Washington’s Late Charge Lifts Patriots Past Cougs By Steve Dion
Monday- December 28th
Kennedy High School
Washington junior Alijah Maddox
The fourth game in a big slate of Sterling Shootout tournament play featured the Patriots and Cougars of Washington High School and Cascade Christian. The excitement of the previous game that extended into triple overtime continued in this game as both teams traded buckets throughout the first half of play. Tyler Fox, Jesse Howells, and Grayson Jones each scored eight points in the first two quarters, providing a balanced attack. Washington’s Alijah Maddox and Dante Willis contributed solid first half production and the score was knotted at 28 going into the break.
When play resumed, the Cougars gradually were in the process of building a lead that would extend into the final frame. A pair of buckets from downtown by Fox and Dylan Cooley helped the Cougs grab a lead that grew to eight point heading into the final minutes of play. This is when Jaomani Scott and Kaleb Whitemarsh struck as the pair of guards combined for 15 fourth quarter points which was enough to pass CC in the final seconds. A full court desperation heave by Cascade Christian hit the rim which would have sent the game to overtime, but no such luck for the Cougars.
The Final Score
Washington 54, Cascade Christian 51
Top Performers: Washington
Dante Willis- 12 points Cascade Christian
Tyler Fox- 15 points
Courageous Effort By Montag Sends Sehome to State By Steven Dion
Friday- February 27
Renton High School
Sehome Sophomore Marcus Montag
Regionals have arrived and what was once the state tournament round of 16 is now a final week of elimination games to determine the eight that will represent their classification in either the Sundome, Spokane Arena, or Tacoma Dome. In a clash of 2A dark horse competitors from the west side of the state, Sehome would square off against Washington hailing from Tacoma. The site Renton High School provided a geographical advantage to the Patriots, but the Mariners’ faithful were out in full force to cheer on the green and yellow. A game loaded with momentum swings featured one player that willed his team to victory.
A stark size advantage by Sehome presented itself early as 6’7 forward Leighton Kingma lit up the scoreboard in a matter of minutes. A pair of corner threes and multiple high percentage shots down low provided the sophomore with 17 first half points. Patriot senior Chandler Whalen countered with 9 in the first sixteen minutes to keep the margin close. Marcus Montag showed resilience as the Sehome guard received an incidental elbow to the face and minutes later hit the deck hard forcing him to the bench for a short spell. The Mariners took a slim lead to break with a halftime score of 36-32.
Insightful coaching by Karl Cordes changed the complexion of the contest early in the second half when he brought Willie Thomas into the game. The freshman forward made an instant impact as he added a presence in the post and an additional scoring option for the Pats. Sehome guard Tanner Clark also started making his presence felt on both ends as he registered a double-double including a game-high 12 rebounds. A fantastic finish was shaping up as the fourth quarter began tied at 49 apiece.
Thomas continued to carry the offense and knocked down clutch shots and pulled down key rebounds. Tory Causey and Whalen continued to feed the hot hand as the freshman finished with a dozen points and eight boards. With a five point lead and three minutes remained, Washington appeared to in the driver’s seat to a win. Additionally, Kingma and Logan Deboo were in foul trouble sitting on the bench. Marcus Montag stepped up and knocked a contested three to cut the lead to two. A stop and quick basket tied the ball game up with a minute and a half to go. Sehome continued to protect their bucket and Montag was fouled twice in the final ninety seconds. He nailed all four pressure free throws in the bonus to complete a 12-0 run in the final minutes. The Mariners pulled off a major comeback to punch their ticket to the Sundome for the big dance.
The Final Score: Sehome 67 Washington 60
Top Performers: Sehome
Leighton Kingma-20 points (4/5 3-pt FGs), Marcus Montag-17 points, Tanner Clark-10 points, 12 rebounds