Snohomish’s Maya DuChesne drives through the Kamiakin defense Thursday morning at the Tacoma Dome. Snohomish lost to the Braves, 57-39. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish’s Maya DuChesne drives through the Kamiakin defense Thursday morning at the Tacoma Dome. Snohomish lost to the Braves, 57-39. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Kamiakin overwhelms Snohomish girls in quarterfinals (VIDEO)

The Panthers’ five-game win streak comes to an end with a 57-39 state basketball tournament loss.

TACOMA — The Snohomish High School girls basketball team knew it was up against a buzz saw in its Class 3A state quarterfinal against Kamiakin on Thursday morning, and the Panthers needed all hands on deck if they wanted to upset the Braves.

So when Snohomish got into early foul trouble, the Panthers had no answers.

Kamiakin’s full-court pressure defense and strength in transition proved too much when Snohomish wasn’t at full strength, and the Panthers fell to the Braves 57-39 at the Tacoma Dome.

Snohomish, the No. 11 seed, stayed with fourth-seeded Kamiakin through the first 10 minutes of the game, with the score tied 15-15 early in the second quarter. However, Courtney Perry, Snohomish’s only interior presence, was whistled for her third foul with 5:09 remaining in the first half and had to go to the bench. Kamiakin closed out the half on a 14-3 run to build an 11-point halftime lead, and the Panthers were never able to get the deficit back to single digits.

“It was hard because Courtney Perry got in foul trouble so quickly,” Snohomish coach Ken Roberts said. “Obviously they killed us on the boards, and she’s a big part of what we do inside, both offensively and defensively. When she was on the court we were fine, when she wasn’t we weren’t able to keep up with them.”

Kamiakin’s Oumou Toure, who will play for Butler University next season, had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Braves (23-2), who advanced to face top-seeded Prairie in the semifinals at 3:45 p.m. Friday at the Tacoma Dome.

Perry and Maya DuChesne each scored nine points to pace the Panthers (17-8), who play Wesco 3A rival Edmonds-Woodway in a loser-out contest at 9 a.m. Friday at the Tacoma Dome. Snohomish won 46-44 when the teams met during the regular season.

Snohomish had a creative game plan for dealing with the Braves, using a triangle-and-two defense, with Ella Gallatin on Toure and a rotating cast of guards on Kamiakin point guard Alexa Hazel. The defense was effective in limiting Toure and Hazel in the first half.

But Kamiakin’s defense was even more effective. The Braves clamped on a 1-2-2 full-court trap every time they scored, and it was the main cog in forcing 22 Snohomish turnovers. It also resulted in fast-break points, with Hazel (12 points), Regan Clark (11 points) and Rylie Clark (nine points) regularly streaking down the floor for baskets in transition.

“The transition buckets in the first half are what killed us,” Roberts said. “We were trying to get Maya into shooting position and we didn’t have other kids rotating back who were supposed to rotate back. We probably gave up 10-12 points on transition buckets, and that’s not something we’ve been doing. They rebounded well, and I think they have confidence in Toure and (Symone) Brown rebounding by themselves, so they leaked kids out and did a good job with that.”

Perry returned in the third quarter, but picked up her fourth foul just 1:15 in. With the result hanging in the balance, Roberts kept Perry in the game, and Perry fouled out with 1:06 remaining in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Kamiakin pushed the lead to as many as 25 points before the teams emptied the benches.

Box score

Talk to us

More in Sports

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Darrell Taylor (52) walk off the field after an NFL football practice, Wednesday, June 7, 2023, team's facilities in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
How Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett has evolved on and off the field

The almost 31-year-old is fighting ‘old age,’ but don’t expect a drop in production anytime soon.

Collin Morikawa, hits to the 13th green during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament, Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Commentary: PGA Tour merger with LIV a vile act of hypocrisy

The PGA is joining forces with its moral enemy whose presence has been constantly condemned by every Tour member with a soapbox.

Empty seats are shown at Husky Stadium during an NCAA college football game between Washington and Oregon State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Seattle. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans were not permitted to attend the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
State football title games moving to Husky Stadium for ’23 season

The WIAA announced Tuesday a one-year agreement with the University of Washington to host the games for the upcoming season.

Giants pitcher Ryan Walker, an Arlington High School graduate, works against the Pirates during the sixth inning of a game on May 30 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Arlington graduate Walker reaches big leagues with Giants

The WSU alum was drafted in 2018 and has since climbed the minor-league ladder until his promotion to the majors on May 21.

Lake Stevens’ Cole Becker celebrates a touchdown with teammates after putting his team up against Kennedy Catholic in the WIAA 4A State Football Championship game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
2022-23 Herald Athletic Cup: Lake Stevens captures 1st place

The Vikings win the competition, which rewards local high schools for their overall athletic success, for the second straight year.

Spring 2023 All-Wesco teams

Note: All-Wesco teams are chosen by the league’s coaches. For any misspellings… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Jordyn Brooks (56) and safety Jamal Adams (33) talk during NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the team's facilities in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
5 things to watch during Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp

The camp is only three days long, but some clarity could arise on a number of issues.

AquaSox bullpen falters in 9th in loss to Canadians

Everett carries a two-run lead into the final inning, but a late grand slam lifts Vancouver to an 8-5 win.

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr., right, gets up after safely steals second base as Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford looks on during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in San Diego. Tatis Jr. advanced to third on the throwing error by catcher Cal Raleigh. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Kirby struggles, Mariners fall to Padres to split short series

The young righty gives up five runs and 11 hits in a season-low 3.2 innings as Seattle loses 10-3.

Most Read