Kamiak’s Carson Tuttle (left) steals the ball from Monroe’s Justin Folz near the half court line as the final minutes tick away of a game at Kamiak High School on Friday. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Kamiak’s Carson Tuttle (left) steals the ball from Monroe’s Justin Folz near the half court line as the final minutes tick away of a game at Kamiak High School on Friday. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Tuttle scores 35, Kamiak tops Monroe 82-73 in Wesco 4A battle

MUKILTEO — Kamiak guard Carson Tuttle, one after another, is laying claim to school records and milestones.

The star junior guard a week ago broke the Knights all-time record for most points in a career and during a pivotal Wesco 4A home matchup against Monroe, Tuttle surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring mark while tying Kamiak’s single-game scoring record.

But for as prolific a scorer as Tuttle is, his defense ended up tilting the game’s outcome in Kamiak’s favor during the final minutes.

Monroe trailed by two possessions with just two minutes to play when Tuttle, on back-to-back possessions, stole the ball from Bearcats guard Justin Folz before scoring both times on the other end and essentially putting the game away.

“That is 90 percent of our practice,” said Tuttle of how much time Kamiak devotes to defense. “That’s something I’m really working on getting better at, just being a leader on defense as well as the offensive end.”

Tuttle’s offensive production has never been in question. He scored a game-high 35 points, and backcourt mate Christian Clausen poured in 19 with five 3s to lead the Knights to an 82-73 win and a season sweep of the Bearcats on Friday night at Kamiak High School.

The win was critical for the Knights (14-4, 9-2 Wesco 4A), who are in a tight race with Monroe (12-5, 7-4) and Glacier Peak atop the league standings.

Kamiak was coming off an emotional one-point win against rival Mariner three nights prior, and the Knights, who have now won seven straight, were playing without Landon Overtuff, who has started the past five games but was out with an illness.

“We talked about it after the Mariner game, every game from now on out is a playoff game,” Kamiak coach Cory West said. “That is our mentality. That’s all we’ve been preaching to the guys, and the guys stepped up. This was a huge game for us.”

Kamiak led the majority, but the Knights had their hands full with 6-foot-7 forward Colby Kyle, who finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and sharpshooter Trenton Newhouse, who scored 22. Folz also chipped in 17.

But every time Monroe made a run to climb back into the game, Kamiak responded.

Folz gave Monroe its first lead, 56-55, since early in the first quarter with a layup off an assist from Isiah Cole with 6:55 to play in the fourth, but Kamiak’s Keller Whitney helped put the Knights back in front by scoring six of Kamiak’s eight points after the game was tied at 60.

A deep triple from Clausen gave Kamiak a 71-64 lead with 2:30 to play.

“We just focused on staying calm and playing our game,” Tuttle said. “We didn’t really want to get caught up in Monroe’s game, (its) shooting and all that. We wanted to focus on what we do and what we do in practice.”

Tuttle’s two late steals and a key charge taken by Daniel Sharpe were difference-making plays down the stretch.

“I think it was just a lot of heart,” said Tuttle of how Kamiak was able to pull the win out. “I mean, we wanted to win the game. There were a lot of guys in the huddle; they were ready to get after it. They just wanted to get the win.”

Next up is a marquee matchup against Glacier Peak on Tuesday at Glacier Peak High School. It’s a game Tuttle said his Knights have been looking forward to since they lost to the Grizzlies 63-50 back on Jan. 6.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Runners pass the Olympic rings as they compete during the first round of the women’s 5,000-meter at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Friday in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Markovc finishes 20th in Olympic women’s 5,000 meters

The Glacier Peak High School graduate placed ninth in her heat and did not advance to Monday’s final.

Jackson's Ryan Contreras is welcomed by teammate Dominic Hellman after Contreras' home run Friday afternoon at Funko Field at Memorial Stadium in Everett on April 23, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Prep notebook: Jackson baseball star picked for All-American game

Also, 2 local high school wrestlers place at the USA Wrestling nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.

Silvertips’ Michal Gut fights Tri-City's Sasha Mutala for the puck during the game against the Tr-City Americans on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Import forward Gut to return to Silvertips for 21-22 season

The 2002-born center was not with the team last season due to virus-related travel restrictions.

File photo
AquaSox can’t complete big comeback in loss to Emeralds

Everett falls behind by seven runs early and closes to within a run before losing to Eugene 10-9.

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny waves to fans during NFL football practice Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
After injuries Penny’s goal is being available for Seahawks

In the last year of his rookie deal, the oft-injured RB showed up at camp slimmed down to 225 pounds.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert celebrates during the second half of a men's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal game against UCLA, Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Edmonds native Kispert drafted by Wizards at No. 15 overall

Former Gonzaga star Corey Kispert was selected by the Washington Wizards in Thursday’s NBA draft.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Dixie State in Spokane, Wash., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Gonzaga won 112-67. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
The rise of Kispert: From Edmonds to All-American to the NBA

Edmonds native Corey Kispert is set to be a 1st-round NBA draft pick. Here’s the story of his ascent.

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Diego Castillo delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Mariners acquire closer Diego Castillo from Rays

Seattle ships reliever JT Chargois and minor-leaguer Austin Shenton to Tampa for the 27-year-old.

AquaSox's manager, Louis Boyd, Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett on July 28, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
AquaSox blow 3-run lead in 9th, fall to Emeralds

Jake Anchia homers twice, but Everett’s bullpen falters late in an 11-9 defeat.

Most Read