March 8, 2009 in Sports

Kentwood girls win 1st title

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Joanna Balin is sandwiched between Kentwood’s Jessie Genger, left, and Courtney Johnson.
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Courtney Johnson had 18 points and Lindsey Moore 16 to help Kentwood beat Snohomish 60-47 for its first Class 4A girls basketball championship Saturday night in Tacoma.

Kylie Huerta added 11 points for Kentwood (28-1), which placed third in 2007.

Katie Benson had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Emily Guthrie scored 12 to lead Snohomish (24-3). The Panthers were shooting for their first state title. They placed second in 2005 and 1993. The loss snapped Snohomish’s 19-game win streak.

Huerta, a 5-foot guard, scored on two drives to ignite a 10-2 run by Kentwood to start the fourth quarter and give the Conquerors a 16-point lead.

Moore, the tournament MVP, had 10 points in the first half to help Kentwood to a 31-24 lead. Snohomish never led, but cut the lead to 44-38 late in the third quarter.

1A girls

Katie Collier sank four free throws in overtime to lift top-ranked Seattle Christian past Granger 55-53 in Yakima for the State 1A title.

Granger’s last attempt bounced off the rim and time expired as the rebound was knocked around.

Collier, a freshman, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Older sister Melissa Collier finished with 18 points, and Lexi Peterson, whose free throw closed the Warriors’ scoring, added 14.

Janae Klarich, named the tourney’s MVP, chipped in 13 points for Granger (22-5) and canned four 3-pointers.

1A boys

Tournament most valuable player John Gage scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the top-ranked Vashon Island Pirates to their first State 1A title with a 49-24 win over the King’s Knights in Yakima.

Gage made 6 of 7 field goals and all eight free throws the Pirates rolled out to a 24-15 halftime lead and put the game away with a 22-0 run spanning the second and third quarters.

Alex Mar led King’s with seven points.

4A boys

Isiah Umipig tossed in 19 points and Cole Dickerson added 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Federal Way Eagles to a 62-54 victory over the Garfield Bulldogs for the State 4A championship in Tacoma.

DeAdre Taylor topped Garfield with 12 points.

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