8:24 PM: The West Seattle High School boys weren’t going to let the season end with a string of defeats – so an intense home game tonight just ended with a big win over Interlake, 58-37. Next up: The Wildcats play Garfield, 8:30 pm Tuesday @ Ingraham. Full details and photos to come.
ADDED 10:55 PM: WSHS #3, senior Sage Nelson, led scoring with 18 points – one of four Wildcats with double-digit totals.
Though Interlake scored first, they lost the lead within the first two minutes of the game and never got it back.
WSHS #13, senior Vlad Salaridze, got West Seattle’s first four points and ended the game with 11. But the team’s second-leading scorer of the night wasn’t another of the seniors, but the freshman who started along with four from the Class of 2020 – #24, Chase Clifton, with 13 points:
#12, sophomore Isaiah Watts, was right behind, with 12 points.
No matter who was on the floor, WSHS played with intensity and focus.
First-year head coach Dan Kriley‘s team had started the season strong and played tonight like they were determined on finishing that way. #2, senior Abdi Jama, was impressive too:
The WSHS lead just kept building – 18-9 after one quarter, 31-19 at halftime, 40-25 after the third quarter. The Wildcats shot well, including an ample complement of 3’s, and Interlake did not. The Saints had trouble getting through West Seattle’s smothering defense and scored only from outside and from the foul line until the first half was almost over.
In the second half, they briefly cut the lead to 9 points, but never got closer. WSHS didn’t take anything for granted, fighting hard for a loose ball even in the fourth quarter when victory was in sight.
NEXT UP: Garfield is the top seed in districts. The Bulldogs won when the two met in January