Senior makes key free throws to lead Kamiak to win | Girls basketball
Last updated 12/28/2016 at Noon
Kamiak senior wing Kate Huguenin picked the right time to have her best game of the season.
Huguenin scored six of her team-high 20 points in the final three minutes to lead the Knights to a 68-64 victory over Edmonds-Woodway in a nonconference girls basketball game Dec. 20 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
“We played really well,” Huguenin said. “Everyone was just passing the ball to each other. It felt like a really good team win.”
In a back-and-forth game, Kamiak led 37-36 at halftime and the two teams were tied at 48 with about two minutes left in the third quarter. The Knights eventually pulled ahead 54-50 on a basket by junior Alex Gallaher.
The Warriors later knotted the score at 59 on a pair of free throws by senior guard Missy Peterson with 3:02 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Huguenin then connected on two free throws, hit a shot and made two more free throws to give Kamiak a 65-61 lead with 25.3 seconds left in the game.
“I think Kate had a wonderful game tonight,” Kamiak coach Brian Norman said. “She didn’t settle for the 3. She attacked the rim.”
Kamiak senior Aliea Marrero then made two free throws before Edmonds-Woodway’s Adrienne Poling hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 67-64 with five seconds left.
Sarah Payne was fouled and made one of two free throws to seal the Knights’ victory.
“That was one of our goals tonight getting to the line a little more than we have been,” Norman said. “We got to the line a little more, not probably as much as we wanted to, but when we got there, we did make the majority of them. We made the free throws, especially when it counted.”
Payne finished with 13 points and Gallaher added 10. Peterson led all scorers with 21 points, including four 3-pointers in the first half. Peterson was hitting a number of deep 3-pointers in the first two quarters.
“We lost her a couple of times,” Norman added.
In the second half, Kamiak tried to pay attention to the Edmonds-Woodway standout.
“Jamie (Beirne) did a nice job keeping the pressure on her,” Norman said. “She’s a tough player, so it takes more than Jamie to hold her down. Team defense was pretty good.”
The Knights (5-1 overall) struggled with rebounding for most of the game but stepped up their efforts in the final period.
“I think we did better battling for boards and we were getting after it,” Huguenin said. “We were getting loose balls. The ball was kind of landing in our hands.”
Norman agreed with Huguenin that rebounding continues to be a challenge for a squad whose tallest player is 5-foot-10.
“Rebounding is our nemesis,” he said. “We just give up too many offensive rebounds. That’s one thing we’re going to continue to work on. So we’ve got a little ways to go on that.”
Norman liked the ball movement he saw from the Knights, especially in the first half.
“Our shooting was very good. Their shooting was very good,” he said. “I really liked the fact that we shared the ball and just kind of made each other better out on the court.”
Kamiak is scheduled to face Shorewood (Dec. 29) and Stanwood (Dec. 30) at the Mountlake Terrace Holiday tournament.
Norman wants the Knights to continue to push the ball up the court.
“We need to transition and look early and often for shots,” he said.