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Thursday, February 24, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Girls Basketball

Sea-King 4A District: Skyline tops Woodinville in overtime

Special to The Seattle Times

SAMMAMISH — For the Skyline girls basketball team, the best offense really was a good defense.

The Spartans, stymied for one half last night, turned to a spirited defensive effort to charge from behind for a 70-68 overtime win over visiting Woodinville in the first round of the Sea-King 4A District tournament at Skyline High.

Skyline (15-6) managed just 15 points in the first half and trailed 30-17 early in the third quarter. But the Spartans forced 15 turnovers the rest of the way to force the extra period and pull away.

"Defense turns into our offense," said Tasha Dickey, a sophomore who scored 14 points for Skyline. "We're a run-and-gun team."

Madison Maloney scored a game-high 27 points, 21 after halftime, as Skyline (15-6) earned a tournament semifinal date with top-ranked Garfield Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Juanita High.

Woodinville (15-6) faces Franklin in a loser-out game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Juanita.

The top two finishers in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament advance to the Class 4A state tournament.

"I knew they were gonna bring it in the second half," said Woodinville coach Steve Segadelli, whose squad limited Skyline to 6-for-26 field-goal shooting in the first half. "It was a really good girls high school game."

LeeAnn Palo scored 24 points for the Falcons and fellow junior Amanda Fleischman chipped in 14. Palo's three-pointer gave Woodinville a 61-59 lead early in the overtime, but Skyline scored five straight points and never trailed again.

The Spartans got 20 points off the bench, and several of those backups played key roles in the second-half rally.

Sophomore Samantha Angel had four steals and six points after intermission, and junior guard Kat Brackman hit three of four free throws in overtime to give Skyline a 70-66 lead with 12.8 seconds to play.

Palo made two free throws with seven-tenths of a second remaining for the final score.

Skyline improved to 2-0 against Woodinville this season, but this win was a far cry from the 63-47 romp over the Falcons at Woodinville on Jan. 21.

"We got ourselves in a hole there," said Doug Sackville, the Skyline assistant coach who has been running the team while his daughter, coach Jodi Sackville, has been out with an illness. "We had a little chat at halftime, and told 'em it wasn't about execution, it was about effort."

Other games

At Garfield 101, Franklin 35

The top-ranked Bulldogs hit triple figures for the first time this season as Chanieka Williams (a career-best 20 points), Malia O'Neal (19) and Samantha Tinned (19) combined for 58 points. Williams, a sophomore guard who averages only 4.8 points, took advantage of extended playing time by making 9 of 10 shots and collecting four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Garfield (20-1) plays Skyline at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Juanita. Franklin (9-12) plays a loser-out game Saturday against Woodinville.

At Redmond 59, Lake Washington 35

A 16-1 second-quarter run by the Mustangs sealed a first-round tournament victory over the Kangs. Mackenzie Flynn scored 13 points and Jackie Olson and Erika Edwards combined for 23 rebounds for Redmond, which took advantage of 25 turnovers by Lake Washington. Redmond (16-5) plays Roosevelt at 8 p.m. Saturday at Juanita. Lake Washington (10-11) plays a loser-out game against Inglemoor at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Juanita.

Roosevelt 44, at Inglemoor 40

Sophomore point guard Allison Reiman hit a pull-up jumper with 2:30 remaining to put the Roughriders ahead 38-37, and sank two free throws with four seconds left to seal an upset victory. Reiman also had two fourth-quarter steals and scored nine points as the young Roughriders (11-10), the defending state champions, snapped an eight-game win streak by the Vikings (16-5). Mackenzie Argens, another sophomore, had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Roosevelt. Ashley Brown scored 18 and hit 4 of 5 three-point attempts for Inglemoor.

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