With a scorching-hot shooting performance in the Southern California desert a few weeks ago, Carson Tuttle produced one of the greatest individual feats in Wesco boys basketball history.
The Kamiak senior standout broke a pair of single-game school records with 52 points and 13 3-pointers in an 85-76 loss to Capistrano Valley (California) on Dec. 30 in the Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational’s Gatorade Division championship game.
“He was in a zone,” Knights coach Cory West said. “I’ve never seen anything like that before.”
Tuttle’s 52 points are among the most ever scored in a single game by a Wesco player. The record is believed to be held by Shorewood’s Stuart Harvey, who scored 54 points in a 2008 contest.
Tuttle, who was named the tournament’s co-most valuable player, said he didn’t know how many points he’d scored until West whispered the jaw-dropping numbers to him during the postgame award ceremony.
“To be honest, I had no idea,” the 5-foot-11 point guard said. “I was just focused on the game and the next possession. I was thinking one possession at a time, just trying to help my team out. I had no idea that it would even be close to 50.”
The record-setting performance came in highly efficient fashion, with Tuttle sinking 13 of 21 3-pointers and finishing 18-of-30 from the field. He added five 2-pointers and was 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.
“It was extremely impressive,” West said. “It wasn’t like he was just gunning, gunning and missing. Those are high percentages.”
West said Tuttle scored many of his points on pull-up 3-pointers after coming off screens. Tuttle said his confidence grew with every made shot.
“I knew I was in double digits at the end of the first quarter, so from that point on I knew I was pretty hot,” Tuttle said. “But then in the second quarter when I hit two or three more 3-pointers, I knew it was going to be one of those nights where it just feels like everything’s going in.
“I was just completely confident,” he added. “Every single time I saw the ball go in, it gave me all the more confidence to just keep letting them fly.”
Tuttle, who recently signed to play NCAA Division II basketball at Texas A&M-Commerce, tied Kamiak’s single-game school record last season with 35 points against Monroe. He then tied the record again this season in a Dec. 1 double-overtime loss to Marysville Pilchuck.
Tuttle is averaging 24.3 points per game this season, scoring in double figures in every contest and shooting 42.4 percent from 3-point range.
“I’m still kind of speechless every time it comes up,” West said of Tuttle’s record-setting performance. “It was super impressive.”
Tuttle isn’t the only local boys basketball player to break a school single-game scoring record in the past few seasons.
Last January, Monroe’s Trenton Newhouse (42 points) and Glacier Peak’s Bobby Martin (35 points) each set a school record.
During the 2015-16 season, Cascade’s Isaiah Gotell (51 points), Jackson’s Sam Saufferer (46 points), Marysville Pilchuck’s Josh Bevan (41 points) and Marysville Getchell’s Cody Day (32 points) each set a school record.
In a Jan. 5 rout of Oak Harbor, Stanwood senior Karl DeBoer broke a school record with 10 3-pointers. He finished with 39 points, falling short of Ryan Appleby’s school-record 45 points in 2003.
Listed below are the boys single-game scoring records for current Wesco schools, according to coaches and athletic directors.
Shorewood: Stuart Harvey (2008) — 54
Kamiak: Carson Tuttle (2017) — 52
Cascade: Isaiah Gotell (2016) — 51
Snohomish: Jon Brockman (2005) — 51
Oak Harbor: Pat McGreevy (1953) — 49
Shorecrest: Chris Chase (2004) — 47
Jackson: Sam Saufferer (2016) — 46
Mount Vernon: Kyle Kingshott (2000) — 46
Stanwood: Ryan Appleby (2003) — 45
Lake Stevens: Mike Williams (1966) — 43
Monroe: Trenton Newhouse (2017) — 42
Arlington: Willy Wampler (1995) — 41
Marysville Pilchuck: Josh Bevan (2016) — 41
Edmonds-Woodway: Chris Thompson (1994) — 40
Mountlake Terrace: John Allen (2006) — 39
Everett: Dan D’Aoust (1968) — 38
Mariner: Jeff Leary (1980-81) — 38
Meadowdale: Gary Morgan (1974) — 38
Glacier Peak: Bobby Martin (2017) — 35
Lynnwood: Anthony Edwards (2010) — 34
Marysville Getchell: Cody Day (2016) — 32