|Saturday- Feb. 16
Girls- Holy Names squeezes past Juanita and advances to regionals
By Colin Caruso
In the girls win and in game of the day at Bellevue College, the Juanita Lady Rebels faced off against the Holy Names Cougars with a trip to regionals to the winner.
Despite six turnovers from the Cougars, Holy Names was able to gather themselves offensively and take an 11-8 lead into the second. Holy Names distributed the ball well and shared the scoring responsibilities, with five Cougars scoring in the first.
The turnovers piled up for Holy Names in the second and Juanita was able to convert those turnovers into easy baskets. Nine turnovers for the Cougars led to 14 points for the Lady Rebels, who had six players score in the quarter. Holy Names was unable to find an answer offensively, only scoring six points in the quarter to go down 22-17 at the break.
Sophomore Janessa Willie led the Holy Names comeback in the third, with a personal 9-2 run on three three-pointers to take the lead by two. Juanita answered with a jumper, but junior Cici West for the Cougars finished on an amazing alley-oop layup to put the Cougars up two at the end of the third quarter, 38-36.
The beginning of the fourth saw back and forth lead changes until Willie hit another three to put Holy Names ahead 48-44 with 3:44 to play. Camariah King finished on a three point play two minutes later to extend the Holy Names lead to seven. Juanita could not close the gap as the quarter wound down, and Holy Names sealed the victory, 55-48.
Janessa Willie (19 points, 3 steals)
Cici West (15 points, 10 rebounds)
Casey Pelz (4 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals)
Mikayla Jones (14 points, 3 steals)
Jaisa Nunn (9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks)
Winnie Levitt (6 points, 7 rebounds)
Mary Carter (6 points, 4 steals)