Anastasia Stepankowsky
Melvin Arrington from West Seattle struggles to keep the ball away Rainier Beach's Brandon Barnes (55).

SLIDESHOW:West Seattle puts up a fight; falls to defending state champ Rainer Beach

By Anastasia Stepankowsky

Nate Pryor juked, drove and soared his way to 28-points. With a sudden twist of his body, he passed the ball or drove down the court to put the ball through the net. But it wasn’t enough for the West Seattle Wildcats to upset the Rainier Beach Vikings in Metro Conference Sound Division boy’s basketball Tuesday night.

Pryor netted more than half of the Wildcats’ points in a 62-48 loss to the defending state 3A champions at Rainier Beach High School.

West Seattle (5-5) stuck with the first place Vikings (9-1) until well into the second half, and coach Keffrey Fazio was pleased with the Wildcats’ effort.

“When you come into this gym you know what kind of game you need to bring with you. I thought we did that,” Fazio said. “It just speaks that when we put our mind to something we can compete with just about anybody.”

The game opened with stingy defense. In fact, almost four minutes had elapsed from the first quarter, before either team got more than one score from the field. Rainier Beach led only 15-9 after the first quarter.

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SLIDESHOW: West Seattle loses a close one to Bainbridge 50-47

by Paul Moseley

The West Seattle Wildcats boys hosted Bainbridge Spartans in a varsity basketball match-up Friday night and came up just short in a fast paced game that was undecided until the final seconds.

West Seattle, entering the game with a 7-5 record, came into the game having won 5 of their last 6 contests, suffering their only loss in that stretch to Metro powerhouse Eastside Catholic.

Bainbridge Island, after going 1-5 in their first 6 games, turned their season around and were 5-1 in their next 6 games - matching the West Seattle streak and setting the stage for a game between two evenly matched teams.

The Wildcats set the pace in the first half. They relied on their superior quickness and worked the full half of their court - driving the lane as well as draining four 3-pointers (2 by Sophomore Tyler Lenzie). They were up by 6 until a last second half court swish by Bainbridge sent the teams to the locker room with the Wildcats up by three 20-17 at the half.

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Paul Moseley
Sophomore Izzy Turk shoots over a Bainbridge defender. Turk had 14 points including four 3-pointers. West Seattle overwhelmed the Islanders winning 76-25.

SLIDESHOW: West Seattle girls rout Bainbridge 76-25

by Paul Moseley

The best all-around team in West Seattle and the leader in the Metro Conference put on a clinic tonight as the Wildcat girls basketball team beat the Bainbridge Spartans handily 76-25 at West Seattle High School. The Wildcats, 11-2 overall and 8-0 in the conference, dominated the game from the outset, allowing the full roster to contribute to the victory.

The details of the game are pretty irrelevant.

The Wildcats won big, and the Spartans kept their head up the entire game and fought for every point they could get. Paige Brigham, a Senior, was took home the high scorer honors for Bainbridge with eight points. The more compelling story is the experience of watching this team play. They demonstrate focus and drive from the opening tip to the final buzzer, and there is a wealth of talent on the floor to keep even lopsided games entertaining.

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