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Thursday, January 20, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Girls Basketball

KingCo 4A: Woodinville moves past Lake Washington

Special to The Seattle Times

KIRKLAND — By now, the rest of the KingCo 4A Conference should believe in the talent of the Woodinville High School girls basketball team.

The Falcons' success, buoyed by tough defense, is no longer a surprise in 2004-05. Now, there's more proof.

Junior point guard LeeAnn Palo poured in career-high 24 points and added six assists as Woodinville put up further evidence as a legitimate KingCo 4A contender with a decisive 56-34 win over host Lake Washington last night.

The Falcons (10-2 overall, 5-1 league) bounced back from Friday's 77-50 loss to then-No. 1 Garfield with a solid all-around effort that began with lock-down defense and finished with sharp passing on offense.

"This year, there's a lot more focus and a lot more pride," said Palo, who started as a sophomore on last year's 7-14 team. "We get after it on defense. We believe it all starts with defense.

"Our new coach (Steve Segadelli) came in with a lot of intensity. He expects a lot more, but he respects us. We're happy with the results."

Segadelli, 55, coached boys' teams for 15 years before taking over the Falcon girls this winter. He last coached the Woodinville boys from 1987-92.

"If you'd told me we'd have been 10-2 after 12 games, I'd have said, 'No way,' " Segadelli said. "I just challenged them to play defense. The style they played last year was chaotic and they made a lot of turnovers and gave up a lot of points."

The Falcons came in giving up just 48 points per game, tops in KingCo 4A and met the challenge again after a sub-par effort against high-scoring Garfield.

Lake Washington (7-5, 3-3) didn't score its first point until 4:08 had elapsed. Claire Fox got on track and scored eight of her team-high 15 points for the Kangaroos in the first half. But by that time, Woodinville had opened a 28-14 advantage.

The 5-foot-8 Palo got her team rolling early on offense with nine points in the first quarter and 12 by halftime. The Falcons never backed off on offense, attacking the glass again and again.

"There was no letdown," Segadelli said. "We wanted to try to keep the heat on and we ended up having a pretty big third quarter. We wanted to attack and not have the feeling that we needed to protect that lead."

Woodinville's starting 6-foot center, Liz Horiatis, left the game for good with 2:24 to go in the first quarter, but her replacement, Megan Lombard came in to supply seven points, five rebounds and four assists.

The Falcons owned a 43-24 advantage on the boards, with 18 offensive rebounds, and limited LW to many one-shot possessions. Senior post player Danielle Everett led Woodinville with 17 rebounds.

Junior forward Amanda Fleischman contributed 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Falcons.

Other girls games

Redmond 80, at Inglemoor 43

Mackenzie Flynn scored 23 points, including three three-pointers, and Colleen Betteridge had 19 points and five treys as the Mustangs (8-4, 5-1) pounded the Vikings (8-4, 3-3). Ashley Brown of Inglemoor had 18 points and eight rebounds.

Ballard 52, at Bothell 50

Kayla Williams led a fourth-quarter comeback by the Beavers (6-6, 1-5) as the notched their first KingCo 4A victory. Williams scored 17 points and Amber Hering scored 14, including the go-ahead free throws with 5 seconds left for Ballard. Ashley Vierra led the Cougars (3-9, 1-5) with 18 points.

Garfield 77, at Eastlake 30

The top-ranked Bulldogs (10-1, 6-0) rebounded from their first loss this season, 48-46 to Meadowdale on Monday, with a one-sided victory over the Wolves (4-9, 1-5). Malia O'Neal scored 19 and Jamila Bates 17 for Garfield.

Skyline 55, at Franklin 48

Jazmin Dickeys 22 points helped the Spartans (9-3, 5-1) stay tied with Redmond for the East Division lead. Domonique Darden led Franklin (6-5, 2-4) with 15 points.

At Roosevelt 45, Juanita 32

Mackenzie Argens, a 6-3 sophomore, missed one shot, hitting 7 of 8 field-goal attempts and all three of her free throws for 17 points for the Roughriders (7-5, 4-2). Argens also had 10 rebounds and four blocks. Junior guard Maggie Torrance had six steals and four assists and sophomore Ariel Evans grabbed 13 rebounds against the Rebels (2-10, 0-6).

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