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Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Girls Basketball

Sea-King 4A: Woodinville bumps 2004 state champ

Special to The Seattle Times

KIRKLAND — The calm demeanor and cherubic cheeks belie the competitiveness of Woodinville point guard LeeAnn Palo.

Teammates on the Falcons have called her their silent assassin.

In a do-or-die situation and their season hanging in the balance, Palo scored 15 points and rallied the troops for a 58-43 victory over Roosevelt, the defending Class 4A state champion, last night in a loser-out game of the Sea-King 4A District tournament at Juanita High School.

Palo supplied six assists and two steals as Woodinville (17-6) kept its hopes alive for the school's first state berth since 1992-93, the last time the program had a winning season.

"LeeAnn Palo is a great leader for us," said Woodinville coach Steve Segadelli, who took over this season after coaching the Falcons' boys from 1987-92. "Where in the world would I be without her? I'm just proud of all of our girls. They just keep stepping up.

"That's a big turnaround (from 7-14) in one year. The girls are feeling awfully good about themselves."

Woodinville still must win two more games to reach state as the district's No. 2 seed. The Falcons face Skyline (16-7) in another loser-out game at 3 p.m. Friday at Juanita. The Spartans won both earlier meetings this season.

Roosevelt (11-12) ended its season with a second loss to the Falcons.

"The girls have already put this in perspective themselves," Roosevelt coach Bill Resler said. "They are disappointed the season is over. After the game, when we gathered together, they said the good thing is that we're all coming back next year."

The district championship and No. 1 seed are up for grabs Friday at 6:30 p.m. between Redmond and top-ranked Garfield, at Juanita.

The loser will play the winner of Friday's loser-out contest at 6 p.m. Saturday for the second state berth.

Skyline 70, Lake Washington 47

Junior guard Jazmin Dickey scored 10 of her 19 points in the third quarter as the Spartans beat the Kangs for the third time this season and eliminated them from contention.

Dickey made 9 of 14 shots and had five steals.

The game marked the return to the sideline for Skyline coach Jodi Sackville, who missed three games with a lung infection. Her dad, Doug, a Spartans assistant, ran the team in her absence.

Skyline (16-7) must win two more games to claim the second and final state berth from the district.

Lake Washington (11-12) was led by junior Megan Ferguson's 16 points.

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