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Originally published Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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KingCo 4A Girls | Eastlake zones out Garfield

Eastlake's girls basketball team sent a clear message to Garfield Friday night: Beware the 2-3 zone defense. The Wolves escaped with a KingCo...

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Eastlake's girls basketball team sent a clear message to Garfield Friday night:

Beware the 2-3 zone defense.

The Wolves escaped with a KingCo 4A win over the Bulldogs, 67-61, by capitalizing on a 15-0 run to start the second half and junior Ellie Martinez's 22 points.

"We were getting beat," Eastlake coach Scott Sartorius said of his team's first half. "We were flat. Honestly, I thought we were fortunate to be in a tight game still."

The Wolves (3-1 overall, 2-0 league) emerged from halftime with a 26-24 lead and an adjusted defensive scheme, and Garfield (0-3, 0-2) failed to recover.

"That was basically the ballgame right there," first-year Bulldogs coach Craig Jackson said. "They came out and made their adjustments. We tried to make our adjustments, but inexperience showed up for us in a big way."

Garfield, which starts one senior, came back with a 30-point fourth quarter, led by Alyse Harris 13 points, but couldn't narrow the deficit by more than six points. Harris finished with 17 points.

Martinez scored 13 in an evenly matched first half and added seven more in the third. Junior guard Jena Boyle added 14 for the Wolves.

"I was just pretty determined because I know how good Garfield is," Martinez said.

Boys games

At Juanita 50, Ballard 36

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The Rebels (1-3, 1-1) set the defensive tone by holding the Beavers to six points in the first quarter. Percy Montgomery scored 19 for Juanita. Eric Taylor had 13 for previously unbeaten Ballard (4-1, 1-1).

At Inglemoor 68, Lake Washington 60

Nevada signee Mark McLaughlin scored 30 points in his season debut for the No. 6 Vikings (1-1, 1-0), who needed a fourth-quarter rally to beat Lake Washington. The Kangs (1-4, 1-1) led by four entering the final quarter. Will Bush added 24 points for Inglemoor, which plays fifth-ranked Decatur at 7 p.m. at Bellevue CC today in the Les Schwab Hoop Challenge. Greyson Blue led the Kangs with 20.

At Garfield 80, Eastlake 57

Tony Wroten, a 6-5 freshman guard, scored 25 and junior teammate DeAndre Taylor added 22 as the Bulldogs (1-2, 1-1) got their first win.

"We just played as a team, and if we play as a team we can beat anybody," said Wroten, who scored 29 against Franklin Tuesday and is averaging 21.7 in three varsity games. "Defense turns into offense. We forced a lot of turnovers on defense, and we got some fast break points."

Sophomore guard Michael Russo scored 17 for the Wolves (1-3, 0-2).

At Roosevelt 50, Redmond 47

Glen Dean hit a three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining and later added two free throws to complete a comeback victory by the Roughriders (2-0, 2-0). The Mustangs (1-1, 0-1) led by eight with five minutes left. Amin Tufa had 11 points, six steals and six rebounds for Roosevelt. Marcus Flynn of Redmond scored 19.

Girls games

At Inglemoor 59, Lake Washington 44

A 20-7 second-quarter burst put the Vikings (2-1, 1-0) in command against the Kangs (1-2, 0-2). Sally Blackner had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Inglemoor.

Ballard 60, at Juanita 37

Kayla Williams hit three three-pointers and scored 18 points, and Alexandria Lawrence and Evangeline Spracklin each scored 13 as Ballard (4-0, 2-0) stayed perfect. Lawrence hit 7 of 8 free throws. Brianna Rinehart-Young scored 13 for Juanita (2-1, 0-1).

At Woodinville 55, Bothell 27

Molly Soliday got 12 of her 14 points in the first half as the Falcons (2-1, 1-1) built a 31-16 lead. Sophomore Woodinville point guard Amanda Frost collected 12 points, six assists and four steals against the Cougars (1-3, 0-2).

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