Sarah Strand scored 26 points and the King’s defense clamped down on Kristin Schramm, Chelan’s leading scorer, as the Knights beat the Goats 53-37 March 2 to earn a spot in the state Class 1A girls final.
King’s owned the first half, taking a 19-7 lead after the first quarter and a 34-15 halftime advantage. The Goats played better in the second half outscoring King’s 22-19 but had too deep of a hole to dig out of.
Schramm, who averaged 14.4 points per game during the season, was held to four by King’s guards Jana Jack and Lauren Thompson.
The pair usually draws the toughest defensive assignment. They hounded Schramm, who made only one of eight shots and committed five turnovers.
“She wasn’t even supposed to touch the ball,” Jack said.
The Knights held Chelan to 29.5 percent shooting for the game.
“I think our rotation was good tonight. We got good help,” King’s coach Eric Rasmussen said.
Strand shook off the effects of the flu that caused her to miss to two bi-district playoff games to score 18 points in the first half. Strand made 10 of 15 field goals in the game, including three of five from 3-point range.
King’s shot a blistering 59.1 percent in the first half and 51.3 percent for the game. Jack scored nine points and Clauson added seven.
Chelan outrebounded King’s 32-28.
The win gave Strand and fellow senior co-captain Danielle Clauson a shot at another state title.
“Our two seniors played like they were committed to getting to a championship game for the third time,” Rasmussen said.
King’s 55, Brewster 46
In a quarterfinal game March 1, Brewster took an early 19-10 lead in the first quarter, but the tournament-tested Knights did not panic.
Bianca Rowland scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first half to help King’s get within 25-24 at the break.
King’s started the third quarter on a 15-4 run and started to pull away. In the fourth, the Knights led by as many as 12 before closing it out.
After shooting only 34 percent in the first half, King’s shot 46 percent in the second half and 39 percent for the game.
The Knights’ Sarah Strand scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
King’s, led by Rowland’s 10 boards, outrebounded the Bears, 39-30.
King’s 68, Kalama 37
Sarah Strand scored 22 points and Danielle Clauson added 15 as the Knights had little trouble with Kalama in an opening round win Feb. 28.
Strand made nine of 15 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds. Clauson was five of eight and hit a pair of 3-pointers. Bianca Rowland added 11 points.
King’s shot 43 percent for the game and held Kalama to 32 percent shooting.