KW girls stumble against Shoreline

KW co-coach Brian Hanley consoles Kristen Anderson after Tuesday’s loss. - Jesse Beals
KW co-coach Brian Hanley consoles Kristen Anderson after Tuesday’s loss.
— image credit: Jesse Beals

PUYALLUP — A combination of injuries, illness and fouls combined with a hot-shooting opponent all spelled trouble for the King’s West Warrior girls as they lost 50-39 to Shoreline Christian on Tuesday in the Tri-District tournament at Chief Leschi in Puyallup.

The Warriors (17-7 overall) played last night in a loser-out game against Mount Vernon Christian (11-14 overall) and a win would put them into a noon contest against the winner of the Darrington-Clallam Bay game to decide the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds from the West Central district.

Both teams have two wins over common foe Darrington this season.

The Warriors opened the game with starters Chloe Mosey and Megan Spence on the bench and leading scorer Kristen Anderson picked up three fouls with 3:46 left in the first quarter.

With Anderson on the bench, Mosey limited because of knee injury and Spence feeling the effects of an illness, the Warriors fell behind 21-4 at the end of the first quarter and trailed 31-13 at halftime.

“I asked our kids when we were down 21-4 if they were done and they said no we’re ready to play some basketball,” said King’s West co-coach Dave Kerkoff.

After trailing 40-20, the Warriors went on a 17-6 Anderson-led run to bring them within nine points with 1:30 left in the game.

However, the Warriors failed to get any closer as they lost 50-39.

After the game, co-coach Brian Hanley said he wasn’t sure if Mosey or Spence were going to be available for the game until just hours before game time.

“We were out of kilter from the get-go and didn’t get back together until halftime,” Hanley said.

Having a couple of new starters upset the team’s rhythm and changed the entire dynamic for a young team, he said.

However, Hanley said he fully expects the team to be ready for its game against Mount Vernon Christian yesterday. Results were unavailable at press time.

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