BASKETBALL: Overtime loss for West Seattle HS girls in district semifinals

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

FIRST REPORT, 8:31 PM: Just over at Sammamish HS in Bellevue, an overtime heartbreaker for the West Seattle High School girls, losing to Garfield in the district semifinals, 65-59. They play Lake Washington for third place at 10 am Monday, same location but in the lower gym. Full story and photos to come.

ADDED 11:55 PM: This one was intensely fought all the way. Garfield was the tournament’s top seed, West Seattle fourth, but the Wildcats had the Bulldogs in check for a good long time.

West Seattle looked coolly in control much of the way, with tight defense and strong rebounding. They held a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, 29-26 at halftime, with wider leads along the way.

After the first few minutes of the second half, WSHS had piled up a 10-point lead, and the players and fans were exuberant. The energy stayed high after a consultation with head coach Darnell Taylor during a time out at that 39-29 point. Nobody gave up the ball without a struggle to maintain control.

But the Wildcats might have peaked too soon. Garfield chipped away at the lead, in no small part thanks to a few three-pointers, and in the final minute of the third-quarter, the Bulldogs pulled even at 43-43. The tie was up to 45-45 as the quarter ended.

The early going of the fourth quarter got a little sloppy on both sides, briefly, before everybody ratcheted things up again, with the buzzer in sight. The Wildcats were up by five, 55-50, with three minutes to go, but Garfield took that edge away in the ensuing minute via a three-pointer and a basket following a steal. Then with a minute to go, West Seattle’s ferocious #11 Jasmine Gayles was on the floor with a leg problem. Eventually she was carried to the sidelines, smiling through the pain.

West Seattle was ahead by two with less than half a minute to go in regulation. But two foul shots enabled Garfield to get to 57-57, and that sent the tense game into OT.

As overtime began, Gayles was back in the game. The two teams stayed even for the first minute. Garfield’s shooting even grew a bit cold. But then came a foul shot … and then a three-pointer that suddenly turned the Garfield lead into four points. An intentional foul brought in two more points, and in the final seconds, an insurmountable 65-59 deficit, which is where things ended.

SCORING: Six Wildcats contributed: Grace Sarver with 22, Jasmine Gayles with 17, Kelsey Lenzie with 14, two each for Anissa Babitu, Julianna Horn, and Jayla Wilson.

6 Replies to "BASKETBALL: Overtime loss for West Seattle HS girls in district semifinals"

  • Gramma Pam February 16, 2019 (8:42 pm)

    OMG dang it thanks for the update Blog!Go West Seattle girls you can win this on Monday πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ€

  • Randy Smith February 17, 2019 (12:45 pm)

    Great effort by the WS girls.  Unfortunately, at this moment, they may face a tougher road in the state tournament than they deserve.  The seeding in the tournament are based on something called the RPI, a computer ranking run by the WIAA.  There is an error there.  WIAA shows that West Seattle lost to Holy Names 55-49 in SeaKing district play.  That’s exactly wrong.   West Seattle beat Holy Names.I contacted WIAA to get them to correct the error, but they refused.  They said that any corrections need to come from the schools.I have no connection with WSHS, and don’t know how to get in touch with Coach Taylor or anyone else.  I’m hoping that the folks who run the WS Blog, or someone reading this post will contact Coach Taylor or the AD, and get them to get this fixed.The correction needs to be made right away, because the tournament seeding will be set tomorrow.It’s possible that the WS girls could be sent to a loser out game next weekend.  They should be seeded on the it true record, not on a clerical error.

    • WSB February 17, 2019 (2:11 pm)

      Hi – hadn’t heard of this but we will point out your comment to WSHS’s athletics dept …

  • Randy Smith February 17, 2019 (4:07 pm)

    The error has now been corrected.  Fast work, West Seattle Blog!

    • Bjorn February 17, 2019 (7:51 pm)

      I checked their metro, MaxPreps and WIAA at 1:00pm this afternoon and everything was up to date…

      • WSB February 17, 2019 (8:25 pm)

        WSHS AD says he actually caught the error a short time before Randy commented here and it, as Randy notes, was corrected. They are very appreciative of the watchful eyes. Now onward to tomorrow’s games – we plan to be in Bellevue to cover both WSHS games again tomorrow. – TR

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