Newport boys, Lake Stevens girls advance | Basketball
Newport beat Mount Vernon's boys 66-55 for a trip to regionals, and Lake Stevens edged the Newport girls 48-43 to stay alive.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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BELLEVUE — Everything seemed to click for the Newport Knights on their home floor Tuesday night as they rolled to a 66-55 boys basketball win over Mount Vernon.
The Knights (17-8) clinched a spot in the regionals and will face Eastmont at 6 p.m. Saturday at Wenatchee High School. That winner advances to the Class 4A quarterfinals Feb. 28 at the Tacoma Dome.
Everyone seemed to contribute for Newport Tuesday night.
It was senior forward Miles Fowler chasing down an errant Mount Vernon pass for an easy finger-roll basket to give the Knights a 13-9 lead early in the first quarter.
It was junior guard Jason Lock draining a three-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer, putting the Knights up 24-13.
It was Isaac Dotson slamming home a thunderous right-handed dunk — his first of the season — when the Bulldogs threatened in the third quarter.
And it was junior guard Will Ferris scoring to give the Knights an 11-point lead late in the fourth quarter after an amazing second effort from Lock kept a loose ball in bounds near the Knights' basket.
It all came as a welcome sight to Newport coach Steve Haizlip after his team suffered a slew of injuries after Christmas.
"These guys have just stuck together," Haizlip said. "Now, we're just getting at full strength, which is so great."
The Knights were without three players — Dotson, sophomore center Calivin Throckmorton, and senior center Riley Herring — at one stretch this season.
Dotson scored 17 points Tuesday night and has 997 for his Newport career.
"When we found out we had the opportunity to get another home game, we wanted it really bad," Dotson said. "When we found out we were going to be playing here, we knew it was going to end in a win."
Dotson was one of four Knights in double figures.
"These guys share the ball," Haizlip said. "They're not a selfish group of guys. They're team players, and we know if we play as a team, we're a good team."
The Bulldogs (16-9) came into the game winners of six of their past eight games.
Lake Stevens 48,
at Newport 43
Brooke Pahukoa scored 22 points as the No. 9 Vikings (18-7) advanced to regionals. Lake Stevens plays Davis of Yakima at 8 p.m. Friday at Wenatchee High School, with the winner advancing to the Class 4A quarterfinals Feb. 28 at the Tacoma Dome.
Anna Crabtree and Chiara Victor each scored nine points for the Knights (16-9) in their final game.