March 5, 1995 in Sports

Shadle Stakes Claim To State

Brian Coddington Correspondent
 

AAA girls

All season, the Shadle Park Highlanders have had something to prove.

The Highlanders’ 58-42 victory over Ferris in a winner-to-state, loser-out consolation finale of the Lamb Weston AAA girls Eastern Regional basketball tournament Saturday night in Richland finally did it.

The Highlanders proved they could win a game without Kelly Bartleson.

“The other kids really pulled together,” Highlanders coach Linda Sheridan said. “I think we finally showed we are not just the Kelly Bartleson Show.”

With 3:37 remaining in the game, Bartleson, the Highlanders’ star point guard who averages 16.5 points a game, picked up her fifth personal foul. She was caught for a reach-in, no doubt trying to take advantage of Saxons freshman Amy George’s inexperience in a pressure-packed game. It was not a good gamble.

“I can’t believe she did that,” Sheridan said. “That was a stupid foul for a player of her experience to pick up.”

Jayme Morrisette’s free throws had just cut the Highlanders’ lead to 50-38 after the Saxons trailed by as many as 27 just before halftime.

But with Bartleson on the bench, the Highlanders did not fold like many would have expected.

Instead, up stepped Courtney Clary, JoEne Heimbigner and Kristen Miller to huddle the team on the floor when Bartleson fouled out.

“We decided we needed to pull together as a team and not let it take us down,” Heimbigner said. “We stepped up and took the challenge. We knew we needed this one for (a trip to) state.”

Kelli Pilkington joined the huddle, replacing Bartleson, and would also play a big role.

Miller contributed two big rebounds - 14 for the game - and two foul shots down the stretch to help right the staggering Highlanders.

Pilkington finished off the Saxons with 4-for-4 foul shooting the final 1:23.

As for Clary and Heimbigner? Their roles were those of leadership.

“JoEne’s been kind of an unsung hero for us all season,” Sheridan said. “When we need someone to get it done and when she’s left open, she’s deadly. And Courtney Clary stepping up was great, given that she did not always have that responsibility all season.”

Heimbigner finished with 13 points, seven in the second quarter when Shadle built its biggest lead.

“We call it giving gifts,” Sheridan said. “All of them have different talents and when all of them do what they can, we are a pretty good team.”

The Saxons had Shadle stunned early in the fourth quarter, running off nine of the first 13 points.

Seldom-used Emily Brown, who only scored 27 points all season, came off the bench to hit eight points, including two 3s late in the third quarter, and give Ferris some momentum. But it would prove to be too little too late.

“They took it too us early and we didn’t respond,” Saxons coach Janet Wolkey said. “I’m proud of the way the girls didn’t give up. When we cut it to 12 we had a couple of chances to cut it to 10 and didn’t get it done.”

Ferris had defeated Wenatchee 63-50 earlier in the day and Shadle eliminated Central Valley 63-55.

Shadle 58, Ferris 42

Ferris 5 10 14 13 - 42 Shadle Park 15 19 12 12 - 58

FERRIS Pruett 0 1-2 1, George 0 0-1 0, Morrisette 4 4-4 14, Brown 4 0-1 10, Schmedding 0 0-0 0, Watkinson 2 0-0 4, Lundy 0 0-0 0, Ireland 1 2-3 4, Tutt 1 1 -4 3, Swinton 3 0-0 6, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 8-15 42.

SHADLE PARK K. Miller 2 2-7 6, Pilkington 0 5-6 5, Heimbigner 5 0-0 13, Clary 0 3-5 3, T. Miller 1 0-0 2, Bartleson 5 5-5 15, Rainer 3 0-2 6, Short 2 4-4 8. Totals 18 19-29 58. 3-pointers - Heimbigner 3, Morrisette 2, Brown 2. Total fouls - F 18, SP 18. Fouled out - Bartleson, Swinton.

Shadle Park 63, Central Valley 55

Kelly Bartleson and Shawna Rainer scored all 18 of Shadle’s third-quarter points to lead the Highlanders’ come-from-behind victory over the Bears.

The loss ended CV’s season at 12-14.

With the Highlanders trailing 27-18 at halftime and the season slipping away, Bartleson and Rainer stepped it up.

“We just said to each other that we didn’t want the season to be over,” Rainer said. “We wanted at least one more game.”

Rainer scored eight straight Highlanders points over a 3-minute span and finished with 11 points in the quarter.

Bartleson, who spent the last 6:13 of the second quarter on the bench saddled with three personal fouls, chipped in seven points in the third quarter and eight more in the fourth.

“She’s just a good basketball player,” Bears coach Dale Poffenroth said. “She is as good as and maybe better than anyone in this tournament.”

Kelli Pilkington came off the bench to provide the Highlanders with the spark they would need in the fourth quarter.

The junior post scored three field goals in the first 3 minutes, while the Bears missed 5 of 6 shots during that same span.

Crystal Lee’s seven first-half points allowed the Bears to hold the lead through most of the first half and the 3-point shooting of Angela and Andrea Kallas kept CV close in the final period.

Central Valley 13 14 6 22 - 55 Shadle Park 8 10 18 27 - 63

CENTRAL VALLEY Ang. Kallas 4 0-0 10, And. Kallas 3 0-0 8, Carpenter 3 0-0 8, Ault 1 0-0 2, Clark 2 1-4 5, MacPhee 0 0 -0 0, Sanders 4 3-4 11, Lee 5 0-0 11, White 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 4-8 55.

SHADLE PARK K. Miller 0 0-2 0, Pilkington 4 1-3 9, Heimbigner 0 0-0 0, Clary 0 4-5 4, T. Miller 0 0-0 0, Alexander 0 0-0 0, Bartleson 7 7-10 21, Rainer 8 5-6 21, Short 4 0-0 8. Totals 23 17-26 63. 3-pointers - Ang. Kallas 2, And. Kallas 2, Carpenter 2, Lee. Total fouls - CV 22, SP 12. Fouled out none.

Ferris 63, Wenatchee 50

The Saxons (20-6) used their height advantage to perfection against the Panthers (12-12).

Jennifer Swinton scored 18 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and Danielle Tutt added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The taller Saxons got the Panthers in foul trouble. It allowed Ferris to make 24 of 31 free throws, including 15 of 16 in the fourth quarter, the last 14 in a row. Jayme Morrisette did most of the damage, hitting 10 on her way to 17 points.

Wenatchee committed 26 fouls, with three players fouling out and only got to the line six times against Ferris.

“We wanted a blowout and be able to play eight or nine kids,” Wolkey said. “It was a dog fight. In the first half they were hot.”

Wenatchee 18 14 8 10 - 50 Ferris 17 14 11 21 - 63

WENATCHEE Sparks 1 0-0 2, Schooler 0 0-0 0, Irwin 1 0-0 2, Lowe 2 0-0 4, Walker 2 0-0 4, Isaacson 1 2-2 4, Kelley 3 0-0 6, Ross 0 0-0 0, Brown 0 0-0 0, Riedel 6 4-4 17, King 4 0-0 11, Overby 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 6-6 50. FERRIS Pruett 1 1-1 3, George 0 2-2 2, Morrisette 3 10-10 17, Brown 0 0-0 0, Schmedding 0 0-0 0, Ireland 3 2-3 8, Tutt 5 5-10 15, Swinton 7 4-5 18, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 24-31 63.

3-point goals - Morrisette, Riedel, King 3. Total fouls - W 26, F 12. Fouled out - Walker, Kelley, Riedel.

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