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Cedarcrest girls go overtime before waking up from dream season
When all was said and done, coach Marc Hillestad's dream of taking
his Cedarcrest girls' basketball team into the Kingco playoffs lasted an
extra week. Unfortunately, the Red Wolves were eliminated in the first round
of league tournament action, ending the gutsy team's dream season.
In Wednesday night's first-round playoff game at Bellevue
Community College, Mercer Island notched the overtime victory by a score of
37-33. The ladies from Duvall failed to score in the extra period as the Islanders
built an early lead and hung on for the win.
The Wolves jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first period behind
the shooting of junior forward Melanie Klevberg, but the Islanders came
back to knot the halftime score at 15-15. The teams battled back and forth
in the second half and ended regulation tied at 33.
Klevberg finished with 10 points and was the only Red Wolf in
double figures while senior guard Heather Sherfey scored nine points in the
final game of her high school career. Lindsay Peterson, Sarah Gustat and
senior Erin Townsend each contributed four points toward the Cedarcrest cause.
The win boosted Mercer Island's record to 9-4 in Kingco play and
15-7 overall. The Islanders finished the year in third place in Kingco's Sky
Cedarcrest ended its 1999-2000 season with a 9-12 overall and
4-9 record in league games, good enough for fourth place in the league's
Valley Division. The four wins were more than any other Cedarcrest team
had notched since joining Kingco.