Bringing the heat: Season ends for legacy-setting Cedarcrest girls basketball team | Photo gallery

Cedarcrest's Susan Kenney drives past a Red Raider foe last Friday, Feb. 15, at home. The Red Wolves got fired up late in the game, and barely missed a win. Bellingham won, 65-63.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

It’s not how the Cedarcrest Red Wolves girls basketball team wanted to end their season.

Coming into districts as the number-one seed, they faced a sure-handed Bellingham team in a rousing home game. But Cedarcrest’s energy fired up too late Friday. Coupled with another loss Monday to Lake Washington, their season has ended.

On Friday, Feb. 14, the girls struggled to come back from behind after Bellingham pushed to a lead, 38-25 at the half. A concerted charge against the Red Raiders had the home crowd on its feet, but the clock gave out, with the Red Wolves down by two, losing 65-63.

“We’ve got to quicken everything up,” coach Brad Knowles told the team at halftime.

“If we had played the entire game like the fourth quarter, the game was over,” Knowles said.

The Bellingham team, rooted on by a small but loud cheering section, rained bucket after bucket in the first half.

“That team shot, lights out,” Knowles said. “Next to Kings, no one has shot that well against us.”

“We just have to play a full game,” said senior guard Kalee Fowler. “We played a quarter and lost by two.”

“We just have to come out strong,” said junior Megan Ditore, who nailed a couple of crucial threes during the fourth-quarter charge. “We just didn’t play our game.”

Susan Kenney had a strong night, showing fire and drive as she battled in for shot attempts. She led the Red Wolves in scoring with 24 points. Lacey Deming shot nine, and Kaylee Fowler added eight.

Giving it all

Senior Kathryn Smith said she and her teammates left it all on the court.

“Every one of my teammates goes out every single game and gives it their hardest,” she said. Tonight, Lacey showed that. She was on the ground for everything.”

Cedarcrest went into a tense loser-out situation Monday against a Lake Washington team that had beaten them once this season. The girls lost, 71-60, at home, dashing their hopes.

“Unfortunately, Lake Washington just had too much size, depth and sharp shooting…they hit nine threes,” Knowles told the Record by e-mail.

The Red Wolves’ class of 2014 has been responsible for the past three-year record of 52-19, a first-ever league championship, three consecutive trips to districts, a first-ever state regional win and made the final eight in the state championships.

“They are ‘basketball sisters’ who played basketball for many years together,” said Knowles. “They took on bigger schools, taller opponents, teams with more depth and always played well against them.  These players put Cedarcrest girls basketball on the map and on a winning direction.”

Next year’s team will be led by current junior Ditore, a starter all this season, and classmates LuAnn Townley and Avery Rich. The program will be young otherwise, with many freshmen and sophomores working for varsity spots. However, youth teams are also anxious to follow the Class of 2014’s steps.

Kalee Fowler fires a free throw during play Feb. 14 against Bellingham.

Lacey Deming fights for a ball against the Red Wolves offense.

Susan Kenney fires a jump shot.

Megan Ditore angles for a shot under the net.

Kathryn Smith aims a free throw.

Lacey Deming and Kathryn Smith go after rebounds.

LuAnn Townley watches the action.

Kenney watches for an opening.

Lacey Deming slips through for a shot attempt.

Lacey Deming makes a penalty shot.

Megan Ditore moves the ball.

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