers by 13, and had three scorers in double digits: Will DiIorio posted 16 points, while Chris Bell and Ryan Burris added 10 points apiece.
“It was a tough loss but you’re going to have some bumps on the road,” Henderson said. “The mark of a good team is how you respond.”
The boys team (3-2 in the Metro, 6-3 overall) hosts Chief Sealth (3-1 in the Metro, 4-5 overall) at 8 p.m. Friday.
Trailing 33-31 with three seconds left in the game, the Spartans passed the ball the length of the court and scored on a quick lay-in – after the buzzer.
Despite the loss, head coach Terry Lande credits the team with its most solid 32 minutes of play this season.
“It was probably the best game we’ve played,” he said. “We played with our best intensity and played with our best defense of the year. We held them to 33 points – that’s a good number.”
Bainbridge shot 13-40 on the night, and were 4-13 from the free throw line.
Even though their shots didn’t fall, Lande credits the Spartans with good execution.
“The key is they’re getting more comfortable in the offense,” Lande said. “We had the right shots... I couldn’t have been prouder.”
Micki Johns led the Spartans with 10 points and six rebounds, while Rebecca Sharar added five points and nine boards.
Freshman Grace Kenyon, who had six rebounds and two assists, played tremendous defense the entire game, Lande said.
The Spartans (2-3 in the Metro, 4-6 overall) maintained
the top spot in the Metro’s Sound Division, and face Chief Sealth (0-4 in the Metro, 1-8 overall) at 6:15 p.m. Friday.
Bainbridge has 10 games remaining in the regular season – five of which are against division foes. If the Spartans finish the season with the top spot in the division, they will earn a first-round bye in the Metro League playoffs.