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.

Bothell Outpaces Eastlake – Moves to 11-1

Wednesday night the Bothell Girls looked determined & focused as if they had a plan and were going to execute on it. They played great defense on the Wolves top player, forcing her away from her dominant left hand, were quick to close her out with a hand up to protect from her outside jumper, and defended the screens well with nice jump help. Bothell has continued to run the floor well – every game a bit more aggressive than the last – the outlet passes are zinging up the court after turnovers and rebounds and we are getting plenty of easy layups as a result.

After first quarter it was all tied at 10 as the teams settled in, but Jones and the team turned up the pressure in Q2 and lead 29-19 at half. Marxen had 11 for Eastlake including three 3s and Jones 14 for Bothell at half. The third quarter saw Eastlake cut into the Bothell lead – getting it to 6 at one point – but several fast breaks later Bothell had extend the lead to 43-30 going into the final quarter. As Eastlake tried to make a 4th quarter run hitting several deep 3s, Bothell extended their defense to protect against the outside threat which then allowed several Eastlake layins, cutting the Bothell lead again to 6 with 2:23 left. Eastlake could get no closer as Bothell then finished it out at the line – hitting 18 of 22 for 82%. Final score 68-53. Continue reading Bothell Outpaces Eastlake – Moves to 11-1

Corosdale Honored as Nominee for McDonalds All-American Game

Big CONGRATULATIONS to Taya for being one of the nominees to the McDonald’s All-American Game to be held in Chicago March 29th. Final game rosters are yet to be announced but this is the first step.

Bothell’s Taya Corosdale nominated for McDonald’s All-American game

You can see the USA Today announcement here:

McDonald's All-American Games nominees revealed

Nomination List: 2017-nomination-list_1-10

 

Bothell with narrow win at WHS, plays Eastlake Wednesday at BHS

Taking a hard-fought game 52-48 over Woodinville Friday night on their home court, Bothell remains undefeated in league play and is now in sole possession of 1st place in the KingCo standings.

The Woodinville games over the last few years have been very close, tough games and this was no exception as both teams took their runs. Down 8-10 after 1 and up at half 23-18, Bothell started the 4th all tied at 33.  But then they hit a slump and were down 5 points with 5 minutes left in the game. Not to be outdone, Bothell hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to pull ahead and hold the lead for the final 3 minutes.  Junior Emily Gibson hit two 3s and Taya Corosdale hit one in the run. Corosdale’s 8 for 8 from the line helped Bothell hit 82% for the night from the stripe.

Up next for Bothell is Eastlake @ BHS, Wednesday 7:15PM. Bothell won the away match-up 68-65 in December after coming from behind. Expect another battle and keep and eye on the Wolves all-star guard Gina Marxen who is averaging 20.2 points per game.

Friday Night Quad at WHS – turn it Blue

League co-leaders battle Friday Jan 6th, 6PM @ WHS – winner to take sole possession of first place in KingCo. How better way to spend Friday night than packing the visitor stands with Bothell Blue?

Woodinville 10-1
Bothell 9-1

Woodinville is coming off a big second half in their win at Eastlake on Wednesday.

Run, Bothell, Run!

…and they all said “I just felt like running”

so they ran, and they ran, and they ran! As Mama said “you gotta put the past behind you before you can move on”.  After much better ball movement and back-to-back wins I think Bothell has moved on from their stagnant loss over the holidays to White River.

On Wednesday Bothell faced a rebuilding Issaquah team and after a fairly even start BHS exploded for 10 points in the last two minutes of the first quarter and lead 23-11.

They ran off steals, rebounds and even made baskets; they pressed, they pushed, and they pressed some more.

By half Bothell was up 41-22 – and then came a monstrous 30 point 3rd quarter. Bothell started the 4th quarter up 71-39.  Thru the 4th it didn’t matter if it was starters or subs, the entire team kept the energy high and was always looking to attack the basket.

Final score Bothell breaks the 80 point barrier 83-51 as Bothell moves to 9-1 (5-0 in conference).

Up next? Cross-town rival and league co-leaders Woodinville on Friday at WHS!

Game Breakdown

Bothell had 4 players in double figures. Highlights included Corosdale (27 on 71% shooting, 3-5 from 3, 12 rebounds), Jones (23 & 10 rebounds), Romulus (11), Gibson (10) & Cowan (8 assists, 4 steals). Bothell had 23 free throw attempts (15 makes) as they attacked the rim with intensity all game long and collected many fouls.

Media Coverage

You can read more about the game in the Bothell Reporter article.

Holiday Games Update

Bothell Girls played 2 games over the holiday break.  First they participated in the ShowWare Shootout and took on White River – a battle of unbeaten teams and the #1 ranked 2A team in the state. A week later they played at home and took on the perennial 3A powerhouse Juanita.

White River

In a battle of top ranked teams, Bothell and White River Hornets were all tied up at 10 after one quarter and 24 at half.  Corosdale was in early foul trouble and sat much of the first half.  Bothell picked up their defense in the 3rd quarter and lead 37-31 to start the 4th quarter. Then somebody put a lid on the Cougar basket as the BHS outside shots found rim and the Hornets powered on.

With 3:23 left in the 4th White River took the lead 44-42 behind a strong inside game by 1000 point club 6’2″ Senior Kendall Bird and dead-eye outside shooting by 5’6″ Senior Jane Allyn Norris. The Cougars couldn’t establish a lead and were down 4 with 2 minutes left. Down 5 with just 7.3 seconds left – Keyonna Jones hit a 3 from the right wing (the teams only 3 point make in the game) but Bothell could not finish with the lead as the Hornets tacked on late free throws.

Bothell loses their first game 51-47.

Corosdale lead Bothell with 16 points, followed by Hudson with 10 and Jones 9. Bothell only shot 31% for the game on mostly outside attempts, shooting and uncharacteristically low 1 for 10 from behind the arc.  Their primarily outside game lead to only 10 free throw attempts and they made only 6.

Seattle Times Coverage

Game Photos

Juanita

In the last game of 2016 Bothell played on their come court and took on local 3A rival Juanita and their San Diego State bound player Tea Adams. Bothell bounced back after their loss with strong games by Corosdale (28 points, 4-5 from 3, 11 rebounds), Jones (19 points) and Sydney Cowan (3 blocks, 3 rebounds). Bothell shot 56% for the game. For detailed coverage see the Bothell Reporter article.