Spring Open Gym

During the months of March, April, and May the Bothell Girls Basketball team will have open gym time Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9pm*. During this time, both the weight room and the gym will be open for girls who want to come and work on their game or their strength during the off season. During this time our coaching staff is only allowed to supervise so girls will be in charge of their own growth and improvement.

We look forward to our continued opportunity to grow! Hope to see you all there!

*If no girls arrive by 7:30 the coaching staff will assume no one is coming and will lock up the gym.

2017-2018 Season

It was a season of big changes for the Lady Cougs!   A new coaching staff and a fresh group of girls gained a lot of experience on the court and began to define what this program will become after losing a bevy of talented and accomplished seniors from the year before.

We could not be more proud of the work and effort our girls displayed through the ups and downs of a long season.  We also could not be more excited for the upcoming season, as we build upon  those experiences and look forward to new challenges!  Let’s go, Lady Cougs!

Finishing Strong – The last big hills of a 26.2 mile race

The Long Race

You could almost compare the length of a season to a marathon, so many barriers to push through along the way, falls to overcome, and hills to climb …  and just when you reach the top of one you see the next hill there before you, blocking your run to the finish. And you can’t skip ahead, you can’t run mile 22 without first running mile 10 & 17, you can’t push too hard or your’ll burn out early and have no energy for that final push to the finish. You’ve trained physically all year, but they say 90% of finishing is in your head.

“Good physical training is important. But what goes on in your head will determine whether you’ll win or lose, whether you’ll be able to break through a psychological barrier or not – and whether you’ll hold a medal in your hands and smile with satisfaction at the end.”
-Tim Noakes

Miles 17-20

These were the first big hill of the race and the team climbed it with focus and determination. These last 4 conference games included a thrilling overtime victory against Skyline on their home court and beating cross-town rival Woodinville and Inglemoor at BHS to end up a perfect 14-0 in conference, something that hadn’t been done at Bothell in 19 years. That’s right – you have to go back to the last century to find a BHS girls team that went undefeated in conference! What a run!

Mile 21

From there the team could see the next big hill in front of them – the KingCo Playoffs, where Game 1 slotted them against Skyline, the team that pushed BHS to OT just weeks earlier. And rise to the occasion they did, marking down a W for game 21 of the season, helped by a season high 30 points by Corosdale. One mile closer.

Mile 22

Thursday night 6:30PM KingCo Championship game vs Woodinville could be the top of that second hill that stands in our way.  Last year we were able to win and move forward – will we be able to do it again in 2017? From what I saw in mile 21 – the team looks prepared, hungry and ready to achieve victory over this hill and push on.

Weekly Roundup

2 wins, 1 loss and a bigger loss

This week was a time of highs and lows, team victories and personal injury. We ended the week with still a perfect league record (10-0) after dominant victories over Newport (68-33) and Mt. Si (61-40), but in Friday’s game at Mt. Si we lost one of our strongest young players, Kelsey Hudson. She sustained a leg injury early in the first quarter as she took the ball full court and had player on player collision during an attempted layup. We will miss her on the court and hope for a safe and speedy recovery.

On Saturday the team braved the mountain passes and headed east to take on perennial powerhouse Moses Lake. After a first quarter 10-10 stalemate, Bothell fell behind in the 2nd quarter 18-28 and never recovered for a 43-55 loss.

The loss pushes Bothell to 14-2 overall and drops us slightly in the state rankings.  We are now second in the WIAA 4A rankings behind Sunnyside (Moses Lake is ranked #9) and we are drop one to fourth in the Seattle Times Power Rankings (Moses Lake is ranked #8).

Game Summaries

Newport

The home game was another standard for the season where we had 4 players in double digit scoring. We won every quarter (17-10, 20-6, 19-8, 12-9), and had a 21 point halftime lead. Corosdale lead with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals & 3 blocks.  Jones had 14/5/3/4/0, Hudson 12/9/1/2/1 and Cowan 11/5/2/2/0

Bothell girls clinch conference tournament berth; Inglemoor falls to Issaquah

Mt. Si

Friday’s 61-40 win at Mt. Si pushed the team to 10-0 in league play with a 2 game lead over Woodinville. The game was a repeat of the Newport win: winning every quarter (13-8, 14-10, 14-9, 20-13) and balanced scoring.  The highlight was a 20 point fourth quarter – it’s always nice to finish strong! Corosdale lead all scoring again with 18 points, had a very strong 14 rebounds (5 offensive), 1 assist, 2 steals and 5 big blocks. Jones had 11 points, 8 rebounds (5 offensive), 2 assists, 1 steal. Gibson had 11 points  and 3 rebounds. Cowan had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Moses Lake

Moses Lake (last year 25-1 and 4th in State) has perennially feisty, state qualifying, girls basketball teams: maybe it’s about growing up in the windswept farmlands of eastern Washington, the water, family tradition or just the coaching. The team we played Saturday was no exception – they were ready and confident, and so was their rowdy student section. The game started with both teams trying to find the others weaknesses and at the end of Q1 it was all tied at 10-10. But then came the Q2 and they doubled us up – outscoring us 18-8 and taking a 10 point lead into halftime. Q3 they were still putting up the points and stretched their lead to 47-31 (although we cut the lead to 10 partway trough the 3rd) as they outscored us 19-13. We held them better in Q4 and picked up a little ground as we outscored them 12-8 for a final score of Bothell 43 – Moses Lake 55.

As a team Bothell shot only 33% from the floor (18 of 54) and 23% from 3 (3-13). We didn’t help ourselves at the free throw line either as we only hit 27% (4-15) – this is very unusual for the normally good FT shooting team.  Corosdale was the only player in double digits with 17 points, only 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Jones had 9 points and 10 rebounds, Romulus had 8 points and 2 assists and Cowan had 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.

Up Next

  • Wednesday we play at Skyline (6-3 league) 7:15 PM
  • Friday we play home quad vs Woodinville (8-2 league) 6:00 PM

This will probably be one of the toughest weeks of the season and will be a real test for the team. Skyline is 5-1 in January and is on a two game win streak after beating Woodinville and Issaquah. Besides losses to Bothell and Skyline, Woodinville has been on a tear – last week beating Inglemoor 73-47 (hitting 10 for 20 from 3) with Soph. Madison Dubois hitting a season high 23 points.

Corosdale Surpasses 1,500 Point Milestone

On a night where the pressure couldn’t have been higher, Bothell Senior and Oregon State comit Taya Corosdale went 6 for 6 from the free throw line and scored 18 points against league rival Inglemoor.

She passed the 1,500 point milestone late in the game, Bothell was down three and Taya was fouled on a step-back three from the left wing. She went 3 for 3 from the line and tied the game 51-51 with 17.5 seconds left. Her second shot was 1500, the third was 1501. I’m glad she didn’t know at the time – she didn’t need any more pressure.

Corosdale hits 1500 career points
Taya Corosdale hits her 1500th career point as a Cougar basketball player.

The Bothell 4-year starter and prolific scorer shared the special night with UW super-star @KelseyPlum who surpassed the 3000 point milestone at the UW. Coincidence or destiny?

Thanks Taya for all your hard work at Bothell, you’ve been instrumental in helping Bothell become a special place for watching amazing womens hoops.

When You Have to Finish Perfect

Some nights are easy and you own the lead for 32 minutes, mark up a ‘W’, and go home.

And then there are those rival nights where you make a few late mistakes and end up down 5  to Inglemoor with 29 seconds left, when you look up at your fans and everyone looks a bit anxious.

These are the nights you grab your teammates hand and tell them “we’re never out of the fight“. These are the nights you remember what it took to get here: the hours in the gym, the hours in the off-season playing AAU, the hours staying late or coming early to shoot a few extra free throws. Remember – this is your story, your dream – you write the ending.

Friday was a night like the later – one where after being up 5 going into the 4th quarter, Bothell found themselves down 5 with 29 seconds left in the game. Many teams would have hung their heads and said “it’s over, let’s go home” – but not this team, not these girls – they showed that they ‘believe that they can win’ – and it showed.

It all started as one of those nights where nothing came easy for Bothell. Down by one 12-13 after the first quarter, Bothell was able to turn the momentum and lead by 3 at half 22-19 and 5 after 3Q 36-31 in a low scoring, defensive struggle.

With 4:42 left in the 4th Bothell was still up one – 38-37, but had only scored two points so far in the quarter and was struggling at both ends of the floor. With 1:15 left, Inglemoor got an offensive rebound, reversed the ball to the corner and Lucy Young buried the 3 putting the Vikings up 46-44. Bothell brought the ball up, had their baseline shot blocked out of bounds and then badly missed a 3 off the in-bounds pass.  Inglemoor brought the ball back up the court and with 34.4 seconds left Hannah Shimek hit a 3 from the right wing putting Inglemoor up 49-44. The Bothell fans let out a collective groan.

Down 5 – 30 seconds left

Bothell called a timeout to regroup and plan how they would respond. This season they’d been behind in the final minutes before and recovered – but nothing like this.

It was a quick hit as the ball rolled nearly to halfcourt before it was picked up, starting the clock. After the made layup it was an instant foul on the in-bounds pass. Inglemoor’s Young hit both FT and put Inglemoor back up 5, 46-51 :28.4 left.

If it worked once – why not do it again?

And they did!  After the Jones layup, Bothell called a time out to discuss the press.  With all players covered the ball was inbounded and bounced of a diving Jada Romulus giving the Vikings another inbounds.  This time on the inbounds pass the ball deflected off the Vikings and it was Bothell ball, their end of the court… down 3… 19.9 seconds left.

The inbounds pass went directly to Corosdale on the left wing, and on a quick step-back, she put up the 3 and was fouled on the shot.

Pressure? What pressure!  To the line for 3 free throws with 17.1 seconds left.

SWISH, SWISH, SWISH

With the full-court press still on, Inglemoor’s Shimek was fouled as she dribbled through a double-team. To the line she went for two free throws with the opportunity to give the lead back to Inglemoor. Rimmed out! Short! The Bothell fans cheered.

Jones with the rebound and she dribbles it up avoiding defenders, 7.7 seconds left and she attacks the basket and is fouled.  To the line, all tied up, 7.7 seconds left, game in your hands.

SWISH, SWISH

Inglemoor inbounded the ball and passed it into their frontcourt, but Bothell deflected the pass and both teams ended diving on the floor for the loose ball as time expired.

Bothell Win 53-51

What a thriller, what a game, what a finish. This is one of those rivalry games and comebacks that will be talked about for years.

Bothell girls score final seven points to beat Inglemoor, 53-51

Bothell is now 8-0 in KingCo and has taken victories off three of its top league rivals on their home court.

Player Stats

Bothell had three players with double digits. Jones lead all players with 21, Corosdale had 18 and Hudson had 10. Jones and Corosdale hit an amazing 12 for 12 from the free throw line, and the team went 15-18 for 83%. Corosdale lead the team with 12 rebounds.

Up Next

Bothell plays Newport at BHS on Wednesday and travels to Mt. Si on Friday.

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