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Season ends at districts for Red Wolf girls basketball team
The Lady Red Wolves’ basketball season came to an end in the second round of district play, Feb. 13, with two tough losses, to Sehome and Lynden.
Cedarcrest hosted the first round of districts on Friday, Feb. 10. They were the Cascade Conference second seed, matched with the Northwest Conference’s third seed, Sehome. The Red Wolves had a one-point lead after the first quarter, then ended up down by one at halftime.
The third quarter was pivotal, as Sehome increased their lead to 10, mostly due to eight free throws. The fourth quarter was even, with the end result Sehome 52, Cedarcrest 42.
“Sehome’s advantage at the free throw line was a big factor, they went to the line 25 times and made 18, while we went the line only seven times and made five,” said Cedarcrest coach Brad Knowles. “I was happy with how we played, they tried to press us from the start, but we broke it down quickly, so they just went back into a zone and slowed the pace down.”
“We just didn’t score enough in the second half,” Knowles concluded.
Susan Kenney, the season-long scoring leader, again led Cedarcrest with 17 points, but suffered a dislocated shoulder, in the last minute of the game, which ended her season.
Cedarcrest then traveled to Skagit Valley College on Feb. 13, to play Lynden in a round two loser-out game.
“Without Susan we knew it was going to be a tougher challenge, but Kalee Fowler and Sarah Stauffer both stepped up and played very well for us as point guards and added 18 points between them,” Knowles said.
Lynden jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but Cedarcrest battled back to get within 5 points in the middle of the first half. Lynden’s hot shooting kept them ahead and they defeated Cedarcrest 53-38.
“I’m proud of how the girls played hard the entire game and never gave up. Our lone senior, Tasha Hartwig, had a good game and hit two threes in the first quarter that gave us a spark when we needed it,” said Knowles.
“We were out rebounded and that is something we are really going to work on this summer and next fall. We had a good season, 13-9 overall and went to district. We’re a young team and with hard work this summer, we will back next season, stronger and better than ever. We are already excited about next season.”