Knights advance to state | Girls basketball

Kamiak beats Lake Stevens for the first time in four attempts
By David Pan | Feb 23, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak’s Kate Huguenin is surrounded by Jackson defenders during a 4A District 1 playoff game Thursday, Feb. 16, at Everett Community College.

The fourth time was the charm.

After losing twice during the regular season and once in the postseason, Kamiak finally pulled out a victory over Lake Stevens 47-44 in a winner-to-state regionals/loser out 4A District 1 girls basketball game Saturday, Feb. 18, at Everett Community College.

Senior Kate Huguenin hit back-to-back 3 pointers with about two minutes left in the fourth quarter to turn a 4-point deficit into a 2-point lead. Up until Huguenin’s shots, the Knights made only 2 of 20 3-point attempts.

“We had five seniors out there on the court,” Kamiak coach Brian Norman said. “They stayed pretty poised. They never gave in. They worked extra hard on defense. They made it difficult for Lake Stevens. They had no clear shots.”

Senior guard Aliea Marrero scored a team-high 12 points and Sarah Payne added 8 points. Payne and seniors Jamie Beirne and Alexie Morris all made key shots down the stretch, as Kamiak outscored Lake Stevens 17-9 in the final period.

“Aliea made two free throws at the end to seal the deal,” Norman said. “All the girls contributed. … I guess the seniors, they didn’t want it to be their last game.”

Kamiak faces Auburn-Riverside in a loser-out state regional playoff game at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

The Knights came into Saturday’s contest with consecutive victories over league rivals Mariner and Jackson in loser-out district games.

Payne scored a game-high 26 points to lead Kamiak to a 70-40 win over the Marauders Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Kamiak High School. Payne and Beirne each scored 12 points as the Knights knocked off Jackson 57-44 Thursday, Feb. 16, at Everett Community College.

Auburn-Riverside has a size advantage over Kamiak with a 6-foot-3 center and and two 6-0 forwards.

“We have to play tough, tenacious defense,” Norman said. “We’ll have to do our best to rebound against bigger girls.”

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